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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms L, page 5

Idioms L, page 5:  from:   'barefaced liar'   to:   'life of riley'


  • barefaced liar
    • Someone who lies easily, with a total lack of shame, is called a barefaced liar.
      "That barefaced liar stole my watch and then said that he'd found it!"

  • licence to print money
    • An officially authorized activity which enables people to make a lot of money without much effort is called a licence to print money.
      "The contract to supply computers to schools was a licence to print money."

  • lick/smack your lips
    • A person who is licking (or smacking) their lips is showing that they are excited about something and are eager for it to happen.
      "He was licking his lips at the idea of the money he was going to make."

  • a lick and a promise
    • If you give something a lick and a promise, you make a quick attempt to clean it, with the intention of doing it more thoroughly later.
      "She gave the kitchen a lick and a promise before she ran to catch the bus."

  • lick into shape
    • If you make an effort to put someone or something into satisfactory condition or appearance, you lick them into shape.
      "I've got to lick this place into shape before my in-laws arrive."

  • lick someone's boots
    • To say that one person is licking another's boots means that they are trying to please that person, often in order to obtain something.
      "Sam is licking the manager's boots in the hope of obtaining a pay rise."

  • lick one's wounds
    • When a person licks their wounds, they try to recover their confidence or spirits after a defeat, failure or disappointment.
      "Poor Harry is licking his wounds after being dropped from the team."

  • keep a lid on
    • If you keep the lid on something, you hide it or control it to prevent people from finding out about it.
      "The company tried to keep a lid on the negotiations but word got out to the press."

  • lie in
    • If you lie in, you stay in bed after the normal time for getting up.
      "Great! Tomorrow I'm not on duty so I can lie in!"

  • lie your way in/out (of something)
    • If you obtain something or get out of a situation by telling lies,
      you lie your way in or out of it.
      "He lied his way into a well-paid position."

  • lie through your teeth
    • If you lie through your teeth, you lie openly and brazenly, knowing that what you are saying is completely false.
      "I saw him breaking the window. If he denies it, he'll be lying through his teeth."

  • white lie
    • If you tell a white lie, you say something which is not true in order to protect someone or to avoid hurting their feelings.
      "Some parents prefer to tell their children a white lie rather than announce bad news."

  • risk life and limb
    • If you risk life and limb, you are in danger of death or serious injury.
      "The roads are icy today; you'll risk life and limb if you go by car."

  • life of Riley
    • A person who lives the life of Riley has a comfortable and enjoyable life, without having to make much effort.
      "He married a millionaire, and since then he's been living the life of Riley!"

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