you can lead a horse to water but you can t make h Idiom, Proverb
a babe in the woods"a defenseless person; a naive, young person" He's just a babe in the woods. He needs someone to protect him.
a bad taste in my moutha feeling that something is false or unfair, a feeling of ill will I left the meeting with a bad taste in my mouth. There was a lot of dishonesty in the room.
A bad workman blames his tools.
Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.
a barrel of laughsa lot of fun, a person who makes you laugh Let's invite Chang to our party. He's a barrel of laughs.
a bee in her bonnetupset, a bit angry, on edge Aunt Betsy was kind of cranky, like she had a bee in her bonnet.
a big shotan important person, a boss, a big wheel On payday he spends money like a big shot, buying drinks for all.
a big wheela person with power, a big shot Bing has been acting like a big wheel since he got promoted.
A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
It's better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by searching for something better.
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bushhaving one is better than seeing many When searching for a better job, remember A bird in the hand... .
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush|bird|b
Something we have, or can easily get, is more valuable than something we want that we may not be able to get; we shouldn't risk losing something sure by trying to get something that is not sure.
A proverb. Johnny has a job as a paperboy, but he wants a job in a gas station. His father says that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A bit much
If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much.
a bitcha complaining woman, a woman who nags What a bitch! She complains to us and criticizes her kids.
a breath of fresh aira nice change, a new presence Having Lan around the house is a breath of fresh air - she's so nice.
a breath of winda breeze, a light wind In the evening, the lake was calm. There wasn't a breath of wind.
a brick short(See one brick short of a full load)
A broken friendship may be soldered but will never
Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be as strong as before.
a bull in a China shop"a big, reckless person in a room full of fragile things; cramp your style" Imagine a 300-pound football player at a tea party, and you have a bull in a China shop.
a bun in the ovenpregnant, expecting a baby Mabel has a bun in the oven. The baby's due in April.
a bunch of malarkeyan untrue story, a lot of bunk, bull """Do you believe what the psychic said about your future?"" ""No. It's a bunch of malarkey."""
A burden of one's own choice is not felt.
Something difficult seems easier when it is done voluntarily.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A bad experience will make people stay away from certain things.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
A mistake can be a great teacher.
a button shortintellectually deficient
A cat has nine lives.
1) Cats can survive many accidents because they land on their feet without injury. 2) Three lives = 3 years to play, 3 years to stray, 3 years to stay.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link
This means that processes, organisations, etc, are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
The strength of a group depends on each individual member.
a change for the better|a change for the worse
a change that results in either a better or a worse situation
a change is as good as a rest
it's often as refreshing to make a change than it is to have a break
a change of heart
when you change your mind on something: "I've had a change of heart. I think I'll stay in my present job, after all."
someone who talks a lot, but not saying anything important: "She's a bit of a chatterbox at work."
a cheap drunka person who gets drunk on one or two drinks Jo admits she's a cheap drunk. Her limit is two drinks.
a checkupa doctor's examination, a medical examination If you aren't feeling well, go to the doctor for a checkup.
a chicken in every potenough food for every family No one will be hungry if there's a chicken in every pot.
a chin waga conversation, a visit The grandmothers were talking happily - having a chin wag.
a chip off the old blocka boy who is like his dad, the apple doesn't... Eric is a chip off the old block. He's just like his dad.
A Chip On Your Shoulder
Being upset for something that happened in the past.
a chunk of changea large amount of money, a few grand, big bucks I bet that condo cost him a chunk o' change - 300 grand at least.
a cinchsomething that's very easy to do.
a clean bill of healtha good report from the doctor, a good checkup You'll never get a clean bill of health if you eat fat meat!
a cliff-hangera game that is close until the end, a barnburner Every election in this town is a real cliff-hanger - a close race.
a close shavevery close to serious injury or death The old man described his fight with the bear as a close shave.
a clutch hitter (baseball)a batter who hits when runners are on base Joe's a clutch hitter. He's batting .431 with runners on base.
a cold day in Hellnever
a cold fish
Idiom(s): a cold fish
Theme: PEOPLE - NEGATIVE
a person who is distant and unfeeling. (Informal or slang.)
• Bob is so dull—a real cold fish.
• She hardly ever speaks to anyone. She's a cold fish.
a common threadan idea or theme that is similar to others There's a common thread in most of Berton's stories.
a couch-potatosomeone who never goes out or exercises: "He watches TV all day - what a couch-potato!"
a crash coursea short course that has the main facts and skills He took a crash course in cooking and bought a cafe.
a crush onsudden feeling of love or romance Judy has a crush on Tim. See the way she looks at him.
a crying shamea sad event, it is too bad It's a crying shame that they didn't have fire insurance.
A day late and a dollar short(USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.