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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms S, page 23

Idioms S, page 23:  from:   'struck dumb'   to:   'swallow your words'


  • struck dumb
    • If someone is struck dumb, they are unable to speak because they are so surprised, shocked or frightened by something.
      "The suspect was struck dumb when the verdict was announced."

  • stubborn as a mule
    • If someone is as stubborn as a mule, they are very obstinate and unwilling to listen to reason or change their mind.
      "His friends advised him to accept the offer, but you know Larry - he's as stubborn as a mule!"

  • stuck in a time warp
    • Something that has not changed at all from some time in the past, when everything else has, is caught or stuck in a time warp.
      "This place seem to be stuck in a time warp. It's exactly as it was in the 1950's. "

  • a stumbling block
    • A problem or obstacle that prevents you from achieving something is a stumbling block.
      "My father adapted quite well but the language was always a stumbling block for my mother."

  • on the stump
    • Before an election, when politicians are campaigning for support and votes, they are on the stump.
      "On the stump for months, the candidates attended meeting after meeting."

  • from the sublime to the ridiculous
    • If something goes from the sublime to the ridiculous, it deteriorates in quality from serious or admirable to absurd or unimportant.
      "An opera followed by a Mr. Muscle contest is going from the sublime to the ridiculous!"

  • sugar the pill
    • If you sugar the pill, you try to make some unpleasant news more acceptable by saying something pleasant at the same time.
      "When Tim's parents announced that he was going to boarding school, they tried to sugar the pill by telling him he'd be home at the week-ends."

  • suit every pocket
    • This term refers to the amount of money you are able to spend or the price you can afford.
      "The store offers a wide range of computers at prices to suit every pocket."

  • survival of the fittest
    • The survival of the fittest means that the most able, or those best capable of adapting to particular conditions, will survive.
      "I plant some flowers in the spring and hope for the best - it's the survival of the fittest!"

  • suss out (something)
    • If you suss out something, such as a problem or a situation, you examine it and manage to understand it.
      "Ask Jack to explain - he's got it all sussed out!"

  • swallow the bait
    • If you swallow the bait, you accept an offer made specially to persuade you to do something.
      "When customers see a 'special offer' sign, they usually swallow the bait and purchase the product."

  • swallow your pride
    • If you swallow your pride, you accept something humiliating or embarrassing, for example having to admit that you are wrong, or that you have less knowledge that you thought.
      "When Jill failed the exam, she had to swallow her pride and repeat the course."

  • swallow your words
    • If you swallow your words, you admit that you were wrong.
      "He said I'd never get the job, but he had to swallow his words when I was appointed."

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