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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms E, page 4

Idioms E, page 4:  from:   'even the score'   to:   'apple of your eye'


  • even the score
    • When a person decides to even the score, they try to get their revenge on someone who has cheated or done them harm.
      "When Jack discovered that Bob had cheated, he was determined to even the score."

  • even steven
    • Two or more people who are even stevens are equal to each other. None of them has more than the others; none is owed anything or has anything due.
      "The two boys shared equally the money they made delivering pizzas so now they're even stevens."

  • even a worm will turn
    • Even someone who never complains will react to an intolerable situation.
      "If he continues to treat his wife badly, she'll leave him - even a worm will turn."

  • every dog has its day
    • This expression means that everyone can be successful at something at some time in their life.
      "I didn't win this time, but I'll be lucky one day. Every dog has its day!"

  • every nook and cranny
    • Every nook and cranny means every possible part of a place.
      "She searched every nook and cranny of the old town looking for antiques."

  • every Tom, Dick and Harry
    • This expression means everyone or everybody.
      "Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a credit card nowadays!"

  • a necessary evil
    • If you say that something is a necessary evil, you don't like it but you understand that it has to exist and be accepted.
      "Vaccinations are a necessary evil if you want to travel."

  • exception proves the rule
    • If something is different from a general belief or theory, it shows that the belief or theory is true.
      "Most teenagers love fast food, but Ben is the exception that proves the rule - he's the only one of our children who insists on healthy food!"

  • excuse my French
    • This expression is used as an apology for using crude or offensive language.
      "He's a bloody nuisance, if you'll excuse my French."

  • explore all avenues
    • If you explore all avenues, you try out every possibility in order to obtain a result or find a solution.
      "We can't say it's impossible until we've explored all avenues."

  • the apple of your eye
    • A person, usually a child, who is the apple of your eye is one for whom you have great affection.
      "My grandson is the apple of my eye."

  • eye of the storm
    • A person or organisation who is in the eye of the storm is deeply involved in a difficult situation which affects a lot of people.
      "The Prime Minister was often in the eye of the storm during the debate on the tax reform."

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