English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - L
|loan shark||A loan shark
is a person who lends money at
extremely high interest rates to people who
are unable to obtain a loan from the bank.
The young immigrant was beaten because he was late paying back money to a loan shark.
|lock horns||If you lock
horns with somebody, you argue or fight
with them about something.
If there is another incident like that in the building, the occupants will be locking horns!
|lock, stock and barrel||
Lock, stock and barrel means
Maggie found the apartment empty. Dave had taken everything - lock, stock and barrel!
|at loggerheads||If you are at
loggerheads with a person or
organisation, you disagree very strongly
The management and the trade unions are at loggerheads over the decision to close down the plant.
|by a long chalk/shot||This expression
means 'not at all' and is used to emphasize
a statement, especially a negative one.
The matter hasn't been settled yet, not by a long chalk!
|long in the tooth||A person who is
long in the tooth is a bit too old to
She's a bit long in the tooth for a cabaret dancer, isn't she?
|long row to hoe||A
difficult task, assignment or undertaking
that will take a long time is a long row
Getting through medical school is going to be a long row to hoe.
|come a long way||When someone has
come a long way, they have made a
lot of progress or have become successful.
Tony has come a long way since he opened his first little restaurant.
|look before you leap||This is something
you say when advising someone to think
carefully about the possible problems before
Don't decide too quickly. Look before you leap!
|look on bright side||If you look on
the bright side, you view a mostly
unpleasant situation in a positive and
optimistic way and the see the favourable
OK. You know nobody. But look on the bright side - you'll make lots of new friends!
|look daggers||Someone who
looks daggers at another looks at them
David looked daggers at Paul when he invited his new girlfriend to dance.
|look down one's nose||If someone
looks down their nose at a person or
thing, they consider that person or thing as
Intellectuals often look down their noses at amusement parks and such.
|look the part||If you look the
part, your appearance makes you ideally
suited for a particular job or role.
It was a mistake to choose a pretty young girl to play the witch. She didn't look the part at all.
|look the picture||If someone
looks the picture, they look very
The little girl looked the picture in her new dress.
|look the picture of health||To look the
picture of health means to look
Nice to see you again Mr. Brown. I must say you look the picture of health.
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