Idioms

Whistle-blower

Meaning A person who tries to raise the alarm about a problem and publicises it inside and/or outside of his/her organisation. Origin If the number of phrases that make direct reference to whistles is anything to go by, whistling looms… Read More ›

Idioms and Euphemisms for Death

The most common and gentlest easily-understandable euphemism used to announce that someone has died is passed away, passed on or simply passed. Anything stronger may give offence, anything more delicate may be misunderstood. Below is a list of the many expressions… Read More ›

Indian Giver

Besides being a song by the 1910 Fruitgum Company it means the following (from Wikipedia) Indian giver is an American English expression used to describe a person who gives a gift (literal or figurative) and later wants it back, or something… Read More ›

Idioms for bodily functions

I was having a discussion with my fifteen year old nephew this summer about idioms (more interesting than it sounds!). He said that there were many slang terms and idioms for breasts, penises, being drunk or drugs. I remember noticing the… Read More ›