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HOME > AMERICAN IDIOMS > Idioms starting with J

Common American Idioms for ESL students







AMERICAN IDIOMS STARTING WITH J


Jam-packed:
Very crowded. ex. "The stadium was jam-packed on Saturday."

(To) jam on the brakes:
To hit/ step on the brakes suddenly to stop the car. *This phrases is a little antiquated. It's best to use "to hit the breaks" instead.*

Jack-of-all-trades:
A person who knows how to do a lot of different things.

(To) jump all over someone/ jump down someone's throat:
To criticize or blame someone. ex. "As soon as I told her I was going out with my friends, she jumped all over me."

(To) jump the gun:
To get something started too soon; to start too soon.ex. "We have to do a lot more work before we launch this product. We don't want to jump the gun."

(To) jump at:
To quickly accept. ex. "The journalist jumped at the chance to interview Ryan Gosling."

Just about:
Almost. ex. "I'm just about finished."

Just now:
Just a minute ago. ex. "He called me just now to tell me he was going to quit his job."

Just what the doctor ordered:
Exactly what is needed. ex. "This vacation is just what the doctor ordered."


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