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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


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(Idioms, page 2 :  feather in one's cap →  take one's hat off)

feather in one's cap To describe someone's achievement as a feather in their cap means that it is something they can be proud of.
The overwhelming victory of the team was a feather in the cap for the new manager.
pop one's clogs This is a euphemistic way of saying that a person is dead.
Nobody lives in that house since old Roger popped his clogs.
hot under collar If you get hot under the collar, you feel annoyed, indignant or embarrassed.
If anyone criticizes his proposals, Joe immediately gets hot under the collar.
of the cuff If you speak off the cuff, you say something without any previous thought or preparation.
He handles off-the-cuff interviews very well.
fit like a glove If something fits like a glove, it fits you perfectly.
I was lucky! The first skirt I tried on fitted me like a glove!
hand in glove Two or more people who are in collusion, or work in close association, are said to be hand in glove.
After the match, it was discovered that he was hand in glove with the referee.
iron fist/hand in a velvet glove This expression is used to describe someone who, behind an appearance of gentleness, is inflexible and determined.
To impose the necessary reforms, the leader used persuasion followed by force - an iron fist in a velvet glove.
handle with kid gloves If you handle someone with kid gloves, or treat them very carefully or tactfully, either because they are very important or because they are easily upset.
He's so determined to obtain her agreement that he is handling her with kid gloves.
the gloves are off This expression is used when there are signs that a fight is about to start.
The two candidates are out of their seats.  The gloves are off!
at the drop of a hat If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately and without hesitation.
I've got great friends. They're ready to help out at the drop of a hat.
keep under one's hat To keep something under one's hat means to keep a secret.
My boss has promised me a promotion, but it's not official yet, so keep it under your hat.
take one's hat off to You say this to express admiration for something someone has done.
I take my hat off to the chef.  The meal was wonderful.
 
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