English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - S
|skin a cat||The expression
'there's more than one way to skin a cat'
means that there are many different ways of
How about trying a different method? There's more than one way to skin a cat you know!
|skin someone alive||If you are angry
and threaten to skin someone alive,
you mean that you are going to punish them
If that kid damages my again, I'll skin him alive!
|(no) skin off one's nose||To use this
expression means that you don't care if
It's no skin off my nose if he doesn't accept the invitation - I don't care one way or another.
|by the skin of your teeth||To do something
by the skin of our teeth means that you
just manage to do it, but that you almost
He passed the driving test by the skin of his teeth!
|jump out of one's skin||If you jump out
of your skin, you are extremely
surprised or shocked.
Jane nearly jumped out of her skin when the horse put its head through the kitchen window!
|all skin and bone||If someone is
all skin and bone, they are very thin
or too thin.
After trekking in the Himalayas, he was all skin and bone.
|(put) skin in the game||If you put skin
in the game, you show your confidence
in a company by making a considerable
investment or a financial commitment.
I got good news today. Apparently a serious investor is willing to put skin in the game.
|the sky's the limit||To say the
sky's the limit means that there is no
limit to the possibility of success or
progress for someone or something.
"How successful do you think the project will be?"
"Who knows ... the sky's the limit!"
|slam dunk||A basketball term
which means that success or victory will be
"Our lawyer will win the case easily. It's a slam dunk."
|slap on the wrist||If
you get a slap on the wrist, you
receive mild punishment, or you are
reprimanded for something you have done.
I got a slap on the wrist from my wife for leaving the kitchen in a mess.
|sledgehammer to crack a nut||
Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut
means using disproportionate force to solve
He called the police because his neighbour was rude? - now that's using a sledgehammer to crack a nut!
|sleep like a log||If
you sleep like a log, you sleep
deeply or soundly.
After a day at the beach, I usually sleep like a log.
|sleep on it||
If you take time (until the next day) to
think something over before making a
decision, you sleep on it.
I suggest you sleep on it. You can give me your decision tomorrow.
not sleep a wink
not get a wink of sleep
doesn't get a wink of sleep, they don't
sleep a all.
It was so noisy in the hotel, I didn't get a wink of sleep.
term refers to a person who invests in a
business without taking an active part in
its management, and whose association with
the enterprise is not public knowledge.
He works alone but his business is partly financed by a sleeping partner.
|slice of the cake||When
people feel entitled to a share of the
profits or benefits, they want a (larger)
slice of the cake.
Since profits are higher this year, the workers feel they deserve a bigger slice of the cake.
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