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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - O, page 5
from:  'out of circulation'   to:  'out of whack'

  • out of circulation
    • Someone who is out of circulation is unavailable, impossible to reach 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."

  • out to lunch
    • To say that someone is out to lunch means that they seem to be absentminded, unaware of what's going on around them or unable to understand what is happening.
      "He's hopeless as a leader - considered as 'out to lunch' by the group."

  • out of the picture
    • To say that a person or group is out of the picture means that they have been eliminated in a contest or tournament.
      "We were beaten in the semi-finals, so that's us out of the picture!"

  • out of your own pocket
    • If you pay for something out of your own pocket, you cover the cost with your own money.
      "Breakfast is included but you must pay for lunch out of your own pocket."

  • out of the question
    • Something which is out of the question is impossible and is therefore not worth discussing.
      "Buying a new car is out of the question - we simply can't afford it."

  • out of sight, out of mind
    • This expression means that if you do not see someone or something frequently, you will forget about them.
      "Ever since I moved, my old friends seem to have forgotten me – out of sight, out of mind !"

  • out of sorts
    • If someone is out of sorts, they are upset and irritable or not feeling well.
      "The baby is out of sorts today. Perhaps he's cutting a tooth."

  • out of sync
    • If two movements or actions are out of sync, they are not coordinated and are not taking place at the same time or at the same speed.
      "The traffic lights are out of sync and causing a lot of confusion."

  • out of touch
    • If you are out of touch, you no longer communicate with someone, or you are unaware of recent developments.
      "I've been out of touch with Jenny since we left college."

  • out of whack
    • If something is out of whack, it is not working properly or is not in good order.
      "The dishwasher is making a funny noise. Something must be out of whack."

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