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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms L, page 7

Idioms L, page 7:  from:   'cross the line'   to:   'live in clover'


  • cross the line
    • If you cross the line you go beyond the authorized limits by doing something unacceptable.
      "He has an unpleasant habit of telling jokes that really cross the line."

  • line of least resistance
    • If you opt for the line of least resistance, you choose the easiest way of doing something.
      "To make sure the children would stay inside, he chose the line of least resistance and rented a film."

  • read between the lines
    • To read between the lines means to understand the real meaning of what is written or said, without need for any further detail.
      "Reading between the lines, I'd say that the situation is worse than expected."

  • lion's share
    • The lion's share of something is the largest portion, or the best part.
      "He left very little money to his children; the lion's share was donated to charity."

  • pay lip service
    • If you pay lip service to an idea or cause, you give verbal support or approval, but fail to actually do anything.
      "In spite of promising equal pay for women, the management is paying lip service to the promotion of women's rights."

  • keep a stiff upper lip
    • If a person keeps a stiff upper lip, they contain their emotion and do not let other people see their feelings.
      "When she heard the bad news, she kept a stiff upper lip."

  • lips are sealed
    • If you say that your lips are sealed, you promise not to reveal a secret.
      "I promise I won't tell anyone. My lips are sealed."

  • smack or lick your lips
    • To say that a person is smacking or licking their lips means that they are showing that they are excited about something and are eager for it to happen.
      "They were smacking their lips at the idea of the money they were going to make."

  • lipstick on a pig
    • This expression means that trying to 'dress up' something unappealing or ugly, in a vain attempt to make it look better, is like putting lipstick on a pig.
      "Flowers will not improve that ugly bridge; every one agrees that it's lipstick on a pig."

  • live a lie
    • If you spend your life hiding something important about yourself, or inventing something which is not true, you live a lie.
      "To hide his humble origins, he told his wife he had no family and spent his life living a lie."

  • live beyond your means
    • If someone lives beyond their means, they spend more money than they earn or can afford.
      "The cost of living was so much higher in New York that Charlie was soon living beyond his means."

  • live from hand to mouth
    • If you live from hand to mouth, you don't have any money to save because whatever you earn is spent on food and other essentials.
      "Most families in that area live from  hand to mouth."

  • live high off the hog
    • Someone who lives high off the hog has a lot of money and a very comfortable lifestyle.
      "Now he's wealthy and living high off the hog."

  • live in an ivory tower
    • A person who lives in an ivory tower has a lifestyle that preserves them from the problems and difficulties experienced by others.
      "You're completely out of touch - it's time to come out of your ivory tower and see what's going on!"

  • live in clover
    • Someone who lives in clover has enough money to lead a very comfortable  life.
      "I dream of making an enormous amount of money and living in clover for the rest of my life!"

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