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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - H

(Idioms H page 10 :   holier-than-thou   →   horns of a dilemma)

holier-than-thou The attitude of people who consider themselves to be more virtuous or morally superior to others can be called 'holier-than-thou'.
I can't stand the holier-than-thou attitude of some political candidates.
hollow victory A victory obtained in unsatisfactory conditions, which as a result seems worthless or without significance for the winner, is called a hollow victory.
Won in the absence of the major ski champions, his gold medal was a hollow victory.
on  the home stretch To say that you are on the home stretch means that you are approaching the end of something such as a task, a race or a journey.
Don't give up - we're on the home stretch now.
home truths If you tell somebody some home truths, you tell them some unpleasant facts about themselves which are often difficult to accept.
David needs to be told some home truths, whether he likes it or not!
honeymoon is over To say that the honeymoon is over means that the initial period
of friendship and cooperation between people, groups or organisations has ended.
He was elected only six months ago, but the honeymoon is already over.
honour among thieves This expression means that even criminals have a sense of loyalty and they respect a certain code of behaviour.
The bank robber refused to reveal the names of his accomplices which shows that there is honour among thieves.
by hook or by crook If you say that you will do something by hook or by crook, you mean that you will succeed in doing it in whatever way is necessary, whether it is honest or not.
I'll get my revenge, by hook or by crook!
get off the hook If you do something wrong and manage to get off the hook, you avoid punishment or blame.
Barry was questioned by the police but his lawyer managed to get him off the hook.
hook, line and sinker If you fall for a story or an explanation hook, line and sinker, you completely believe it.
I didn't think he'd believe my story, but he fell for it hook, line and sinker!
(not) give a hoot To say that you don't or couldn't give a hoot means that you don't care at all about something.
She wears eccentric clothes but she couldn't give a hoot about what others think.
hop, skip and jump To say that a thing or place is only a hop, skip and a jump away from another means that they are very close to each other.
The school's just a hop, skip and a jump away from our new house.
hope against hope If you hope against hope, you continue to hope even when the situation looks bad.
The whole building was destroyed by fire.  John's parents are hoping against hope that he escaped in time.
horns of a dilemma If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with a choice between two equally unpleasant options.
I'm on the horns of a dilemma; I have to choose between a boring job with a good salary or a more interesting job with a lower salary.
 
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