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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - L

(page 2 :  laugh off  →  leave high and dry)

laugh off When you laugh about something that has upset or hurt you, to make it seem less important or to try to show that you do not care, you laugh it off.
She overheard her colleague's critical remark, but she laughed it off.
laugh up one's sleeve If you laugh up your sleeve, you are secretly amused at another person's problems or difficulties.
Tom felt that his demonstration was confusing and that his colleague was laughing up his sleeve.
laughing stock A person who does something stupid or ridiculous which causes others to laugh becomes a laughing stock.
If you wear that to school you'll be the laughing stock of the class!
law of the jungle A situation in which people are prepared to use unscrupulous methods in order to succeed or survive is called the law of the jungle.
Some businesses today seem to be governed by the law of the jungle.
law unto themselves If someone is a law unto themselves, they do things their own way and ignore what is generally considered as acceptable.
They're against discipline and allow their children complete freedom - they're a law unto themselves.
lay it on the line If you speak frankly and make something very clear, you lay it on the line.
The boss laid it on the line and told Jimmy that if he arrived late for work again he would lose his job.
lay down the law Someone who lays down the law tells people very forcefully and firmly what to do.
The volunteers helped in a disorganised way.  They needed someone to lay down the law.
lead up garden path If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you by making you believe something which is not true.
I still haven't got the promotion I was promised.  I think my boss is leading me up the garden path!
lead to a dead end If a plan or project leads to a dead end, it develops no further because it has no future.
In spite of the scientists' efforts, the research lead to a dead end.
leaps and bounds If you do something in leaps and bounds, you make rapid or spectacular progress or growth.
The number of subscribers to the newsletter has grown in leaps and bounds.
learn the hard way If you learn the hard way, you learn through your own experience, good and bad, rather than from the advice or guidance of others.
His refusal to accept any help meant that he had to learn the hard way.
learn the ropes If you learn the ropes, you learn how to do a particular job correctly.
He's bright.  It won't take him long to learn the ropes.
learning curve The length of time needed to learn something new is called the learning curve.
The new system has a long learning curve so we'll have to give the staff time to get used to it.
leave the door open If you leave the door open, you behave in such a way as to allow the possibility of further action.
Both parties left the door open for further negotiations.
leave high and dry If you are left high and dry, you find yourself in a difficult situation without help or resources.
When her husband walked out on her, Amanda was left high and dry with two kids to raise.
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