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Idioms: small talk -- smells



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Idioms: small talk -- smells

 

Idiom

small talk



smarten up

smarts



Meaning

talk about unimportant topics the weather etc.

a person who tries to be witty,

cocky, lippy

be smarter, do not be stupid

intelligence, mental ability



smashed



drunk, hammered, wasted



smashing



very beautiful, very attractive



smell blood



sense victory, be aware of an

opponent's weakness

(See I smell where you're

stepping)

acting grown-up, having signs

of physical maturity, cocky

(See something smells)



smartass [B]



smell where you're

stepping

smelling yourself

smells



Example

Winnie is good at making small talk with

strangers.

"What do you want to drink?" "Do you have

breast milk?" "Don't be a smartass!"

People who drink and drive should smarten up.

Jen gets good grades. She has the smarts to

win a scholarship.

She gets smashed on gin and dances around

the living room.

Nicole looks absolutely smashing in that red

dress.

Michael is a fierce competitor. When he smells

blood, he wins.



I know you're smelling yourself, but this is a

conversation for adults.



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Idioms: smidge/smidgeon -- snap



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Idioms: smidge/smidgeon -- snap

 

Idiom

smidge/smidgeon

smithwright it

smoke and mirrors

smoke like a furnace

smoking gun

smooth out

smooth sailing

smooth talker

snag

snap



Meaning

Example

(See just a smidgeon)

throw it in the garbage, chuck it, If the drawing isn't perfect, we smithwright it eighty-six it, junk it

we throw it out.

false impressions, deceit,

His speech about new projects is just smoke

trickery, bafflegab

and mirrors. The company is bankrupt.

smoke a lot of cigarettes, chain He died of lung cancer. He used to smoke like a

furnace.

smoke

weapon used, evidence, caught The company told me to dismiss the employee,

so I was holding the smoking gun.

red-handed

solve a problem or argument

The counselor smoothed out our problem.

We're friends again.

easy job, an operation that has After we paid the bank for our loan, it was

no problems

smooth sailing.

one who says nice words,

Janet is such a smooth talker! She should be in

butter wouldn't melt...

politics.

problem, difficulty, glitch

If you plan a project carefully, there will be fewer

snags.

(See it's a snap)



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Idioms: snap a picture -- snow them



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Idioms: snap a picture -- snow them

 

Idiom

snap a picture

snap at

snapped

snatch victory from the

jaws of defeat

snazzy



Meaning

(See take a picture)

speak in a harsh tone, answer

sharply

drunk, loaded, looped

win when it appears that you

will lose, mount a comeback

stylish, neat, way cool



Example



snitch

snootful

snotty-nosed kid



tattle, squeal, tell on

(See a snootful)

a child, a boy with a dirty face



snow job

snow them



(See a snow job)

fool them, tell them a false story You can't snow them. They know if you're telling

a lie.



If I talk to you while you're watching TV, you

snap at me.

Whenever he gets snapped, he wants to fight.

The opinion polls showed we were losing, but

we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

That's a snazzy suit, George. It looks great on

you.

That little devil! He snitched! He told Dad!

I was just a snotty-nosed kid when I got my first

job.



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Idioms: snowball -- so small you could barely swing a cat



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Idioms: snowball -- so small you could barely swing a cat

 

Idiom

snowball



Meaning

Example

grow, become bigger, spread to Among students, discontent can snowball. It can

other people

spread rapidly.

snowbirds

Canadians who go south for the It's November, and the snowbirds are leaving

winter

Alberta for Arizona.

snug as a bug in a rug

warm and comfortable, cocoon In this nice apartment, you'll be snug as a bug in

a rug.

so and so

a person you dislike, a name

Who invited that so and so to the party? I don't

you forget

like him!

so far, so good

doing fine this far, good this far After I had read one page, she said, "So far, so

good."

so help me

I will need help to stop, I will

If that dog barks tonight, so help me, I'm going

need help if I do it

to get the shotgun!

so long

goodbye, see you later

So long, my friends. I have to leave you now.

so much as

this much will anger me, very

If that cat so much as touches the baby, I'll tie

little will anger me

up its tail!

so quiet you can hear a

very quiet, very still

The teacher said, "Class, try to be so quiet you

pin drop

can hear a pin drop."

so small you could barely very small room, narrow room, The bedroom was so small you could barely

swing a cat

pokey

swing a cat in it.



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Idioms: so small you had to back out to change your mind -- soft market



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Idioms: so small you had to back out to change your mind

-- soft market

 

Idiom

so small you had to back

out to change your mind

so-so

so to speak



so what

soap box

sob story

sober up

sock it to me

soft in the head

soft market



Meaning

very small, tiny, as small as a

phone booth

neither good nor bad, fair, fair

to middling

using expressions or

metaphors when speaking, to

use the vernacular

what is the difference, what

does it matter, who cares

(See get off your soap box)

a sad story, a story about love

lost or misfortune, cry the blues

become sober, wait until you

are not drunk

tell me, give it to me, hit me,

shoot

foolish, crazy

a period when sales are few

and prices are low, buyer's

market



Example

I've seen small apartments, but this one was so

small you had back out to change your mind.

"How's the wife, Byron?" "Just so-so, not much

better. The doctor says she needs rest."

Ron was up the creek, so to speak. He'd

promised to marry Suzy, but he was already

married to Joan.

So we lost the game. So what! It doesn't matter.



Have you heard Keiko's sob story? She lost her

boyfriend and her cat on the same day.

Give him a few hours to sober up. He'll be okay

after he has a rest.

"It's bad news," he said. "Sock it to me," I said.

If you quit your job at Gulf Oil, you're soft in the

head.

The real estate market is soft now. Don't try to

sell your house.



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Idioms: soft pedal -- soldier on



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Idioms: soft pedal -- soldier on

 

Idiom

soft pedal

soft sell



soft spot

soft-top

soften up

soften your stance

software

software piracy

sold on

soldier on



Meaning

say it is not important,

downplay

not pressuring the customer,

showing the product and letting

the customer decide, hard sell

(See have a soft spot for)

(See ragtop)

cause a person to be more cooperative

cause you to change your

opinion or position

computer programs,

courseware

copying computer programs,

bootleg

believe in, convinced of



Example

The government is trying to soft pedal their

failures.

I like the soft-sell guys - the ones who let you

take a car for a drive and see if you like it.



Ken is stubborn about his right to smoke. I can't

soften him up.

If his friends go against him, he may soften his

stance.

This accounting software is very easy to use.



Software piracy is a crime and we could "do

time".

I'm sold on this new herbal drink. It gives me

energy.

continue working; serving well; When the others quit searching, the family

carry on

soldiered on, hoping to find their lost girl.



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