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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms H, page 6

Idioms H, page 6:  from:   'headless chicken'   to:   'turn on the heat'


  • headless chicken
    • If a person rushes about like a headless chicken, they act in a disorderly way, without thinking or analyzing the situation carefully.
      "As soon as the store opened, my mother started running around like a headless chicken, eager to find bargains."

  • hear a pin drop
    • To say that you could hear a pin drop means that it is so silent you could hear the slightest noise.
      "People were listening so intently that you could hear a pin drop."

  • hear through the grapevine
    • If you hear of something through the grapevine, you learn about it informally, for example through friends or colleagues.
      "How did you hear that?" "Oh, through the grapevine as usual!"

  • heart's content
    • If you do something to your heart's content, you do it as much and for as long as you want.
      "When my parents are away, I can watch television to my heart's content!"

  • heart in your mouth
    • A person who has their heart in their mouth feels extremely anxious or nervous faced with a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
      "Emma had her heart in her mouth when she saw her two-year-old son standing in front of the open window."

  • heart in the right place
    • A person who has their heart in the right place has kind feelings and good intentions, even if the results are not too good.
      "The old lady's cake wasn't wonderful but she's got her heart in the right place!"

  • heart of the matter
    • The most important part or aspect of a situation is called the heart of the matter.
      "We need to get to the heart of the matter - what caused the accident?"

  • heart on your sleeve
    • If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you allow others to see your emotions or feelings.
      "You could see she was hurt - she wears her heart on her sleeve."

  • heart of stone
    • Someone who has aheart of stone is a cold person who shows others no understanding, sympathy or pity.
      "She's not the person to go to if you've got problems - she's got a heart of stone!"

  • heart misses (or skips) a beat
    • If your heart misses (or skips) a beat, you have sudden feeling of fear or excitement.
      "When the lights suddenly went out, my heart missed a beat."

  • heart set on something
    • Someone who has their heart set on something wants it very much.
      "From an early age Tiger has his heart set on becoming a professional golfer."

  • heart sinks
    • If your heart sinks, you feel very unhappy and despondent.
      "My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me."

  • heat is on
    • To say that the heat is on means that you are under a lot of pressure to get something done, usually within a time limit.
      "The project must be ready for next Friday, so the heat is on."

  • turn on/up the heat
    • If you turn on/up the heat on a person or organisation, you put pressure on them in order to obtain what you want.
      "If the goods are not delivered this week, we'll have to turn on the heat."

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