English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - O
|over the hill||If a person is
over the hill, they have reached an age
when they can no longer perform as well as
Gran! You say you're over the hill, but you're a super cook!
|over the moon||If you are over
the moon, you are absolutely delighted.
We were all over the moon when we heard the good news.
|over the top (OTT)||Something which is
over the top is totally excessive or
not suitable for the occasion.
Her dramatic speech was way over the top.
|overplay your hand||If you overplay
your hand, you are overconfident and
spoil your chances of success by trying to
obtain too much.
Sam is hoping for a bonus for his good results, but he may be overplaying his hand if he asks for a promotion.
|overshoot the mark||If you make a
mistake as a result of misjudging something
(situation, distance, amount, etc.), you
overshoot the mark.
He overshot the mark by about 20%.
|overstep the mark||If you overstep
the mark, you go too far and upset
someone by saying something or behaving in a
way that is unacceptable.
Jenny is angry with her son. He overstepped the mark when he called his grandfather an 'old fool'.
|close as an oyster||Someone who is
as close as an oyster will never reveal
something told in confidence or betray a
Sophie will never repeat what you tell her. She's as close as an oyster.
|the world is your oyster||This expression
means that you are free and able to enjoy
the pleasures and opportunities that life
has to offer.
She left college feeling that the world was her oyster.
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