English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - S
|on the spur of the moment||If you do something
on the spur of the moment, you do
it as soon as you think of it,
spontaneously, without any planning.
He decided on the spur of the moment to buy flowers for his wife.
|square deal||A transaction that
is fair and honest, or an equitable
arrangement, is called a square deal.
We've used the same supplier for years and we always get a square deal.
|square meal||When people talk
about a square meal, they mean a
substantial and satisfying meal.
I don't need a fancy restaurant, just a place where I can get a square meal.
|square peg in a round hole||To say that a
person is a square peg in a round hole
means that they are not suitable for the job
they are doing or the situation they are in.
He was a bad choice for the job - a square peg in a round hole.
|stab in the back||If someone
stabs you in the back, they betray you
by doing something harmful to you when you
thought you could trust them.
His best friend stabbed him in the back by voting against him.
|at stake||Someone who has a
lot at stake is in a risky
situation, with a lot to be won or lost.
He was nervous about signing the agreement because there was a lot at stake.
|stand on ceremony||When people
stand on ceremony, they behave in a
very formal way.
We'd be delighted to come and see you but please don't stand on ceremony.
|stand on own two feet||If you stand on
your own two feet, you are independent
and need no help from anyone.
When young people leave home, they learn to stand on their own two feet.
|stand one's ground||If you stand
your ground you maintain your position
and refuse to yield or give way.
He claimed innocence and stood his ground in spite of the repeated accusations.
|stand in good stead||To say that a
skill, an ability or previous experience
stand you in good stead means that it
will be beneficial to you in the future.
Being able to speak another language will stand you in good stead when looking for a job.
|stand the test of time||If something
stands the test of time, people
continue to find it valuable or useful after
The teaching method has stood the test of time. It is still used in schools today.
|stand up for||When you defend or
support a person, a belief or an idea, you
stand up for them.
A growing number of citizens are standing up for the victims of discrimination.
|stark raving mad||To say that someone
is stark raving mad means that they
are completely crazy.
You're stark raving mad to go sailing in this weather.
|stars in one's eyes||If someone has
stars in their eyes, they are looking
She had stars in her eyes when she saw the car she had won.
|starter marriage||A starter marriage is a short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.|
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