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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - S

(page 17 : spur of the moment  →  starter marriage)

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 will 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 many years.
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 extremely happy.
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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