AMERICAN IDIOMS (H)
Idioms starting with H
(I've/he's/you've, etc...) had it
Here is our list of popular "H" idioms that are used in American English:
: You have had enough of a situation, to have endured all that one can.ex: I've had it with their daily parties. I haven't been able to sleep well for weeks!
Foolish. ex. "He came up with a half-baked plan to win back his girlfriend."
Usually said of clothing that has been passed on from one person to another. ex. "A hand-me-down dress"
Easily; by far. ex. "She is hands down the most beautiful girl in class."
Hang in there!
: This basically means "don't give up!"
To wait (for a short time); to hold on. ex. "Hang on. Let me just finish this email and I'll be right with you."
(To) hang on someone's every word:
To listen very carefully to someone. ex. "Grandpa was telling a story and the kids were hanging on his every word."
: A problem; Something that is inconvenient, problematic for you. ex: "I had to go back to that office three times to get things done... What a hassle!"
: To bother; To nag. ex: "Stop hassling him about that!"
(To) hate someone's guts:
To hate someone very much.
Hate (someone/something) with a passion
: To hate (someone/something) very much.
(To) have a big mouth:
To be a gossiper. To be a person who can't keep a secret. ex. "Grandpa was telling a story and the kids were hanging on his every word."
(To) have a lot going for (someone):
To have a lot of good things in one's life; to have many things working to one's benefit. ex. "She has a lot going for her: she's smart, she's attractive, she has a good job, etc."
(To) have a sweet tooth:
To love to eat candy or other sweets.
(To) have an edge:
To have an advantage. ex. "When it comes to speed, he has an edge over the other players."
(To) have mixed feelings (about something):
To be unsure or uncertain about something. ex. "Some of the partners had mixed feelings about the merger."
(To) have one's hands full:
To be busy, occupied with some kind of activity, work, etc. ex. "I have my hands full with my three children."
(To) have one's heart set on something:
To really want (and/or expect) something to happen. ex. "Julie has her heart set on going to London this summer."
Have the hots for (someone)
: To be physically attracted to (someone); ex: "She's got the hots for her new co-worker."
: A redneck; a backwards, ignorant person with a very limited intelligence.
: Intoxicated on drugs. ex: "He looked and behaved like he was high."
A popular song or film. A success. ex. "Every song they put out becomes a hit."
(To) hit the spot:
To satisfy a need exactly. To be exactly right (often said about food or drinks). ex. "That was a delicious meal. It hit the spot."
(To) hit bottom:
To reach the lowest point. ex. "Two years after he started to abuse alcohol, he hit bottom."
(To) hit the road:
To leave, start on a trip, etc. ex. "It's already 9:00 AM. We have to hit the road!"
(To) hit a snag:
To run into a problem. ex. "The project hit a snag when testing failed to produce favorable results."
Hit on (someone) (v.)
: To try to seduce (someone); To put the moves on (someone). ex: "Bob was hitting on me last night."
Hit the sack (v.)
: To go to bed. ex: "I'm going to hit the sack. I'm really beat."
Wait. ex. "Hold on, I'll be with you in just a moment."
(To be) homesick
To miss one's home, country, city, etc. ex. "Francesca is really homesick. She really wants to go back to Italy."
: A hooded sweatshirt. ex: "My mom bought me a black hoodie at the GAP."
: see "Hype" below.
: Physically attractive.
: Very attractive man or woman. ex: "Lisa is such a hottie."
How on earth...? How in the world...?
When asking a question, "How on earth..." and "How in the world..." emphasize the fact that something incredible or very hard to believe happened. ex. "How on earth did you get that job? (it was very hard to get)"; "How on earth did you fix that car!? (it was impossible to fix)"
(To be) hung up on (v.)
: (to be) obsessed/ overly interested in something ex: "He's really hung up on his looks" (He's really obsessed with the way he looks)
: Extreme promotion and the commotion that follows; Hoopla. ex: "That CD doesn't live up to the hype." (That CD isn't as good as they're promoting it to be/ as good as everything says it is).
: Really excited. ex: "We're all hyped about the concert next weekend."
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