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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - H

(Idioms H page 7 :   hell broke loose   →   hidden agenda)

(all) hell broke loose To say that (all) hell broke loose means that there was a sudden angry, noisy reaction to something.
All hell broke loose when it was announced that the plant was going to close down.
(come) hell or high water If you declare that you will do something come hell or high water, you mean that you will do it in spite of the difficulties involved.
Come hell or high water I've got to be on time for the interview.
(go to) hell in a handcart If someone or something is going to hell in a handcart, their condition is poor and continues to deteriorate.
This used to be a nice place to live, but now the area is going to hell in a handcart.
hell-bent on something If you are hell-bent on doing something, you are recklessly determined to do it, even if it is dangerous or stupid.
Although he is still weak, he's hell-bent on playing the match.
help a lame dog If you help a lame dog over a stile, you help someone who is in difficulty or trouble.
You can trust him - he's always ready to help a lame dog over a stile.
hem and haw When someone hems and haws, they are very evasive and avoid giving a clear answer.
Bobby hemmed and hawed when his parents asked him where had spent the night.
herd mentality People with the herd mentality tend to do what everyone else does, no matter how ridiculous or stupid.
One example of herd mentality is when people rush to get on the first bus when there are several empty ones waiting.
herding cats This expression refers to the difficulty of coordinating a situation which involves people who all want to act independently.
Organizing an outing for a group of people from different countries is like herding cats!
here today, gone tomorrow This is said of something which appears and disappears very quickly, or does not last long,
The shops in this area change very often - here today, gone tomorrow.
neither here nor there Something which is neither here nor there is considered to have no effect on the situation.
OK, he lives close to you, but that's neither here nor there. We're talking about his results!
hide one's light If you hide your light under a bushel, you are modest or do not reveal a talent, quality or skill you possess.
So you play the saxophone in a club on Saturday nights - you really hide your light under a bushel, don't you!
hide multitude of sins If something hides (or covers) a multitude of sins, it prevents people from seeing the less pleasant reality.
Loose-fitting clothes can cover a multitude of sins!
hidden agenda If a person or organisation has a hidden agenda, they have hidden interests or ulterior motives.
I can guarantee that we have no hidden agenda. Our intentions have always been clear.
 
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