English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - E
|eat dirt||If you eat dirt, you are forced
to accept another person's bad treatment or
As a consequence of the strike, the employees had to eat dirt.
|eat a horse||If you say that you could eat a
horse you mean that you are very
Let's get something to eat. I'm starving. I could eat a horse!
|eat, sleep and breathe something||If you eat, sleep and breathe
something, you are so enthusiastic and
passionate about it that you think about it
He's an enthusiastic golfer; he eats, sleeps and breathes it!
|eat someone alive||If you criticize someone severely
because you are angry with them, you eat
(You can also be eaten alive - bitten repeatedly - by insects.)
The boss will eat me alive if the report arrives late.
|eat out of house and home||This is a humorous way of saying that
someone is eating large quantities of your
I stock up with food when my teenage sons invite their friends over. They'd eat you out of house and home!
|eat/dip into one's savings||If you eat or
dip into your savings, you spend part
of the money you have put aside for future
I had to dip into my savings to have the car repaired.
|eat out of someone's hand||If you eat out
of somebody's hand, you are eager to
please and will accept to do anything that
She is so persuasive that she has people eating out of her hand in no time.
|eat your words||If you eat your
words, you have to admit that what you
said before was wrong.
After predicting disastrous results, he had to eat his words when he saw the success of the new product.
|economical with the truth||To say that a
person is economical with the truth
means that, without actually lying, they
omit important facts or give incomplete
The politician was accused of being economical with the truth.
|edge of one's seat||Someone who is
on the edge of their seat is very
interested in something and finds it both
extremely exciting and nerve-wracking.
Look at Bob! He's on the edge of his seat watching that rugby match!
|egg someone on||If you egg
someone on, you urge or strongly
encourage them to do something.
She didn't really want to learn to drive but her children kept egging her on.
|bad egg||To refer to someone
as a bad egg means that they cannot trusted.
I don't my son to be friends with Bobby Smith. Bobby's a bad egg!
|nest egg||If you have a nest egg, you
have a reserve of money which you put aside
for future needs.
Our parents consider the money from the sale of their house as a nest egg for their old age.
|all your eggs in one basket||If you have all
your eggs in one basket, you depend on
one plan or one source of income.
If you invest your savings in one bank, you'll have all your eggs in one basket.
|walk on eggshells||If you walk on
eggshells with someone, you are careful
not to hurt or offend them.
She's so sensitive, you have to walk on eggshells with her all the time.
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