English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - L
|labour of love||A task that is done
for your own pleasure and satisfaction and
not for reward or profit is called a
labour of love.
Preparing Christmas dinner for the family is what my mother calls a labour of love.
A person or organisation in difficulty and
unable to manage without help is called
a lame duck.
Some banks have become lame ducks recently.
|lame excuse||A lame excuse is an explanation
which is weak and unconvincing.
If you're scared to do it, just say so. Don't just invent some lame excuse!
|land of the living||This is a humorous way of saying that
someone is still alive.
Hi there! Glad to see you're still in the land of the living!
|land on your feet||If you land on your feet, you
make a quick recovery after a difficulty
such as a business failure, an illness, a
Don't worry about Bob. He always lands on his feet.
|landslide victory||The victory of a candidate or a
political party by an overwhelming majority
is called a landslide victory.
Major newspapers predict a landslide victory for the Democratic Party.
|larger than life||A person who is larger than life
attracts special attention because they
are very impressive or unusually remarkable
in their appearance, behaviour or
He was a larger-then-life character, both onstage and behind the scene.
|lash out||If you lash out at somebody,
you attack them, usually verbally.
On the ninth hole, Pete suddenly lashed out at Scott and accused him of cheating.
|last but not least||When introducing a number of people,
this expression is used to assure the
audience that the last person mentioned is
no less important than those previously
And now, last but not least, here is the final candidate.
|last legs||If you are on your last legs,
you are in a very weak condition or about to
I was so sick that I felt as though I was on my last legs!
|last thing on one's mind||If you say that something is the
last thing on your mind, you mean that
it is not an important matter at all,
especially when you have more serious
problems to consider.
I'm so busy that food is the last thing on my mind.
|last resort||To say that you would so something as
a last resort means that it is the last
thing you would do if you were desperate and
all other courses of action had failed.
I still haven't found a hotel for the night; I can always sleep in the car as
a last resort!
|last straw||This expression means that this is the
latest unpleasant event and that you cannot
tolerate the situation any longer.
After a long day of negotiations with the protesters, the traffic jam was the last straw!
|last word||Something described as the last word
is the most recent or most fashionable in
Steve's new computer is the last word in technology.
|laugh all the way to the bank||A person who makes a lot of money
easily, especially through someone else's
stupidity, is said to laugh all the way
to the bank.
If we fail to renew the contract, our competitors will be laughing all the way to the bank.
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