English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - O
|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
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
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
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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