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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms T, page 12

Idioms T, page 12:  from:   'toot your own horn'   to:   'tower of strength'


  • toot your own horn
    • If you toot your own horn, you like to boast about your abilities and achievements.
      "Ben is very discreet about his success. He doesn't go round tooting his own horn. "

  • (fight) tooth and nail 
    • If you fight tooth and nail for something, you fight with all your energy.
      "The Transport Minister fought tooth and nail to have the proposed road safety law accepted."

  • top dog
    • To say that a person, group or country is top dog means that they are better or more powerful than others.
      "She's top dog in cosmetics today."

  • at the) top of your lungs
    • If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
      "The place was so noisy that I had to shout at the top of my lungs to be heard."

  • top notch
    • To say that something is top notch means that it is of the highest possible quality or standard.
      "The hotel was wonderful and the service was top notch."

  • (on) top of the world
    • If you feel on top of the world, you are extremely happy because everything is going well for you.
      "It's been such a good year for Amy that she feels on top of the world."

  • toss up
    • When there are two options or possibilities to choose from, and both are equally good, the choice between the two is called a toss-up (like tossing a coin).
      "Both boxers are in excellent condition. It's a toss-up which of them will win."

  • touch base
    • If you touch base with someone, you make contact or renew communication with them.
      "I'll try to touch base with you next week in London."

  • (at the) touch of a button
    • If you can do something at the touch of a button, you can do it very easily, often thanks to technology.
      "From now on the nursing staff can be alerted at the touch of a button."

  • touch wood / knock on wood
    • This humorous expression, based on superstition, is used to avoid bad luck, often while touching something made of wood.
      "The order will be confirmed shortly - touch wood!"

  • (not) touch with a ten-foot pole
    • If you decide not to touch something with a ten-foot pole, you prefer to stay far away from it.
      "I wouldn't touch politics with a ten-foot pole!"

  • touch and go
    • If something is touch-and-go, the outcome or result is uncertain.
      "Dave's life is out of danger now, but it was touch-and-go after the operation."

  • (as) tough as old boots
    • If something, especially meat, is (as) tough as old boots, it is hard to cut and difficult to chew.
      (This can also refer to a person who is strong either physically or in character.)
      "I was served a steak as tough as old boots."

  • tough cookie
    • A person who is a tough cookie is someone with a strong and determined character who is not easily intimidated, discouraged or defeated.
      "I'm not worried about Jason's future - he's a tough cookie!"

  • tower of strength
    • The term tower of strength is used to describe a person who is very helpful and supportive during difficult times.
      "All during my illness, my sister was a tower of strength."

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