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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms D, page 8

Idioms D, page 8:  from:   'the shadow of a doubt'   to:   'drag one's feet'

  • (not the) shadow of a doubt / beyond the shadow of a doubt
    • This expression is used to indicate absolute certainty about something.
      "There wasn't a shadow of  a doubt in our minds about Susan's sincerity."

  • doubting Thomas
    • A 'doubting Thomas' is a person who will not believe something without proof, or without seeing it for themselves.
      "I had to show him my membership card. What a doubting Thomas!"

  • down at heel
    • A person who is down-at-heel is someone whose appearance is untidy or neglected because of lack of money.
      "The down-at-heel student I first met became a successful writer."

  • down in the dumps
    • Someone who is down in the dumps is depressed or feeling gloomy.
      "Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam."

  • down in the mouth
    • When someone is down in the mouth, they are showing visible signs of unhappiness. They look discouraged or depressed.
      "You look a bit down in the mouth. What's the matter?"

  • down payment
    • When someone makes a down payment, they pay part of the total amount agreed when signing a purchase deal or contract.
      "Emma and Paul are excited. They put a down payment on their first house yesterday."

  • down the drain
    • To say that money, time or energy has gone down the drain means that it has been wasted or lost.
      "His years of research went down the drain when the company went bankrupt."

  • down to earth
    • Someone who is down to earth is not a dreamer but a realistic and practical person who has sensible reactions and expectations.
      "Don't ask Suzy for help. She's fun, but not very down to earth."

  • down to the wire
    • If something such as project or a match goes down to the wire, the situation can change up until the last possible moment.
      "There's nothing as exciting as watching a game that goes down to the wire."

  • all downhill / downhill all the way
    • If something is all downhill or downhill all the way, it is very easy to achieve considering the difficulties encountered beforehand.
      "The hardest part for the burglars was turning off the alarm system. After that it was all downhill."

  • go downhill
    • When something goes downhill, it deteriorates or gets worse little by little.
      "His health has been going downhill since the last operation."

  • drag one's feet
    • If you drag your feet, you delay a decision or participate without any real enthusiasm.
      "The government is dragging its feet on measures to reduce pollution."

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