English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - L
|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
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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