English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - H
|hit the road||When you hit
the road, you begin a journey.
It's getting late and we've got a long way to go. Let's hit the road.
|hit the spot||If something
hits the spot, it is exactly what is
needed or wanted.
On such a hot day, a cool drink would really hit the spot!
|hitch one's wagon to a star||Someone who
hitches their wagon to a star has great
ambitions and is very determined to reach
At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become famous.
|hive of activity||A place where there
are lots of things happening, and everyone
is very busy, is called a hive of
When I went to offer help, the kitchen was already a hive of activity.
|go the whole hog||When you go the
whole hog, you do something thoroughly
They put up a few decorations for Christmas, then they decided to go the whole hog and buy a tree and all the trimmings.
|hold all the aces||A person who
holds all the aces is in a very strong
position because they have more advantages
than anyone else.
Given the high unemployment rates today, employers hold all the aces.
|hold your breath||If someone is
holding their breath, they are waiting
anxiously or excitedly for something to
happen or be announced.
I went for a second interview today - now I'm holding my breath!
|hold on for dear life||If you hold (or
hang) on for dear life, you grip
something firmly so as not to fall.
Andy took his mother on the back of his motorbike where she held on for dear life!
|hold the field||If something
holds the field, it has not been
replaced and remains valid or is still in
The founder's management principles still hold the field today.
|hold the fort||When you hold
the fort, you look after a place or a
business in the absence of the person who is
normally in charge.
Rosie, could you hold the fort please while I go to the post office?
|hold good||If something such
as a statement, saying or theory holds
good, it continues to be true, valid or
The author's version of the event still holds good.
|hold your horses||If you tell someone
to hold their horses, you think
they are doing something too fast and should
slow down and not rush into further action.
Hold your horses! We need to get the customer's approval first!.
|hold one's own||If you can hold
your own, you are well able to defend
yourself when under attack.
We should ask Jane to represent us; she can hold her own in any argument.
|hold the reins||The person who
holds the reins is someone who is in
complete control of a company, firm or
He's been holding the reins for over 20 years and intends to continue for as long as possible.
|hold your tongue||If you hold
your tongue, you stay silent and say
Harry was of a different opinion but he decided to hold his tongue.
|(not) hold water||If an explanation
or argument does not hold water, it
does not stand up to critical examination
and can be shown to be unfounded.
The reasons given for the government's new measures just do not hold water.
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