English Idioms: From Meet Halfway, Make off with to Overhead and Ears

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Meet Halfway

  • If you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their ideas and make concessions.

  • If you want to settle the issues you have to meet me halfway

Make off With

  • Depart in haste, run away the cat took one look at Richard and made off. [c. 1700]

  • Take something away; also, steal something I can’t write it down; Tom made off with my pen. The burglars made off with the stereo and computer as well as jewellery. [Early 1800s]

Make for (Intr, Preposition)

  • To head towards, esp in haste

  • To prepare to attack

  • To help to bring about

  • Your cooperation will make for the success of our project this class will make for the Auditorium now.

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Not a Leg to Stand On

  • With no chance of success, He tried to get the town to change the street lights, but because there was no money in the budget, he found himself without a leg to stand on.

  • A related idiom is not having a leg to stand on once the detective exposed his false alibi; he didn’t have a leg to stand on. This metaphoric idiom transfers lack of physical support to arguments or theories. [Late 1500s]

No Matters

Something which is not important

Null and Void

  • Cancelled, invalid the lease is now null and void.

  • This phrase is actually redundant, since null means “void,” that is, “ineffective.” It was first recorded in 1669.

Out of Sight Out of Mind

It is used to suggest that someone will not think or worry about something if it isn’t directly visible or available to them

Out of the Woods

  • Past a critical phase; out of the unknown.

  • When the patient got out of the woods, everyone relaxed.

  • I can give you a better prediction for your future health when you are out of the woods.

Off the Wall

Something that is off the wall is unconventional.

Out to Lunch

If someone’s out to lunch, they are crazy or out of touch.

On Right Earnest

Overhead and Ears

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