AMERICAN IDIOMS (Y)
Idioms starting with Y
Here is our list of popular "Y" idioms that are used in American English:
: Somewhat rude version of "to talk." ex: "He was yackin' away, and I wasn't even listening."
: Something one says to show that one is bored. ex: "Oh, great, another romantic comedy. Yawn."
: Conversational form of "yes".
Operating all year. ex. "This facility is open year-round."
A person who tries to be liked by agreeing with everything said, especially by a boss.
: 1) Of course. ex: "P1: Hey you wanna come to the beach with us? P2: You bet!"
; 2) No problem. ex: "P1: Thanks for all your help! P2: You bet!"
You can say that again:
That is true (stress on "that"). ex. "P1: It sure is hot today! P2: You can say that again!"
You can't teach an old dog new tricks:
A proverb with two meanings: 1) old(er) people can't learn anything new and 2) old habits are hard to break.
You don't say:
Used to show surprise at something that is being said. ex. "You don't say! He was really struck by lightning?"
Your guess is as good as mine:
I don't know any better/ more than you know. ex. "P1: How old is Robert? P2: Your guess is as good as mine. I have no idea."
You're telling me!
: Phrase meaning "I know exactly what you mean"; Similar to "Don't I know it!"; ex: "P1: My son's in Iraq. I miss him so much! P2: You're telling me! I've got two sons over there!"
: Abbreviated for of "young urban professional"; said of young, very career-oriented, financially successful people.