English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - S
|sticky fingers||Someone who has
sticky fingers has a tendency to
Items have been disappearing from the stock recently. Do any of the employees have sticky fingers?
|on a sticky wicket||If you find
yourself on a sticky wicket, you
are in a situation that is difficult to deal
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
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
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
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.
|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 mayor's resignation created quite a stitherum in the town.
|a stone's throw away||To say that
something is a stone's throw away
means that it is just a short distance away.
It's a residential area but the shops are just a stone's throw away.
|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
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
He's 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
As soon as we saw Pete's face, we knew there was a storm brewing.
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