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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - O
from:  'odds and ends'   to:  'oldest trick in the book'

  • odds and ends
    • Odds and ends are small articles, or bits and pieces of all sorts, usually of little value.
      "You'll probably find it in the top drawer. That's where I keep my odds and ends".

  • at odds
    • If one person is at odds with another, they disagree with each other.
      "Sam is at odds with his father over the purchase of a new tractor."

  • off colour
    • If you are off colour, you look or feel ill.
      "What's the matter with you Tom? You look a bit off colour today."

  • off the cuff
    • If you speak off the cuff, you say something without any previous thought or preparation.
      "Our new mayor handles off-the-cuff interviews very well."

  • on the off-chance
    • If you do something on the off chance, you think there might be a slight possibility of success.
      "I went into the supermarket on the off chance that I would find a map."

  • off the peg
    • Clothes that are bought off the peg are purchased in a standard size in a shop and are not made specially for you.
      "He can't afford to have his suits made to measure so he buys them off the peg."

  • off the record
    • If you say something off the record, you do not want anyone to repeat it publicly.
      "His comment was made off the record, and shouldn't have been published."

  • off your rocker
    • If you tell someone that they are off their rocker, you think they are completely crazy.
      "You're going to give all your money away? You're off your rocker!"

  • off the top of your head
    • To say something off the top of your head means that you are giving an immediate reaction, and not a carefully considered opinion, so it might not be correct.
      "How much do you think it will cost?" "Off the top of my head I'd say around $1000."

  • in the offing
    • Something that is in the offing is likely to appear or happen soon.
      "Apparently a new law on minimum wages is in the offing."

  • pour oil on troubled waters
    • If a person pours oil on troubled waters, they do or say something to calm a tense situation or make people stop arguing.
      "James is a good negotiator, and is always able to pour oil on troubled waters."

  • old dog for hard road
    • This expression means that experience is invaluable when one is faced with a difficult task.
      "The case calls for an experienced lawyer, an old dog for a hard road."

  • old wives' tale
    • A traditional belief or idea which has been proved wrong by science is called an old wives' tale.
      "The belief that chocolate causes acne is an old wives' tale."

  • oldest trick in the book
    • A well-known and much-used trick, which is still effective today, is called the oldest trick in the book.
      "He made a noise to attract my attention while his accomplice stole my wallet - the oldest trick in the book!"

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