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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - H

(Idioms H page 6 :   heart's content  →  heebie jeebies)

heart's content If you do something to your heart's content, you do it as much and for as long as you want.
When my parents are away, I can watch television to my heart's content!
heart in one's mouth A person who has their heart in their mouth feels extremely anxious or nervous faced with a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
Emma had her heart in her mouth when she saw her two-year-old son standing in front of the open window.
heart in right place A person who has their heart in the right place has kind feelings and good intentions, even if the results are not too good.
The old lady's cake wasn't wonderful but she's got her heart in the right place!
heart of the matter The most important part or aspect of a situation is called the heart of the matter.
We need to get to the heart of the matter - what caused the accident?
heart on sleeve If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you allow others to see your emotions or feelings.
You could see she was hurt - she wears her heart on her sleeve.
heart of stone Someone who has a heart of stone is a cold person who shows others no understanding, sympathy or pity.
She's not the person to go to if you've got problems - she's got a heart of stone!
heart misses a beat If your heart misses (or skips) a beat, you have sudden feeling of fear or excitement.
When the lights suddenly went out, my heart missed a beat.
heart set on something Someone who has their heart set on something wants it very much.
From an early age Tiger has his heart set on becoming a professional golfer.
heart sinks If your heart sinks, you feel very unhappy and despondent.
My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me.
heat is on To say that the heat is on means that you are under a lot of pressure to get something done, usually within a time limit.
The project must be ready for next Friday, so the heat is on.
turn on/up heat If you turn on/up the heat on a person or organisation, you put pressure on them in order to obtain what you want.
If the goods are not delivered this week, we'll have to turn on the heat.
heavens open When the heavens open, it suddenly starts to rain heavily.
As soon as the race started, the heavens opened and the runners were soaked.
heavy hand Dealing with or treating people with a heavy hand means acting with discipline and severity, with little or no sensitivity.
He ran the juvenile delinquent centre with a heavy hand.
hedge your bets If you hedge your bets, you choose two or more courses of action  in order to reduce the risk of loss or error.
The company hedged its bets by developing a second line of products.
heebie-jeebies A state of apprehension, nervousness or anxiety is called the heebie-jeebies.
Having to go down to the car park at night gives me the heebie-jeebies.
 
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