English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - T
|through thick and thin||If someone does
something through thick and thin,
they do it in spite of all the difficulties
Bob is famous today, but Tom is still his best friend, the one who supported him through thick and thin.
|thin end of the wedge||To refer to an
event or action as the thin end of the
wedge means that it is thought to be
the beginning of something that will become
According to the media, today's outsourcing is just the thin end of the wedge.
|a thin line||When there is a
thin (or fine) line
between feeling or situations, there is a
point where it is difficult to distinguish
There's a thin line between showing concern and being indiscreet - so don't overdo it!
|thin on the top||If someone, usually
a man, is thin on the top, they are
losing their hair or going bald.
Dad's gone a bit thin on the top in the last few years.
|thing of the past||Something which no
longer exists or is rarely used today is a
thing of the past.
Few people use video cassettes today - they've become a thing of the past.
|things are looking up||To say that
things are looking up means that the
situation is improving and you feel more
positive about the future.
Andy has got two job interviews next week so things are looking up.
|think again||If you tell someone
to think again, you advise them to
reconsider the situation and perhaps change
Your apartment is well located; you should think again before selling it.
|think better of it||If you think
better of something, you decide not to
do something that you intended to do.
I wanted to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park I thought better of it.
|think on your feet||A person who thinks on their feet
is capable of adjusting rapidly to new
developments and making quick decisions,
Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case.
|think outside the box||People who
think outside the box try to find
innovative ideas or solutions.
Our competitors are more creative than us - they really think outside the box!
|think the sun rises and sets on someone||If you consider
someone to be the most wonderful person in
the world, you think the sun rises and
sets on them.
She adores her husband - she thinks the sun rises and sets on him!
|think the world of||If you think
the world of someone, you like or
admire them very much.
She's a wonderful grandmother - the children think the world of her.
|thinly veiled||If something such
as a feeling or reaction is thinly
veiled, it is barely hidden.
His disappointment was thinly veiled when he saw what he had won.
|thorn in your side||If you say that
someone is a thorn in your side,
you mean that they continually irritate or
Jane finds her mother-in-law very irritating, a real thorn in her side!
|thorny issue||If you are faced
with a thorny issue, you have to
deal with a difficult or unpleasant problem.
Copyright and content duplication are thorny issues these days.
|thrilled to bits||Someone who is
thrilled to bits is extremely pleased
Julie was thrilled to bits when her project was selected.
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