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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms D, page 10

Idioms D, page 10:  from:   'drop like flies'   to:   'dumb as an oyster'


  • drop like flies
    • If people drop like flies, they fall ill or die in large numbers.
      "There's a 'flu epidemic right now. Senior citizens are dropping like flies."

  • drop of a hat
    • If you do somethingat the drop of a hat, you do it immediately and without hesitation.
      "I've got great friends. They're ready to help out at the drop of a hat."

  • drop names
    • When you drop names, you mention the names of famous people you know or have met in order to impress others.
      "There goes Jack dropping names again. People will get tired of listening to him!"

  • drop in the ocean
    • A drop in the ocean is a very small quantity compared to the amount needed or expected.
      "The revenue from the proposed tax reform is a drop in the ocean compared to the deficit."

  • drop someone a line
    • If you drop someone a line, you write a letter to them.
      "I always drop her a line to wish her a Merry Christmas"

  • drop like a hot potato
    • If you drop someone or something like a hot potato, you leave them or immediately stop associating with them.
      "As soon as the unflattering article was published, she dropped him like a hot potato."

  • ready to drop
    • Someone who is ready to drop is nearly too exhausted to stay standing.
      "I've been shopping all day with Judy. I'm ready to drop!"

  • drum into someone's head
    • If you teach something to someone through constant repetition, you drum it into their head.
      "When we were kids at school, multiplication tables were drummed into our heads."

  • (a) dry run / dummy run
    • If you organise a rehearsal, a trial exercise or a practice session of something, in realistic conditions, to see how well it will work before it is launched, you do a dry run.
      "Let's do a dry run of the ceremony to make sure everything goes smoothly."

  • (a) sitting duck
    • A sitting duck is an easy target, a person who is easy to deceive.
      "The young girl was a sitting duck for the photographer."

  • dull at ditchwater / dull as dishwater
    • Something as dull as ditchwater is very boring.
      "The film was as dull as ditchwater. I nearly fell asleep."

  • (as) dumb as an oyster
    • Someone who is asdumb as an oyster will never reveal something told in confidence or betray a secret.
      "Sophie will never repeat what you tell her. She's as dumb as an oyster."

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