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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


(Idioms page 3  :  throw one's hat in the ring→  give the shirt off one's back)

throw / toss one's hat in the ring If you throw or toss your hat in the ring, you announce that you are going to enter a competition or take up a challenge.
He finally threw his hat in the ring and announced that he was going to stand for election.
wear many hats Someone who wears many hats has to do many different types of tasks or play a variety of roles.
Our company is small so the employees need to be flexible and accept to wear many hats.
get knickers in twist If you get your knickers in a twist, you are anxious, nervous, or angry faced with a difficult situation.
Don't get  your knickers in a twist!  Everything is under control.
off the peg Clothes that are bought off the peg are purchased in a standard size in a shop and are not made specially for you.
He can't afford to have his suits made to measure so he buys them off the peg.
ants in one's pants People who have ants in their pants are very restless or excited about something.
I wish he'd relax. He's got ants in his pants about something today.
caught with pants down If you are caught with your pants down, you are caught doing something bad or forbidden.
Our neighbours were caught fiddling with the electricity meter - caught with their pants down!
pocket of resistance A small group of people you resist change or disagree with a proposal form a pocket of resistance.
The new boss wants to introduce job-sharing, but there's a pocket of resistance in the sales department.
have someone in your pocket If you have influence or power over someone, you have them in your pocket.
He was declared 'not guilty', but everyone knew that he had the jury in his pocket.
out of your own pocket If you pay for something out of your own pocket, you cover the cost with your own money.
Breakfast is included but you must pay for lunch out of your own pocket.
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.
deep pockets A person or organisation who has a lot of money has deep pockets.
Andy's business is not doing well at the moment.  He says he needs a friend with deep pockets!
give the shirt off one's back This expression is used to describe a kind-hearted or generous person who would give you anything he/she owns to help you.
Mike would give the shirt off his back to help a friend in difficulty.
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