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January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

The lion’s share of something is almost all of it; more than one’s fair share. Example of use: There was enough food for everyone but he ate the lion’s share, and the rest of us had what was left.   Image by wwarby

January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

If something is the tip of the iceberg it is only a small, easily visible, part of a problem – there is much more to the problem than is immediately obvious. Most of an iceberg is under the water, and only a small part of it can be seen above the water. Examples of use: […]

January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To be in clover means to have an easy, prosperous and happy life, without any worries. Clover is a favourite food of cattle and this idiom comes from cattle happily feeding in a field of clover. Examples of use: 1. If we won the lottery we would be in clover for the rest of our […]

January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

A show of hands is an informal vote where people vote for their choice by raising a hand. Examples of use: 1. Let’s have a show of hands and see who agrees with the plans for a new road through the village. 2. The factory workers had a show of hands and voted to go […]

January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To eat up is to eat all of some food or all of a meal you have been given. Examples of use: 1. The baby ate up all of his pasta today. 2. Eat up your cabbage. It’s good for you. When something eats up something else; for example, time or money, it uses it […]

January 31, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To flood out somebody (or flood somebody out) is to force them to leave their business or home because of floods. Example of use: 1. There was a torrential downpour last night and we were flooded out. The house is a mess and we’re staying in a hotel for a few days. 2. Every time […]

January 30, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To pack out somewhere (or pack somewhere out) is to fill a place with people. British English. If a place is packed out (adjective) it is full of people. Examples of use: 1. Stevie Wonder always packs out stadiums when he puts on concerts. 2. The football stadium was packed out. infinitive – pack out […]