English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - S
|by the same token||If you apply the same rule to different
situations, you judge them by the same
token, or in a similar way.
Teenagers should be less rebellious, but by the same token, parents should be more understanding.
|sauce for the goose||The saying 'what's sauce for the
goose is sauce for the gander' means
that what is appropriate for one person
should also be appropriate for the other
Women should earn the same salary as men for the same job. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
|save your bacon||If you save someone's bacon,
you rescue them from a dangerous or
When Paul was a student, finding a room in return for dog-sitting really saved his bacon!
|save your breath||If you tell someone to save their
breath, you are telling them not to
waste their time speaking because their
words will have no effect.
I've already given him the same advice and he won't listen, so you might as well save your breath.
|save the day||If you find a solution to a serious
problem, and ensure the success of something
that was expected to fail, you save the
The dog ate the apple pie I had made for my guests, but my sister saved the day by making one of her speedy desserts!
|save face||When someone
saves face, they manage to avoid
humiliation or embarrassment and preserve
their dignity and the respect of others.
They allowed him to save face by accepting his resignation.
|save one's skin/neck||If you manage to
escape from serious danger or trouble, you
save your skin (or neck).
He saved his skin by reversing off the bridge just before it collapsed.
|saved by the bell||If you are
saved by the bell, something happens at
the last minute to rescue you from a
Saved by the bell! A friend arrived just when I realized I had no money for the parking meter.
|saving grace||A person who has
a saving grace has a quality that
prevents them from being totally bad.
She's a horrible person but she has one saving grace, her kindness to animals.
|say a mouthful||If you make an
important or lengthy remark, you say a
The customer said a mouthful when he gave the reason for his dissatisfaction.
|scales fall from your eyes||When the scales
fall from your eyes, you finally
understand the truth about something.
It was only when he was arrested for theft that the scales fell from my eyes and I realized where his money came from.
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