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ALL AMERICAN IDIOMS AND THEIR MEANINGS: BY: The Sky’s the Limit :

ALL AMERICAN IDIOMS AND THEIR MEANINGS: BY: The Sky’s the Limit An IDIOM is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words . It is connotative in meaning.  

24/7 :

24/7 1. “24/7”    is the general term which many Americans use to mean all the time or always available.  “24/7” stands for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Examples: 24/7 in sentences:

Examples: 24/7 in sentences Example 1: Many churches organize  24/7  prayers and prayer meetings in the city, to practice perpetual prayer. 

Example #2 A simple conversation between two former classmates who met again after a long time::

Example #2 A simple conversation between two former classmates who met again after a long time: Student 1: Hey, I haven’t seen you in ages! When we left school, we all moved to different parts of the world to work on our careers. Have you been in touch with any of our old classmates these days? ( in ages means for a long time) Student 2: Yes, I can actually be in touch with all our classmates  24/7 . I use Facebook all the time! With the help of my mobile phone, I can even update you about Kristin right now! (With social networking sites, student 2 can have access to past classmates   24/7 .) 

2. A Drag- If somebody refers to something as a drag, it means it isn’t interesting enough. It can be another phrase used in place of something that is boring, or tiring. :

2. A Drag- If somebody refers to something as  a drag , it means it isn’t interesting enough. It can be another phrase used in place of something that is boring, or tiring. 

Examples: A drag in sentences:

Examples: A drag in sentences Example #1: I can’t believe I even signed up for this lecture. It’s such  a drag!  Example #2: Can you change the channel? That show is a drag! 

3. A Great Catch- This phrase refers to something as a great choice. It is most often used to denote somebody who makes for an excellent girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife.  :

3. A Great Catch- This phrase refers to something as a great choice. It is most often used to denote somebody who makes for an excellent girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife.  

Sample Sentences using A Great Catch:

Sample Sentences using A Great Catch Example #1: I don’t understand why you should be mad because you broke up with that guy.  If you ask me, he's not  a great catch anyway. Example #2: Your bride looks dashing Peter. I hear she’s a great cook too. What  a great catch!

4. About time- When a person says that it is “about time” for something, he means that too much time has passed.  :

4. About time- When a person says that it is “about time” for something, he means that too much time has passed. 

Examples: About time:

Examples: About time Example #1:   He felt that it was  about time  for her to leave – the conversation was getting boring. Example #2:  It has to be  about time  to get the oil changed on our car, right?

5. Absent-minded a person has a habit or tendency to forget something important or even not so important things. The idiom Absent-minded is often used to describe academic people like professors, and sometimes elderly people. :

5. Absent-minded a person has a habit or tendency to forget something important or even not so important things. The idiom Absent-minded is often used to describe academic people like professors, and sometimes elderly people.

Absent-minded :

Absent-minded Example :   I always get   absent minded   when I am thinking about a new musical composition, I forget what I was doing or thinking.

6. Across the Board-  simply means all inclusive, leaving out nothing and nobody. it includes all with no exceptions. :

6. Across the Board-   simply means  all inclusive , leaving out nothing and nobody. it includes all with no exceptions.

Across the board:

Across the board Example #1 :   Since no one has admitted to the vandalism, all students will be suspended without exception – across the board. Example #2 : The salary of teachers next school will absolutely increase across the board.

7. Add Up- an explanation or series of actions or behaviors that are reasonable, logical, and understandable. If something does not add up, then there is suspicion that someone is being dishonest, or at least that all of the facts are not yet known. :

7. Add Up- an explanation or series of actions or behaviors that are reasonable, logical, and understandable. If something does not  add up, then there is suspicion that someone is being dishonest, or at least that all of the facts are not yet known.

Add up:

Add up Example #1:  I understand what you are telling me about how you made your decisions, and it all  adds up.

8.Ahead of time means to be early, to be finished or to have arrived before a required point in time, and to have anticipated something in advance.:

8.Ahead of time means to be early, to be finished or to have arrived before a required point in time, and to have anticipated something in advance .

Ahead of time in a sentence:

Ahead of time in a sentence Example #1:   I arrived at the movie 10 minutes  ahead of time, so I was able to get a good seat in the theater.

9. Air One’s Dirty Laundry someone talks about your private life in public. This idiom can refer to secret information or merely private, but it is generally embarrassing and hurtful for the person being discussed :

9. Air One’s Dirty Laundry someone talks about your private life in public. This idiom can refer to secret information or merely private, but it is generally embarrassing and hurtful for the person being discussed

9. Air One’s Dirty Laundry:

9. Air One’s Dirty Laundry Example 1:   It's not a good idea to air your  dirty laundry in public – you never know who might be listening.

10. Airhead is used to refer to someone who is dumb. In other words, a person whose head is filled with air instead of brains may find it hard to understand even the simplest things.:

10. Airhead is used to refer to someone who is dumb. In other words, a person whose head is filled with air instead of brains may find it hard to understand even the simplest things.

Airhead in a Sentence:

Airhead in a Sentence Example #1. Steve is such an  air head! He doesn’t even know that Alaska is actually a part of the United States!

Airhead used in a conversation:

Airhead used in a conversation Teacher: How many continents do we have? Student: Ma’am, we have 150 countries in the United States of America. Teacher : Are you confused again? You are such an airhead! You don’t even know the difference between countries and continents, and you’ve been studying this for a month! Note: (The student couldn’t understand the lesson even though it was very simple, so the teacher thought she must have air instead of brains in her head. Well actually, a teacher would never call a student an airhead – at least not in public. Maybe when the teacher talks to her friends she might say – “I have a student that is a real  airhead!

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