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 English Idioms and Expressions 

Idioms: Clothes-1
from:  'below the belt'  to: 'put on your thinking cap'

  • below the belt
    • An action or remark described as below the belt is considered to be unfair or cruel.
      "Politicians sometimes use personal information to hit their rivals below the belt."

  • tighten your belt
    • If you need to tighten your belt, you must spend less money or be careful how you spend it because there is less available.
      "Another bill? I'll have to tighten my belt this month!"

  • under your belt
    • If you have something under your belt,you have acquired experience or have satisfactorily achieved something.
      "You've got to have some work experience under your belt before you can hope to get a permanent job."

  • (have a) bee in one's bonnet
    • Someone who has a bee in their bonnet has an idea which constantly occupies their thoughts.
      "She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York."

  • die with your boots on
    • A person who dies with their boots on dies while still leading an active life.
      "He says he'll never retire. He'd rather die with his boots on!"

  • too big for your boots (or britches)
    • To say that a person is getting too big for their boots (or britches) means that you think they are behaving as if they were more important than they really are.
      "Tom is really getting too big for his boots since he got a promotion - he hardly says hello any more!"

  • hang up your boots
    • When a sports player hangs up their boots, they stop playing and retire. (This expression is often used to refer to retirement in general.)
      "Dad says he's going to hang up his boots at the end of the year."

  • lick someone's boots
    • To say that one person is licking another's boots means that they are trying to please that person, often in order to obtain something.
      "Sam is licking the manager's boots in the hope of obtaining a pay rise."

  • (as) tough as old boots
    • If something, specially meat, is (as) tough as old boots, it is hard to cut and difficult to chew. (This can also refer to a person who is strong either physically or in character.)
      "I was served a steak as tough as old boots."

  • buckle down (to something)
    • If you buckle down to something, you start to work seriously at something and give it your full attention.
      "Eva willl have to buckle down (to her revision work) if she wants to pass the exam."

  • cap in hand
    • If you do something cap in hand, you ask for something in a very respectful manner.
      "They went to the teacher, cap in hand, and asked for more time to complete their project."

  • if the cap fits wear it
    • You can say 'if the cap fits, wear it' to let someone know that the critical remark they have just heard applies to them.
      "Are you referring to me?" "If the cap fits, wear it!"

  • put on your thinking cap
    • If you tell someone to put on their thinking cap ,you ask them to find an idea or solve a problem by thinking about it.
      "Now here's this week's quiz; it's time to put on your thinking caps!"

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