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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


CLOTHES, page 3

Idioms
from:   'throw one's hat in the ring'   to:  '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 when 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!"

  • fly by the seat of your pants
    • If you fly by the seat of your pants, you do something without any knowledge or experience, using only your instinct and hoping that you will succeed.
      "Without any formal training, he decided to fly by the seat of his pants and try his luck in New York."

  • 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."

  • money burns a hole in your pocket
    • To say that money burns a hole in somebody's pocket means that they are eager to spend it quickly or extravagantly.
      "As soon as Wendy is paid she goes shopping. Money burns a hole in her pocket!"

  • 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."

  • 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! "

  • (be) a stuffed shirt
    • A person who is a stuffed shirt behaves in a very formal, pompous or old-fashioned way .
      "I had heard he was a stuffed shirt but he actually has a good sense of humour! "

  • 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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