English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - X-Y-Z
|xerox subsidy||This term refers to
the habit of using the photocopier at work
for personal use.
A certain percentage of photocopies are in fact xerox subsidies.
|yellow bellied||A person who is
yellow-bellied is cowardly, or not at
The bus was full of yellow-bellied passengers who disappeared when the driver was attacked by two youths.
|yoke around one's neck||
An obligation, commitment or restraint that
becomes an oppressive burden is called a
yoke around one's neck.
When John lost his job, the repayments on the house became a yoke around his neck.
|you don't know the half of it||This expression is used to tell someone
that they know some of the facts but they
don't know how bad the situation is.
You don't know the half of it! He was beating her and terrorizing the children. That's why she left him.
|your guess is as good as mine||When talking to another person, your
guess is as good as mine means that
neither of you knows the answer.
"What happened to the coffee machine?" "Your guess is as good as mine!"
|your wish is my command||This is a humoristic way of saying that
you are willing to do whatever the other
Breakfast in bed? Your wish is my command!
|zero in on something||If you zero in on something,
you focus all your attention on that
The boss immediately zeroed in on the sales figures.
|zero tolerance||If an activity or a certain type of
behaviour is given zero tolerance,
it will not be accepted, not even once.
The authorities have announced zero tolerance for smoking in public buildings.
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