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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - O

(page 4 :  open-and-shut case  →  out on a limb)

open-and-shut case An open-and-shut case is one where the facts are so clear that the matter can be dealt with or solved easily.
He was caught driving the stolen car.  It's an open-and-shut case.
opposite number A person who holds the same position as oneself in another company or organisation is called one's opposite number.
I spoke to my opposite number in several local companies and we all agreed to join the anti-pollution campaign.
ostrich strategy/policy Someone who adopts an ostrich strategy or policy chooses to ignore or evade an obvious problem in the hope that it will resolve itself or disappear.
Adopting an ostrich strategy will only make matters worse - we've got to find a solution.
other side of the coin When you want to mention a different or contradictory aspect of a situation, you refer to the other side of the coin.
The house is lovely and spacious, but the other side of the coin is that it is far from shops and schools.
other things being equal This expression refers to a probable situation if the conditions elsewhere remain unchanged or equal.
Other things being equal, a reduction in the cost of transport should enable us to lower our prices.
out of the blue If something happens out of the blue, it happens unexpectedly.
I had nearly given up hope when out of the blue I was offered a job.
out of character If you do something that is out of character, it is unlike your usual behaviour or not what is expected from you.
The way she panicked was out of character for such a normally calm person.
out of circulation Someone who is out of circulation is unavailable or not joining  in activities with others.
I'm going to do a summer course in New  York, so I'll be out of circulation for a while.
out of your depth If you are out of your depth, you are unable to understand a subject or deal with a situation because it is too difficult for you.
The level of the class was too high for me, so very quickly I felt out of my depth.
out of earshot When someone is out of earshot, they are too far away to hear or to be heard.
They waited until Tess was out of earshot before discussing her surprise birthday party.
out of harm's way If you put something out of harm's way, you put it in a safe place where it won't be damaged.
I'm going to put this glass bowl out of harm's way so that it doesn't get broken.
out like a light If a person is out like a light, they are so tired that they fall asleep very quickly.
As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light.
out on a limb If you go out on a limb, you do something risky or unsupported by others, which leaves you in a difficult position.
Jack was out on a limb with his proposal - nobody supported his idea.
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