English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - J
|jack of all trades||A jack of all
trades is a person who can do many
different things but is not very good at any
one of them..
I'm looking for a skilled worker, not a jack-of-all-trades.
If someone's jaw drops, they show
When the prize was announced, the winner's jaw dropped.
|jazz something up||If you jazz something up, you
add something to try to improve it or make
it more stylish.
The dress needs a scarf or a necklace to jazz it up.
|je ne sais quoi||This expression (in French: 'I don't
know what') is used to refer to a good
quality that is difficult to describe.
The place has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that really attracts me.
|get the jitters||If you get (or have) the
jitters, especially before an important
event, you become very nervous or anxious
and begin to shake.
Some people get the jitters when they have to make a speech.
|jog someone's memory||When you help someone to remember
something they have forgotten, you jog
You don't remember who was with us that day? Here's a photograph to jog your memory.
|join the club!||By saying to somebody 'join the
club!', you express sympathy for an
unpleasant experience that you have had too.
"Oh no! My wallet has been stolen." "Join the club!"
|(don't) judge by appearances||This expression means that you should
not form an opinion based on outward
She looks self-confident but don't judge by appearances.
|(don't) judge book by cover||'Don't judge a book by its cover' means
that you should not form an opinion based on
He leads a very simple life but in fact he's very wealthy. You can't judge a book by its cover.
|juggle frogs||A person who is juggling frogs
is trying to deal with many different tasks
at the tame time and finding the situation
I've got so many things to do at the moment, I feel like I'm juggling frogs!
|juggling act||If you do a juggling act, you
try to do different things in a way that is
satisfactory for all concerned.
For many women, managing a career and looking after a family can be quite a juggling act.
|jump on bandwagon||If a person or organisation jumps on
the bandwagon, they decide to do
something when it is already successful or
When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.
|jump to conclusions||A person who jumps to conclusions
reaches a decision or makes a judgement too
fast, before taking the time to check out
all the facts.
We haven't got the full story yet so let's not jump to conclusions.
|jump in the deep end||When you jump in (or are
thrown in) at the deep end, you do
something without any help or preparation,
in an area where you have little or no
He got a job as a salesman, for which he had no training, so he just had to jump in at the deep end.
|jump the gun||If you jump the gun, you do
something too soon or take premature action
based on incomplete information.
He ordered a new car before the job was confirmed - now that's jumping the gun!
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