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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms H, page 9

Idioms H, page 9:  from:   'hit the dust running'   to:   'hold the field'

  • hit the dust running
    • If someone hits the ground running, they are ready and eager to start immediately on a new activity.
      "He intends to hit the ground running when he starts his new job."

  • hit the hay (or sack)
    • When you hit the hay (or hit the sack), you go to bed.
      "The boys were so exhausted that they hit the hay as soon as they reached the campsite."

  • hit the nail on the head
    • When you hit the nail on the head, you are absolutely right about something or have guessed the exact nature of a problem or situation.
      "You hit the nail on the head when you said Mark had money problems. He's lost his job."

  • hit/strike pay dirt
    • If you hit pay dirt, you are lucky and suddenly find yourself in a successful money-making situation.
      "Charlie finally hit pay dirt with his latent invention."

  • hit the panic button
    • When you hit or press the panic button, you raise the alarm too quickly or react too hastily in a difficult or stressful situation.
      "Calm down! There's no need to hit the panic button yet!"

  • hit the road
    • When you hit the road, you begin a journey.
      "It's getting late and we've got a long way to go. Let's hit the road."

  • hit the roof / go through the roof
    • If you hit the roof, you are furious or become extremely angry.
      “Their parents will hit the roof if they catch them smoking!”

  • hit the spot
    • If something hits the spot, it is exactly what is needed or wanted.
      "On such a hot day, a cool drink would really hit the spot!"

  • hitch one's wagon to a star
    • Someone who hitches their wagon to a star has great ambitions and is very determined to reach their goal.
      "At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become famous."

  • hive of activity
    • A place where there are lots of things happening, and everyone is very busy, is called a hive of activity.
      "When I went to offer help, the kitchen was already a hive of activity."

  • go the whole hog
    • When you go the whole hog, you do something thoroughly or completely.
      "They put up a few decorations for Christmas, then they decided to go the whole hog and buy a tree and all the trimmings."

  • hold all the aces
    • A person who holds all the aces is in a very strong position because they have more advantages than anyone else.
      "Given the high unemployment rates today, employers hold all the aces."

  • hold your breath
    • If someone is holding their breath, they are waiting anxiously or excitedly for something to happen or be announced.
      "I went for a second interview today - now I'm holding my breath!"

  • hold (or hang) on for dear life
    • If you hold (or hang) on for dear life, you grip something firmly so as not to fall.
      "Andy took his mother on the back of his motorbike where she held on for dear life!"

  • hold the field
    • If something holds the field, it has not been replaced and remains valid or is still in use.
      "The founder's management principles still hold the field today."

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