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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - L

(page 3 :  leave no stone unturned  →  let bygones be bygones)

leave no stone unturned If you try everything possible in order to achieve or to find something, you leave no stone unturned.
The management left no stone unturned in their efforts to find a solution to the crisis.
leave well alone If you leave well alone, you decide not to interfere with or change something that is acceptable or adequate.
It would be hard to get a better deal.  Let's just leave well alone.
led by the nose Someone who is led by the nose is dominated or controlled by a person or group who makes them do exactly what they want.
Jack has always been led by the nose by his mother.
left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
To say that 'the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing' means that within a group or organisation, communication is so bad that one person doesn't know what another person is doing.
left hanging in the air If a problem or issue is left hanging in the air (or in mid-air), no decision has been taken so it remains without a solution.
No solution was proposed during the meeting so the question was left hanging in the air.
left to own devises If you leave someone to their own devices, you leave them to look after themselves, with any help or supervision.
When left to their own devices, many children watch TV and eat junk food.
pull someone's leg If you pull someone's leg, you tease them by telling them something that is not true.
Of course I'm not going to buy a sports car.  I was just pulling your leg!
(not) have leg to stand on To say that someone doesn't have a leg to stand on means that they can't prove what they say.
Three people testified against him.  He didn't have a leg to stand on.
last legs If someone or something is on its last legs, they are in a very weak condition or about to stop working or die.
Our old car is on its last legs.  We're going to have to invest!
(buy) a lemon If you buy something, especially a car, that is defective, unsatisfactory, constantly gives problems or stops running after a short time, you buy a lemon.
The car I bought was a real lemon. It broke down two weeks later.
lend an ear If you lend an ear to someone, you listen carefully and sympathetically.
The best person to talk to is Jenny.  She's always ready to lend an ear.
lend oneself to If you lend yourself to something, you approve of it or become associated with it.
No decent father would lend himself to violent behaviour.
less is more This expression, used particularly in architecture and design, conveys the idea that things that are simple in style and smaller in size are better.
Simplicity is fashionable today.  Less is more.
lesser of two evils If you choose the lesser of two evils, you opt for the less unpleasant of two poor options.
I didn't want to go. Choosing the train instead of driving was the lesser of two evils; at least I could relax on the way.
let bygones be bygones If you let bygones be bygones, you decide to forget about past disagreements.
When Charlie's son was born, he decided to let bygones be bygones and contacted his parents.
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