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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - O

(page 5 : out to lunch → over and done with)

out to lunch To say that someone is out to lunch means that they seem to be either unaware of what's going on around them, or unable to understand what is happening.
He's hopeless as a leader - considered as 'out to lunch' by the group.
out of the picture To say that a person or group is out of the picture means that they have been eliminated in a contest or tournament.
We were beaten  in the semi-finals, so that's us out of the picture!
out of your pocket If you pay for something out of your own pocket, you cover the cost with your own money.
Breakfast is included but you must pay for lunch out of your own pocket.
out of the question Something which is out of the question is impossible and is therefore not worth discussing.
Buying a new car is out of the question - we simply can't afford it.
out of sorts If someone is out of sorts, they are upset and irritable or not feeling well.
The baby is out of sorts today.  Perhaps he's cutting a tooth.
out of sync If two movements or actions are out of sync, they are not coordinated and are not taking place at the same time or at the same speed.
The traffic lights are out of sync and causing a lot of confusion.
out of touch If you are out of touch, you no longer communicate with someone, or you are unaware of recent developments.
I've been out of touch with Jenny since we left college.
out of whack If something is out of whack, it is not working properly or is not in good order.
The dishwasher is making a funny noise. Something must be out of whack.
out of this world To refer to something as out of this world means that you think it is extremely good or impressive.
The hotel was very comfortable and the food was out of this world.
at the outside When talking about the length of time or the amount of money necessary to do something, at the outside indicates the highest estimate or the largest amount.
"How long will it take to get there?" "I'd say two hours at the outside."
go overboard If you go overboard, you are over-enthusiastic about something and do too much or behave in an excessive way.
We need to prepare the dining room for Christmas, but don't go overboard with the decorations!
over-egg the pudding If you try to improve something excessively by adding unnecessary details, you over-egg the pudding.
Keep your report simple.  Don't over-egg the pudding.
over dead body This expression is used by someone who absolutely refuses to allow someone to do something.
"Mum, can I get by nose pierced?"  "Over my dead body!"
over and done with If something difficult or unpleasant is over and done with, it has now been successfully accomplished, so you don't have to worry about it any longer.
I wasn't easy, but I had to announce the bad news, so now that's over and done with.
   
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