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HOME > AMERICAN IDIOMS > Idioms starting with L

Common American Idioms for ESL students







AMERICAN IDIOMS STARTING WITH L


(A) lady-killer:
A handsome man; a man who charms women. ex. "He thinks of himself as quite the ladykiller. Unfortunately for him, women don't see him that way."

Last but not least:
Last in order but not last in importance. ex. "Last but not least, I'd like to thank my parents."

Last ditch (adj.):
Final (*has a slight connotation of "desperate"*). ex. "They made a last-ditch effort to win the game, but came up short."

(To) lay a finger on someone:
To touch someone even very slightly. ex. "If you so much as lay a finger on him, you will be in trouble."

(To) lay low:
SEE "KEEP A LOW PROFILE"

(To) leave a bad taste in someone's mouth:
To leave a negative impression on someone. ex. "The experience left a bad taste in my mouth."

(To) leave someone high and dry:
*somewhat antiquated* To leave someone helpless.

(To) leave someone alone:
To stop bothering someone. ex. "Leave me alone! I don't want to talk to anyone."

(To) let off steam:
To release energy or anger. ex. "P1: Victor went drinking, and got into a fight. P2: That's OK, he's just letting off a little steam."

(To) let someone off the hook:
To release someone from responsibility. ex. "Natalie said she didn't want to wash the dishes, but her mom didn't let her off the hook."

(To) let something slide:
To neglect something. To ignore something. ex. "I'm going to let it slide this time, but next time be more careful!"

(A) lift:
A ride. ex. "She gave me a lift to the airport."

Little by little:
Slowly, gradually. ex. "Little by little she started to like living in New York City."

(A) little off:
Not quite even, normal. ex. "There was something a little off about the way she was behaving."

(To) lock horns:
To argue; to have a dispute; to disagree. ex. "Peter and his counterpart in France locked horns about how to implement the new regulations."

(To) look the other way:
To ignore something on purpose. ex. "In some countries, customs officials can be paid to look the other way."

(A) long shot:
Something that has a slim (small) chance of happening. ex. "They might win, but it's a long-shot."

(To) lose (someone):
This is often used when someone is chasing someone OR being chased by someone. If you're being chased by someone and you manage to get away you can say - "I lost him!" - The person chasing you can say the same thing - "I lost him".

(To) lose one's temper:
To become angry. ex. "He has a short fuse, and loses his temper quite often."

(To) lose (one's) touch:
To not be as effective as before; to stop doing something very well. ex. "He used to be able to score goals every game, but recently he seems to have lost his touch."

(To) lose touch (with someone):
To no longer communicate (with someone), not because of a fight/argument, but rather because of circumstances. ex. "We used to be best friends, but we lost touch after she moved to Houston."

(To) lose one's train of thought:
To forget what one was thinking/ talking about. ex. "What was I saying? I lost my train of thought."

Lost in thought:
Busy thinking.

(To) lower one's voice:
To talk more softly. ex. "Lower your voice, my parents are asleep."

(A) lucky break:
Good luck, good fortune. ex. "I was supposed to speak at the meeting today, but I found out it was cancelled. What a lucky break!"


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