English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - T
|token gesture||To make a token
gesture means to show a small sign of
As a token gesture of gratitude for her neighbourly advice, he gave
Mrs.Smith a plant for her garden.
|by the same token||If you apply the
same rule to different situations, you judge
them by the same token, or in a
Teenagers should be less rebellious, but by the same token, parents should be more understanding.
|tomorrow's another day||This expression
means that even if everything is not
satisfactory at present, there will be
opportunity for things to improve.
For the moment you need some rest; tomorrow's another day.
|bite your tongue||If you bite
your tongue, you stop yourself from
saying what you really think.
Sam decided to bite his tongue rather than get into an argument.
|get your tongue round||If you are able to
pronounce a difficult word or phrase, you
can get your tongue round it.
She's from the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Try getting your tongue round that!
|give rough edge of tongue||If you give the
(rough) edge of your tongue, you scold
someone severely or speak to them very
aggressively or rudely.
My boss was so angry that I really got the rough edge of his tongue.
|slip of the tongue||A slip of the
tongue is a small spoken error or
Did I say 'blow down'? - Sorry, I meant 'slow down'. that was a slip of the tongue!
|on the tip of tongue||To say that a word
or answer is on the tip of your tongue,
means that you're sure you know it but have
difficulty finding it.
What's that actor's name? I know it ... it's on the tip of my tongue!
|tongue in cheek||If you describe a
remark as 'tongue in cheek' you
mean that it is not meant to be taken
seriously; it is meant to be funny or
Peter's remark was taken more seriously than intended. It was supposed to be tongue in cheek.
|tongue-lashing||When you scold
someone severely, you give them a
The teacher gave Jeremy a tongue-lashing when arrived late for school.
|tongue-tied||If you are
tongue-tied, you have difficulty in
expressing yourself because you are nervous
At the start of the interview I was completely tongue-tied!
|tongues are wagging||When tongues
are wagging, people are beginning to
spread gossip or rumours, often about
someone's private life.
The photograph of the couple that appeared in a magazine really set tongues wagging.
|too many chiefs, not enough Indians||This expression refers to a situation
where there are too many people giving
instructions and not enough people doing the
The business wasn't successful. There were too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
|too much like hard work||An activity or task
that requires too much effort is too
much like hard work.
It's so hot today, there's no way I'm going to do any cooking. That's too much like hard work!
|toot your own horn||If you toot
your own horn, you like to boast about
your abilities and achievements.
Ben is very discreet about his success. He doesn't go round tooting his own horn.
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