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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms N, page 5

Idioms N, page 5:  from:   'no use crying over spilt milk'   to:   'not give a hoot'


  • no use crying over spilt milk
    • This expression means that it is useless to complain or have regrets about something that is done and cannot be changed.
      "Sometimes I regret not accepting the offer, but it's no use crying over spilt milk."

  • on nodding terms
    • If you are on nodding terms with someone, you don't know them very well, just well enough to say 'hello' when you meet them.
      "We haven't made any friends yet but we're on nodding terms with our neighbours."

  • non sequitur
    • This Latin term refers to a statement which does not seem to be a logical follow-up to the previous statement or argument.
      "After announcing the merger, the chairman began talking about global warming which seemed a complete non sequitur."

  • none the wiser
    • If you do not know more about something after obtaining an explanation, or if you fail to find information on the subject, you are none the wiser.
      "I tried to understand the voting system but I was none the wiser after Joe's explanation."

  • use your noodle
    • If you use your noodle, you use your brain or your common sense.
      "How did I figure that out? I just used my noodle!"

  • nose out of joint
    • If something putsyour nose out of joint, it offends or annoys you.
      "When he discovered he wasn't on the invitation list, that really put his nose out of joint!"

  • not all there
    • Someone who is not all there behaves strangely at times, or seems a bit odd.
      "Our new neighbour wears a hat and coat even in summer; he's not all there!"

  • (not) for all the tea in China
    • To say that you would not do something for all the tea in China means that you would not do it under any conditions.
      "I wouldn't live there for all the tea in China."

  • not for love or money
    • If you say that you cannot or will not do something for love or money, you mean that you will not do it under any circumstances.
      "I would not try bungee jumping for love or money!"

  • not getting anywhere
    • If you are not getting anywhere, you are making no progress at all.
      "I've spent the whole day looking for a solution but I'm not getting anywhere."

  • not give a hoot
    • To say that you don't or couldn't give a hoot means that you don't care at all about something.
      "She wears eccentric clothes and she couldn't give a hoot about what others think."

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