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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms  - E 

(Idioms E page 4:   even the score  →  eagle eyes)

even the score When a person decides to even the score, they try to get their revenge on someone who has cheated or done them harm.
When Jack discovered that Bob had cheated, he was determined to even the score.
even steven Two or more people who are even stevens are equal to each other.  None of them has more than the others; none is owed anything or has anything due.
The two boys shared equally the money they made delivering pizzas so now they're even stevens.
every dog has its day This expression means that everyone can be successful at something at some time in their life.
I didn't win this time, but I'll be lucky one day.  Every dog has its day!
every nook and cranny Every nook and cranny means every possible part of a place.
She searched every nook and cranny of the old town looking for antiques.
every Tom, Dick and Harry This expression means everyone or everybody.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a credit card nowadays!
necessary evil If you say that something is a necessary evil, you don't like it but you understand that it has to exist and be accepted.
Vaccinations are a necessary evil if you want to travel.
exception proves the rule If something is different from a general belief or theory, it shows that the belief or theory is true.
Most teenagers love fast food, but Ben is the exception that proves the rule - he's the only one of our children who insists on healthy food!
excuse my French This expression is used as an apology for using crude or offensive language.
He's a bloody nuisance, if you'll excuse my French.
explore all avenues If you explore all avenues, you try out every possibility in order to obtain a result or find a solution.
We can't say it's impossible until we've explored all avenues.
apple of your eye A person, usually a child, who is the apple of your eye is one for whom you have great affection.
My grandson is the apple of my eye.
in the eye of the storm A person or organisation who is in the eye of the storm is deeply involved in a difficult situation which affects a lot of people.
The minister was often in the eye of the storm during the debate on the war in Iraq.
one in the eye If an event or development is an unexpected disappointment or defeat for someone, you can say that it is one in the eye for that person.
My promotion was one in the eye for my ambitious colleague.
more than meets eye This expression means that something is more complicated or more interesting than it first appears.
They say it's just a disagreement, but we think there's more to it than meets the eye.
eagle eyes Someone who has eagle eyes see or notices things more easily than others.
Tony will help us find it - he's got eagle eyes!
   
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