Air one’s dirty laundry in public
Meaning: to talk about your personal problems and quarrels or argue in front of others
Example: Stop fighting you two, no one wants to hear you airing your dirty laundry in public.
All talk and no trousers
Meaning: someone who talks about doing big things but doesn’t do anything
Example: I told you Eric is all talk and no trousers. He was bragging that he’ll ask Jenny put and he didn’t even say ‘hi’ to her.
At the drop of a hat
Meaning: to do something immediately
Example: Ann was always ready to help at the drop of a hat.
Below the belt
Meaning: beyond what is socially acceptable behavior
Example: Asking her about her mother’s sickness was below the belt.
Bursting at the seems
Meaning: to be very full during a meal, for a place to be overcrowded, or in relation to clothes that don’t fit
Example: Wow, this club is so packed it’s bursting at the seams.
Caught with one’s pants down
Meaning: to be exposed in an embarrassing situation or when you’re not prepared
Example: I was expecting the meeting to be next week and I was caught with my pants down when the boss asked me about my project.
Cut from the same cloth
Meaning: said about people who are similar
Example: When I talked to her for the first time I knew we were cut from the same cloth.
Dressed to the nines
Meaning: to wear your best clothes/outfit
Example: I’m dressed to the nines whenever I go on a date, it makes me feel more confident.
Fit like a glove
Meaning: about something that is the right size
Example: I though the wedding dress I chose would need some adjustments, but it fits me like a glove.
Hand in glove with someone
Meaning: to have an extremely close relationship with someone
Example: John is my closest coworker we do everything hand in glove.
Have a card up one’s sleeve
Meaning: to have a planned strategy to use when the right time comes
Example: During negotiation I like to have a card up my sleeve.
Have ants in one’s pants
Meaning: to be nervous or excited about something
Example: Kylie’s got ants in her pants, she can’t wait for the trip.
Have deep pockets
Meaning: to be wealthy
Example: The mayor has deep pockets, he can afford a car like that.
Off the cuff
Meaning: without any preparation
Example: You shouldn’t make public remarks off the cuff.
Pull up one’s socks
Meaning: to try harder at something
Example: You have been slacking off, it’s time to pull your socks up and pass all the exams.
Put a sock in it
Meaning: to stop talking
Example: Put a sock in it, we can’t hear what they’re saying in the movie.
Put one’s thinking cap on
Meaning: to think hard about something
Example: I don’t have an idea for a gift for Janice, I need to put my thinking cap on and come up with something good.
Roll up one’s sleeve
Meaning: prepare to work hard
Example: This semester is going to be hard, we need to roll up our sleeves and get through it.
Wear the trousers
Meaning: to be in charge
Example: Gina wears the trousers in their relationship.