English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - Q
|quaking in one's boots||When someone is
extremely scared, it is said that they are
quaking in their boots.
When he saw the crocodiles in the water, he started quaking in his boots.
|in a quandary||
If you are in a quandary, you find
it difficult to decide what to do.
The job offered is less interesting but better paid. I'm in a quandary about what to do.
|quart into a pint pot||
To say that you can't put a quart into a
pint pot means that you cannot fit
something too big into a small space, or
that you are trying to do something
You'll never get that into the suitcase. You can't put a quart into
a pint pot!
|quick temper||Someone who has a quick temper
gets angry very easily.
He makes me nervous - he's got such a quick temper.
|quick as a dog can lick a dish||If you do something surprisingly fast,
you do it as quick as a dog can lick a
He packed his bag as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
|on the QT||If something is done on the QT,
it is done quietly or discreetly.
They got married on the QT last summer and told nobody.
|(no) quick fix||To say that there is no quick fix
to a problem means that there is no simple
There is no quick fix for unemployment; major reforms are necessary.
|quick off the mark||If someone is quick off the mark,
they are quick to react to an event or take
advantage of an opportunity.
You've got to be quick off the mark when stores announce special offers.
|quick/slow on the uptake||Someone who is quick or slow on the
uptake is quick or slow to understand
what is meant.
Please explain the problem in simple words - I'm a bit slow on the uptake!
|quiet as a mouse||When someone is as quiet as a mouse,
they make no noise at all.
The burglar was a quiet as a mouse as he moved around the house.
|call it quits||When people temporarily stop doing
something or put an end to an activity, they
call it quits.
OK, we're all exhausted, so let's call it quits for today.
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