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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms S, page 20

Idioms S, page 20:  from:   'sticky wicket'   to:   'storm is brewing'


  • on a sticky wicket
    • If you find yourself on a sticky wicket, you are in a situation that is difficult to deal with.
      "They've refused to sign the contract so we're on a sticky wicket now!"

  • stiff upper lip
    • If someone keeps a stiff upper lip, they contain their emotion and do not let others see their feelings.
      "When she heard the bad news, she kept a stiff upper lip."

  • sting someone for
    • If you sting someone for an amount of money, you make them pay for something, usually in a deceitful manner.
      "Not only was the lunch boring but I was stung for $25!"

  • stink to high heaven
    • If something has a very strong unpleasant smell, it stinks to high heaven.
      "Take off those socks - they stink to high heaven! "

  • stir up a hornet's nest
    • If you stir up a hornet's nest, you do something which causes a commotion and provokes criticism and anger.
      "His letter to the Board stirred up a real hornet's nest."

  • stir-crazy
    • If a person goes stir-crazy, they become very agitated or nervous because they have been confined to a place for too long.
      "After several days in quarantine, people were going stir-crazy."

  • (be) in stitches
    • When people are in stitches, they are laughing a lot.
      "The story was so funny, everyone was in stitches."

  • take stock of a situation
    • If you take stock of a situation you assess all the aspects in order to form an opinion.
      "He took time to take stock of the situation before making a suggestion."

  • a stitherum
    • Someone who is (all) in a stitherum is excited, agitated or confused about something.
      "The whole population was in a stitherum after the mayor's resignation."

  • a stone's throw away
    • Something that is a stone's throw away is just a short distance away.
      "It's a residential area but the shops are just a stone's throw away."

  • a stool pigeon
    • A person who acts as an informer, especially one who gives information to the police or the authorities, is called a stool pigeon.
      "I don't trust Jack. I think he's a stool pigeon for the management."

  • stop dead in one's tracks
    • If you stop dead in your tracks, you stop suddenly because you are frightened or totally surprised.
      "When Steve saw the snake, he stopped dead in his tracks."

  • stop at nothing
    • Someone who would stop at nothing would do anything, even something illegal or immoral, to obtain what they want.
      "He'd stop at nothing if there was a possibility of making money."

  • stop the rot
    • When you prevent a situation from deteriorating, especially in business or politics, you stop the rot.
      "There was so much conflict in the office that a new manager was appointed to stop the rot."

  • a storm (is) brewing
    • If you say that a storm is brewing, you mean that the atmosphere indicates that there is going to be trouble, probably with outbursts of anger or emotion.
      "As soon as we saw Pete's face, we knew there was a storm brewing."

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