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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms D, page 9

Idioms D, page 9:  from:   'drastic times'   to:   'drop a bombshell'


  • 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 todraw 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 they are wearing very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
      "She arrived at the reception dressed to kill."

  • dressed up to the nines
    • Someone dressed up to the nines is wearing very smart or glamorous clothes.
      "Caroline must be going to a party - she's dressed up to the nines."

  • (in) dribs and drabs
    • If something comes in dribs and drabs, it arrives little by little, in small amounts or numbers.
      "Instead of the crowd expected, people arrived in dribs and drabs."

  • get someone's drift
    • If you get someone's drift, you understand in a general way what they are trying to say.
      "I didn't understand every word but I got the drift."

  • drink like a fish
    • A person who drinks like a fish is one who drinks a lot.
      "I get nervous if Ben drives when we go out because he drinks like a fish!"

  • drive a hard bargain
    • A person who drives a hard bargain always makes sure they gain advantage in a business deal.
      "Be prepared for tough negotiations with Dan. He drives a hard bargain."

  • drive up the wall
    • If somebody or something drives you up the wall, they do something that greatly annoys or irritates you.
      "I can't concentrate with all the noise - it's driving me up the wall."

  • drop a bombshell
    • If you drop a bombshell, you make an unexpected announcement which will greatly change a situation.
      "The chairman dropped a bombshell when he announced the merger with the company's biggest rival."

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