AMERICAN IDIOMS (T)
Idioms starting with T
Tag along (v.):
Here is our list of popular "T" idioms that are used in American English:
To go with/ accompany someone. Example: "I'm going to the mall. You wanna tag along?"
Take a joke:
To have a sense of humor; Not to get offended at a joke directed towards you. Example: "Geez! I was only kidding. Can't you take a joke?"
Take a load off (v.):
To relax. Example: "Come on in, sit down, take a load off."
(To) take it:
To endure trouble, criticism, or abuse. Example: "Say whatever you want about me. I can take it."
Take it easy!
Relax! (Also used in "to take it easy" = to relax, to spend a day relaxing, etc.)
Take it or leave it:
To accept it the way it is or to forget it. Example: "That's my final offer. Take it or leave it."
(To) take its toll:
To cause damage (or loss). Example: "The long hours he puts in at work have begun to take their toll on his health."
Take off (v.):
To leave, to get going, to be on one's way. Example: "We have to take off. See you soon!"
(To) take something/ someone for granted:
To accept something/ someone (without gratitude) as a matter of course. Example: "We tend to take a lot of things for granted."
(To) take something lying down:
To endure something unpleasant without fighting back. Example: "I'm not going to take this type of treatment lying down!"
(To) take something with a grain of salt:
Not to take something that someone says too seriously. Example: "If I were you, I'd take everything that she tells you with a grain of salt."
(To) take someone under one's wing:
To protect (and teach) someone. Example: "Arthur took the new employee under his wing and taught him everything he knew."
(To) take the rap (for something):
To accept responsibility, admit that one is guilty of something. Example: "I thought that Bill was responsible for the mix-up, but his friend Tom took the rap."
That does it!:
This phrase is used when one has had enough of something/someone, and decides to do something about it. Example: "That does it! I'm calling the police!"
That hit the spot:
(When talking about food/drinks) That was really good; That's just what I needed.
Not easily offended; The opposite of "touchy". "He's thick skinned. He can take it."
(To) think straight:
To think clearly. Example: "I was so tired that I couldn't think straight."
Throw the book at someone:
To impose the highest/most severe penalty on someone for a crime committed. Example: "After John got caught stealing again, the judge threw the book at him."
(To) throw someone for a loop:
To confuse or shock someone. Example: "His last comment really threw me for a loop. I had no idea what he meant!"
(To) tie the knot:
To get married. Example: "They tied the knot in Puerto Vallarta."
Close. "That's one tight game!"
(To) tighten one's belt
To spend less money. Example: "After Becky lost her job, we really had to tighten our belts for a while."
To save his/her life:
At all/ completely. Example: "She can't sing to save her life."
Told you so!:
Basically when someone says "told you so!", it's like saying "See, I was right!".
Tongue in cheek:
Joking. Example: "Quentin made a tongue-in-cheek remark to his dad."
(To) touch on (something):
To mention/talk about. Example: "During the meeting, we touched on the plans to rebuild the school."
To destroy. "The band trashed the hotel room."
(To be) tripping on (something):
to be high on something (usually drugs).
True to one's word:
Keeping one's promise. Example: "I wasn't sure he would pay me, but he turned out to be true to his word."
(To) try your luck
To attempt something; to try to see if you can do/win something. Example: "I'm going to try my luck at the slot machines."
(To) try someone's patience
To do something annoying that may cause someone to lose patience. Example: "It's not a good idea to try the boss' patience."
(To) turn a blind eye to something:
To ignore something and pretend you did not see it. Example: "The usher turned a blind eye to the boy who snuck into the theater."
Something that makes you lose your interest. Example: "The fact that she smoked so much was a real turn-off."
(To) turn one's back on (something/someone):
To forget or ignore (something/someone) Example: "You should never turn your back on your friends."
(To) two-time someone:
To be in a relationship and to have another boyfriend/girlfriend without telling your first boyfriend/girlfriend. Example: "I dumped him when
I found out he was two-timing me with Mary."
24/7 (Twenty four seven):
Non-stop, around the clock. Example: "That place is open 24/7. It never closes."