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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - L

(page 6 :  (shed) light  →  lipstick on a pig)

shed light If you shed light on something, you help to explain it or make it easier to understand;
It was hoped that the testimony of the witnesses would shed light on the circumstances of the accident.
out like a light If a person is out like a light, they are so tired that they fall asleep very quickly.
As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light.
like it or lump it! If you tell someone to like it or lump it,  you mean that they will have to accept something even if they don't like it, because the situation is not going to change.
We're spending a week this summer with your grandparents - like it or lump it!
likely story This expression is used to say that you do not believe what has just been said.
He said he'd found the money on the street - that's a likely story!
bottom line If you use the term bottom line in an explanation or discussion , you refer to the most essential point or the conclusion reached.
The bottom line is that part of the manufacturing will be outsourced.
cross the line If you cross the line you go beyond the authorized limits by doing something unacceptable.
He has an unpleasant habit of telling jokes that really cross the line.
line of least resistance If you opt for the line of least resistance, you choose the easiest way of doing something.
To make sure the children would stay inside, he chose the line of least resistance and rented a film.
read between lines To read between the lines means to understand the real meaning of what is written or said, without need for any further detail.
Reading between the lines, I'd say that the situation is worse than expected.
lion's share The lion's share of something is the largest portion, or the best part.
He left very little money to his children; the lion's share was donated to charity.
lip service If you pay lip service to an idea or cause, you give verbal support or approval, but fail to actually do anything.
In spite of promising equal pay for women, the management is suspected of paying lip service to the promotion of women's rights.
stiff upper lip If a person keeps a stiff upper lip, they contain their emotion and do not let other people see their feelings.
When she heard the bad news, she kept a stiff upper lip.
lips are sealed If you say that your lips are sealed, you  promise not to reveal a secret.
I promise I won't tell anyone. My lips are sealed.
smack/lick one's lips To say that a person is smacking or licking their lips means that they are showing that they are excited about something and are eager for it to happen.
They were smacking their lips at the idea of the money they were going to make.
lipstick on a pig This expression means that trying to 'dress up' something unappealing or ugly, in a vain attempt to make it look better, is like putting lipstick on a pig.
Flowers will not improve that ugly bridge; every one agrees that it's lipstick on a pig.
   
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