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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - B, page 10
from:  'blank cheque'   to:  'blow away cobwebs'

  • (a) blank cheque
    • If you give someone a blank cheque, you authorise them to do what they think is best in a difficult situation.
      "Tom was given a blank cheque and told to negotiate the best deal possible."

  • (a) wet blanket
    • To refer to someone as a wet blanket  means that they spoil other people's fun, or make an event less enjoyable than it could have been.
      "Come on Mike! Don't be such a wet blanket. You're spoiling the party!"

  • (a) blessing in disguise
    • A blessing in disguise refers to something that is unpleasant at first but later turns out to have advantages.
      "Missing the plane was a blessing in disguise - that's how he met his wife. She was a member of the crew on the next flight!"

  • (a) blind alley
    • If you go up a blind alley, you follow an ineffective course of action which leads nowhere, or produces no results.
      "The suspect's 'revelations' lead the police up a blind alley."

  • (as) blind as a bat
    • Someone whose vision is very poor, or who is unable to see anything, is (as) blind as a bat.
      "Without his glasses, the old man is as blind as a bat."

  • (the) blind leading the blind
    • The expression 'the blind leading the blind' describes a person with very little ability trying to help or guide a person with no ability.
      "Don't ask Sofia to translate it. She hardly speaks a word of English herself. It would be a case of the blind leading the blind."

  • blind someone with science
    • If someone tries to blind you with science, they confuse you with their knowledge by using difficult or technical words.
      "When you ask Tim for a simple explanation, he blinds you with science."

  • (in the) blink of an eye
    • If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens nearly instantaneously, with hardly enough time to notice it.
      "The pickpocket disappeared in the blink of an eye."

  • on the blink
    • If a machine is on the blink, a light flickering on and off shows that it is not working properly and needs servicing or repair.
      "What a nuisance! The photocopier is on the blink again."

  • blockbuster
    • Something that is outstanding, impressive or particularly successful, such as a film or a book ,is called a blockbuster.
      "The TV series was a blockbuster."

  • makes your blood boil
    • If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really angry.
      "His condescending attitude made my blood boil!"

  • makes your blood run cold
    • If something makes your blood run cold, it shocks or scares you a lot.
      "The look in the prisoner's eyes made my blood run cold."

  • (get) blood out of a stone
    • The expression 'get blood from a stone' refers to something that is very difficult to obtain.
      "Negotiating a reduction from that company is like getting blood from a stone!"

  • blood, sweat and tears
    • A project or action which involves blood, sweat and tears requires a lot of effort and hard work.
      "His success wasn't due to luck; it was blood, sweat and tears all the way."

  • a late bloomer
    • To refer to someone as a late bloomer means that they take longer than usual or expected to develop in a particular field, show their talents or demonstrate their capabilities.
      "He was quite slow at school but he turned out to be a late bloomer who is now a renowned academic ! "

  • blot one's copy-book
    • Someone who blots their copy-book does something to spoil their good record or reputation.
      "He blotted his copy-book when he was arrested for speeding."

  • blow away the cobwebs
    • If something blows away the cobwebs, it makes you feel more lively and refreshes your ideas.
      "Let's get out of the house. A walk on the beach will blow away the cobwebs!"

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