English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - H
|happy-go-lucky||If you are a
happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful
and carefree all the time.
He's a happy-go-lucky sort of guy - always in good humour.
|hard and fast||Something which is
hard and fast is inflexible or cannot
Unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules related to English spelling.
|hard of hearing||If someone is
hard of hearing, they can't hear very
You'll have to speak louder to Mr. Jones. He's a bit hard of hearing.
|hard as nails||A person who is
(as) hard as nails is unsentimental
and shows no sympathy.
Don't expect any sympathy from him. He's as hard as nails.
|(no) hard feelings||If you have no hard feelings,
you feel no resentment or bitterness about
When Alan was promoted instead of Steve, he said to Steve : 'No hard feelings I hope.'
|hard up||If you are hard
up, you have very little money.
We were so hard up that we had to sleep in the car.
|hard time||If you give someone
a hard time, you annoy them or make
things difficult for them.
Susan says the pupils in her new school are giving her a hard time.
|hard to come by||Something that is
hard to come by is rare or difficult to
Experienced carpenters are hard to come by these days.
|hard to swallow||When something is
difficult to accept or believe, it is
hard to swallow.
She invented an excuse that the teacher found hard to swallow.
|run with the hare||If you run with
the hare and hunt with the hounds, you
want to stay on friendly terms with both
sides in a quarrel.
Bob always wants to keep everyone happy, but he can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds this time - the issue is too important.
|harebrained idea||A harebrained
idea is an idea or suggestion that is
considered to be silly, foolish or totally
We'll never make any progress if you have nothing but harebrained ideas to offer!
|harp on||If you harp on
(about) something, you tire others by
talking continuously and tediously about it.
My parents are always harping on about my school results.
throw/toss one's hat
in the ring
|If you throw or
toss your hat in the ring, you announce
that you are going to enter a competition or
take up a challenge.
He finally threw his hat in the ring and announced that he was going to stand for election.
|bury the hatchet||When people who
have had a disagreement decide to forget
their quarrel and become friends again, they
bury the hatchet.
I don't get on well with my mother-in-law, but to keep my wife happy
I decided to bury the hatchet.
|haul over the coals||If you haul
someone over the coals, you reprimand
them harshly because they have done
something wrong or incorrectly.
He was hauled over the coals for the poor quality of his presentation.
|have down pat||If you memorize or
practise something until you know it
perfectly or have it exactly right, you
have it down pat.
I rehearsed my presentation until I had it down pat.
|have you gone out of your mind?||If you ask someone
if they have gone out of their mind,
you think they are crazy, foolish or insane.
You're going to ask for a 100% increase in salary? Have you gone out of your mind?
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