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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - S

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stuck in a time warp Something that has not changed at all from some time in the past, when everything else has, is caught or stuck in a time warp.
This place seem to be stuck in a time warp.  It's exactly as it was in the 1950's.
stumbling block A problem or obstacle that prevents you from achieving something is a stumbling block.
My father adapted quite well but the language was always a stumbling block for my mother.
on the stump Before an election, when  politicians are campaigning for support and votes, they are on the stump.
On the stump for months, the candidates attended meeting after meeting.
sublime to ridiculous If something goes from the sublime to the ridiculous, it deteriorates in quality from serious or admirable to absurd or unimportant.
An opera followed by a Mr. Muscle contest is going from the sublime to the ridiculous!
sugar the pill If you sugar the pill, you try to make some unpleasant news more acceptable by saying something pleasant at the same time.
When Tim's parents announced that he was going to boarding school, they tried to sugar the pill by telling him he'd be home at the week-ends.
suit every pocket This term refers to the amount of money you are able to spend or the price you can afford.
The store offers a wide range of computers at prices to suit every pocket.
survival of the fittest This expression means that the most able, or those best capable of adapting to particular conditions, will survive.
I plant some flowers in the spring and hope for the best - it's the survival of the fittest!
suss out If you suss out something, such as a problem or a situation, you examine it and manage to understand it.
Ask Jack to explain - he's got it all sussed out!
swallow the bait If you swallow the bait, you accept an offer made specially to persuade you to do something.
When customers see a 'special offer' sign, they usually swallow the bait and purchase the product.
swallow one's pride If you swallow your pride, you accept something humiliating or embarrassing, for example having to admit that you are wrong, or that you have less knowledge that you thought.
When Jill failed the exam, she had to swallow her pride and repeat the course.
swallow your words If you swallow your words, you admit that you were wrong.
He said I'd never get the job, but he had to swallow his words when I was appointed.
sweat of your brow If you earn or achieve something by the sweat of your brow, you do it through hard work and no help.
I got a comfortable lifestyle by the sweat of my brow - I owe it to nobody but myself!
sweep under the rug If you sweep something under the rug (or carpet), you try to hide it because it is embarrassing.
They tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug.
sweet nothings Pleasant but unimportant words that lovers say to each other are called sweet nothings.
He whispered sweet nothings in her ear as they danced.
   
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