English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - J
|jump for joy||When people jump for joy, they
express their happiness through excited
movements and gestures.
The player jumped for joy when he scored the winning goal.
|jump the lights||If you continue driving when the traffic
lights turn red, you jump the lights.
It's very dangerous to jump the lights. No wonder he was stopped by the police.
|jump out of skin||If you jump out of your skin,
you are extremely surprised or shocked.
Jane nearly jumped out of her skin when the horse put its head through the kitchen window!
|jump down throat||If someone jumps down another
person's throat, they suddenly start
shouting at them in a very angry manner.
When I said the instructions were not very clear, she jumped down my throat!
|stay one jump ahead||If you stay one jump ahead, you
keep an advantage over others by making sure
you are better informed, or taking action
before they do.
He is a successful journalist because he always stays one jump ahead of the others.
|jury is still out||To say that the
jury is still out means that something
is under consideration but no decision has
been reached yet.
The jury is still out as concerns the location of the new station.
|just around the corner||If
something is just around the corner,
it will happen very soon.
With spring just around the corner, the new collection should begin to sell.
|just desserts||When someone
gets their just desserts, they are
rewarded or punished according to what they
Liz got her just desserts when she was excluded from the committee. She is totally unreliable.
|just off the boat||A person who is
just off the boat is naive and lacks
How do you expect me to work with a trainee who's just off the boat!
|just what the doctor ordered||If something is
just what the doctor ordered, it is
exactly what is needed and will make you
A week-end in the sun - just what the doctor ordered!
|just the ticket||If something is
just the ticket, it is exactly right,
or just what you need.
I'm not hungry enough for a meal. A bowl of soup would be just the ticket.
Poetic justice is an ideal form of justice
in which virtue is rewarded and evil
punished, often in a particularly
appropriate manner, by an ironic twist of fate.
It is poetic justice that the country responsible for the ecological disaster
should suffer most from its effects.
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