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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - S

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step out of line If you step out of line, you do something unacceptable or break the rules.
It was made clear upon arrival that we would be dismissed if we stepped out of line.
take steps If you take steps, you start a course of action in order to accomplish something.
The town is taking steps to improve security in public car parks.
sterner stuff If someone is made of sterner stuff, they have a strong character and are better able to deal with difficulties than others.
I was surprised to see him so upset.  I thought he was made of sterner stuff.
in a stew When someone is in a stew about something, they are worried and agitated.
When she was organizing the wedding reception, Laura got into a stew over the seating arrangements.
stew in your own juice If you let someone stew in their own juice, you leave them to worry about the consequences of their own actions.
Ricky spent last night in prison for starting a fight - let him just stew in his own juice!
stick in one's throat If something sticks in your throat (or craw), it is very difficult to accept and makes you angry or resentful.
The way he treats women really sticks in my throat!
stick out like a sore thumb If something sticks out like a sore thumb, it is very obvious or visible in an unpleasant way.
The modern building sticks out like a sore thumb among the old houses.
stick something out If you stick something out, you continue to endure it in spite of the difficulties or unpleasant aspects of the situation.
Life is difficult here, but Luke is going to stick it out because he is determined to succeed.
stick out a mile If something sticks out a mile, it is very obvious or very easy to see.
You can see she's had a facelift - it sticks out a mile!
stick to your guns If you stick to your guns, you show determination when faced with opposition.
The government stuck to its guns in spite of the criticism.
stick to your last If you tell someone to stick to their last, you are asking them to restrict their intervention or comments to an area where they have knowledge and experience, and to keep away from areas where they know nothing.
(A 'last' is used in making and repairing shores.)
Why don't you stick to your last and let me handle this matter.
sticking point A sticking point is a controversial issue that causes an interruption or blocks progress in discussions or negotiations.
The choice of distributor was a sticking point in the negotiations.
stickler for the rules Someone who is a stickler for the rules is a disciplinarian who demands strict observance of the rules or procedures.
Be sure to use the proper form.  Mr. Brown is a stickler for the rules.
sticky fingers Someone who has sticky fingers has a tendency to steal.
Items have been disappearing from the stock recently. Do any of the employees have sticky fingers?
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