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Idioms: beyond the pale -- big picture



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Idioms: beyond the pale -- big picture

 

Idiom

beyond the pale

biff/biffy

Big Apple

big boys

big break

big bucks

big cheese

big deal

big hairy deal

big picture



Meaning

beyond the limit, over the

boundary

washroom, bathroom, the can,

the john, the loo

(See The Big Apple)

powerful men in business,

moguls, big shots

big chance, a lucky break



Example

His comment went beyond the pale of respect. It

was vulgar.

"Is there a biffy on the bus?" "Yes. There, at the

back."



If you want to do business with the big boys,

you need money.

She got her big break when a talent scout heard

her sing.

a lot of money, a high price

You'll pay big bucks to rent an apartment near

the university.

the boss, chief cook and bottle If you've got a complaint, see the big cheese.

He's our manager.

washer, head honcho

important event, major

A small fire is a big deal because it can cause a

happening

lot of damage.

not an important matter, do not "The teacher's coming!" "So big hairy deal!"

make it an issue, big deal

(See the big picture)



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Idioms: big rig -- bigger they are...



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Idioms: big rig -- bigger they are...

 

Idiom

big rig

big shot

big-sky thinking



Meaning

(See a big rig)

rich or important person, VIP,

big boys

thinking that includes

everything, from horizon to

horizon; think outside the box



Example

Randy's a big shot in the movie industry.

He owns four studios.

Yes, we need to make common-sense

decisions, but first let's do some big-sky

thinking.



coined by Jeffery Phillips



big time



a lot, very much, heavy duty



big wheel

big wigs



(See a big wheel)

important persons: judges,

presidents etc., VIP

a large ape-man living in the

forests of western N. America;

Sasquatch

more important people to meet

or do business with

heroic: stronger, wiser, uglier;

larger than life

(See the bigger they are...)



Bigfoot



bigger fish to fry

bigger than life

bigger they are...



You've helped me so much. I owe you big

time.

We've asked the big wigs to change their

decision.

Gary told me he saw Bigfoot's tracks in the

sand along the Kootenay River.

Don't bother fighting with him. You've got

bigger fish to fry.

The characters in most novels seem to be

bigger than life.



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Idioms: bigmouth -- bit off



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Idioms: bigmouth -- bit off

 

Idiom

bigmouth

bilk

bimbo

binner



birdbrain

birder

birds of a feather flock

together

birthday suit

bit by bit

bit off



Meaning

someone who talks too loud,

loud mouth

cheat, defraud, ripped off, taken



Example

Every crowd has a bigmouth - some guy who

yells at the cops.

He bilked me. I gave him $100 for the tickets

and he kept the change!



(See a bimbo)

a person who scavenges in

Some binners work in pairs. One guy climbs into

garbage bins, Dumpster diving the bin and hands the stuff to his partner waiting

outside.

a person with a tiny brain,

Hey, birdbrain. Why are you throwing money in

dumbo

the river?

a bird watcher, one whose

Some birders were looking at an oriole in a

hobby is watching birds

poplar tree.

people with similar feelings and Art and Don are birds of a feather. They like

attitudes

cars and football.

naked, nude, in the buff

"Do you wear pajamas in bed?" "No. Just my

birthday suit."

doing a small amount each

Bit by bit, they rebuilt a church that was

time, little by little

destroyed by bombs.

(See a bit off)



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Idioms: bitch -- bits and pieces



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Idioms: bitch -- bits and pieces

 

Idiom

bitch

bitch [B]

bite me [B]



Meaning

complain, grouse



Example

He tells me I'm always bitching, but I don't

complain very much.



(See a bitch)

I have no respect for you, kiss

off, blow me

bite off more than you can begin more tasks than you can

chew

complete

bite the bullet

try harder, be tougher

bite the dust

bite the hand that feeds

you

bite your tongue

biter (curling)

bits and pieces



"Bite me! Take your list of whores and live with

them!"

When I took the night class, I bit off more than I

could chew.

Bite the bullet during exam week. Don't party;

just study.

die, quit, lose, kick the bucket Pete was 98 when he bit the dust. He lived for

nearly a century.

be unkind to the one who cares If you criticize your employer, you bite the hand

for you or pays you

that feeds you.

do not say that, you should not When I mention Dad's temper Mom says, "Bite

have said that

your tongue."

a rock that is touching the

The Heidt rink is lying four - one is a biter.

twelve-foot circle

small pieces, odds and ends

Jack built our cabin with bits and pieces leftover materials.



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Idioms: bitten by the same bug -- black out



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Idioms: bitten by the same bug -- black out

 

Idiom

bitten by the same bug

bitter end

bitter pill

blab

blabbermouth

black eye

Black Friday

black-listed

black mark

black out



Meaning

have the same interest or

hobby

(See the bitter end)

(See a bitter pill)

tell everybody, tell secrets

a person who tells everything,

loud mouth

an eye injury that causes the

skin to turn black

the day the stock market

crashed (failed) in 1929

excluded, not be invited, not

allowed to join

(See a black mark)

become unconscious, faint,

pass out



Example

My cousin and I were bitten by the same bug.

We collect coins.



I told you I like Kevin, and you blabbed it to

everybody.

Sharon - that blabbermouth! She told the whole

class I love Bill.

"How'd you get the black eye?" "Fighting - in a

hockey game."

In the 1980s, there were days to remind us of

Black Friday.

Gore was black-listed because he led the

demonstration.

If I bend over for a long time, I nearly black out

when I stand up.



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Idioms: black out -- blessing in disguise



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Idioms: black out -- blessing in disguise

 

Idiom

black out

black sheep

blackout

blank

blast

blast you

blasted

blasted

bleeding heart

blessing in disguise



Meaning

remove the nameplate and trim

from a vehicle

the bad one, the one who does

bad things

(See a blackout)

defeat by preventing any goals,

skunk

(See a blast)

scold you, yell at you



Example

James Dean drove a blacked-out Merc in Rebel

Without A Cause.

He's the black sheep in that family - always in

trouble.

In soccer, Italy blanked Ireland 2-nil.



Ms. Zank blasted me for using her computer.

She was angry.

dad-blamed, darn, doggone

Where's the blasted hammer? It's never here

when I need it!

drunk, loaded, plastered

On her 40th birthday, she went to the bar and

got blasted.

one who begs for sympathy for Hector is a bleeding heart for wolves. "Save the

victims, have a soft spot...

wolves," he tells people in his speeches.

(See a blessing in disguise)



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