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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms S, page 8

Idioms S, page 8:  from:   'short fuse'   to:   'shrug off'


  • short fuse
    • When someone has a short fuse, they are likely to become angry easily or quickly.
      "Be careful how you explain the situation. The boss has a short fuse these days!"

  • short shrift
    • If someone or something gets short shrift they are given little attention or sympathy.
      "When the boss is very busy, he gives short shrift to anyone who bothers him."

  • a shot in the dark
    • To refer to a question or statement asa shot in the dark means that it is a complete guess, but at the same time it might be closeto the truth.
      "He didn't know which players had been selected, so mentioning Carter's name was just a shot in the dark."

  • call the shots
    • If you call the shots, you are in command of the situation and make all the important decisions.
      "Ask Julie - she's the one who calls the shots around here."

  • shotgun approach
    • If you use a shotgun approach, you cover a wide range in a non-selective, haphazard and inefficient manner.
      "Identifying a specific segment of the market as our target will be more effective than a shotgun approach."

  • shoulder surfing
    • The practice of looking over somebody's shoulder when they are using a computer, cash dispenser or other electronic device, in order to obtain personal information (identification, account number, password, etc.) is called shoulder surfing.

  • chip on the shoulder
    • If someone has achip on their shoulder, the feel resentful because they feel they are being treated unfairly, especially because of their background, their sex or their colour.
      "He's got a chip on his shoulder because he's from a working-class family."

  • give someone the cold shoulder
    • To means to deliberately ignore them.
      "After giving my opinion, he gave me the cold shoulder."

  • (a) shouting match
    • An argument or debate where people shout loudly at each other is called a shouting match.
      "The debate between the two politicians turned into a shouting match which spoiled the event for viewers."

  • a show of hands
    • A show of hands is a method of voting where people give their opinion by raising a hand.
      "How many people agree? Could we have a show of hands please?"

  • show your true colours
    • When a person shows their true colours, their behaviour reveals their real nature, with their qualities and/or weaknesses.
      "In times of crisis people show their true colours."

  • show someone the ropes
    • If you show someone the ropes, you teach or explain to them how to do a particular job.
      "The manager is busy showing the ropes to two new trainees."

  • get the show on the road
    • If you manage to put a plan or idea into action, you get the show on the road.
      "OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road."

  • a shrinking violet
    • A person referred to as a shrinking violet is a timid or shy person.
      "The witness was a shrinking violet who had difficulty expressing herself"

  • shrug something off
    • If your shrug something off, you dismiss it as being unimportant.
      "He was aware of the danger but he just shrugged it off."

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