English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - H
|high and dry||If you are left
high and dry, you find yourself in a
difficult situation without help or
When her husband walked out on her, Amanda was left high and dry with two kids to raise.
|high horse||If you get on
your high horse, you start behaving in
a haughty manner, as though you should be
treated with more respect.
He got on his high horse when he was asked to show his membership card.
|high and mighty||Someone who is
high and mighty behaves in a haughty
manner as though they were superior to
"Don't get all high and mighty!" said my grandmother to my cousin. "Everyone helps with the housework in this house."
|highways and byways||If you travel
the highways and byways, you take large
and small roads to visit every part of the
He travelled the highways and byways looking for traces of his ancestors.
|my way or the highway||It you say to
someone 'it's my way or the highway',
you are telling that person that either they
accept what you propose or they leave the
You don't have much choice when someone says 'it's my way or the highway'.
|up to the hilt||When someone does
something (up) to the hilt, they do
it completely, fully or to the maximum
He was involved in the conspiracy to the hilt.
|himalayan blunder||If you stupidly
make a serious mistake or error, you commit
a Himalayan blunder.
Apparently he lost his job because of a Himalayan blunder.
|hit and run accident||When the driver of
a vehicle hits another vehicle without
stopping to provide help, identification or
insurance, and fails to report the accident
to the police, the collision is called a
A hit-and-run accident deserves serious punishment.
|hit the airwaves||When someone
hits the airwaves, they go on radio
and/or TV to be interviewed or to promote
The hospital was embarrassed when the patient hit the airways with his side of the story.
|hit the dust||The expression
hit the dust is a humorous way of
referring to death.
You can have my computer when I hit the dust!
|hit the ground running||If someone hits
the ground running, they are ready and
eager to start immediately on a new
He intends to hit the ground running when he starts his new job.
|hit the hay (or sack)||When you hit
the hay (or hit the sack), you
go to bed.
The boys were so exhausted that they hit the hay as soon as they reached the campsite.
|hit the nail on the head||When you hit
the nail on the head, you are
absolutely right about something or have
guessed the exact nature of a problem or
You hit the nail on the head when you said Mark had money problems. He's lost his job.
|hit/strike pay dirt||If you hit pay
dirt, you are lucky and suddenly find
yourself in a successful money-making
Charlie finally hit pay dirt with his latent invention.
|hit the panic button||When you hit or
press the panic button, you raise the
alarm too quickly or react too hastily in a
difficult or stressful situation.
Calm down! There's no need to hit the panic button yet!
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