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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - D 

(Idioms D page 8:   down payment  →  dressed to kill)

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.
drastic times call for drastic measures When faced with a difficult situation, it is sometimes necessary to take actions which in normal circumstances would appear extreme
After Johnny's third accident, his father confiscated his car.
Drastic times call for drastic measures!
draw a blank If you look for or try to remember something, and draw a blank, you fail to find it.
I nearly won the quiz; unfortunately I drew a blank at the last question!
draw the line If you decide to draw the line, you determine when an activity or situation becomes unacceptable.
When a person's private life is concerned, the media should know where to draw the line.
draw a line in the sand If you draw a line in the sand, you establish a limit beyond which a certain situation or activity will not be accepted.
That's it!  We're going to draw a line in the sand and make this our final proposal.
dream ticket If you refer to two people as a dream ticket, you think they would work well together and be successful.
Two world champions teaming up for the children's fund-raising project would be a dream ticket.
dressed to kill When someone, especially a woman, is dressed to kill, they are wearing very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
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