a ball-park figure"a number that is near the total; approximate figure" Fifty is a ball-park figure. It's close to our class size.
a close callclose to danger or an accident That was a close call. The train nearly hit the bus!
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 falling outa disagreement, a break in friendship Guy and Jean had a falling out. They argued about religion.
a fly on the wallable to hear and see what a fly would see and hear I'd like to be a fly on the wall in the Judge's chambers.
a free-for-alla fight without rules, Donnybrook There was a free-for-all after the dance, and Brendan got hurt.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.
A lost ball in the high weeds
A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
a lot on the ballintelligent, smart Melvin may not look intelligent, but he's got a lot on the ball.
A rising tide lifts all boats
This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Describes something that will be helpful to all.
a snowball's chance
very little chance (as much chance as a snowball has in hell): "We don't have a snowball's chance of winning that contract!"
a snowball's chance in helllittle or no chance to succeed If I write the test now, I won't have a snowball's chance in hell.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Correcting a small mistake may help you to avoid making a bigger one.
A swallow does not make the summer.
One good event does not mean that everything is alright.
a tall onea large drink of liquor, a strong drink After he heard the bad news, he poured himself a tall one.
a three-bagger (baseball)a hit that allows the batter to run to third base Molitor hit a three-bagger in the sixth game of the World Series.
a tough calla difficult decision, a hard choice Was the goal scored before the game ended? It's a tough call.
someone who stands on his own at parties: "Who's the wallflower over there?"
above all1．especially； before everything else尤其
He loves music，and above all classical music．他喜欢音乐，尤其是古典音乐。
Never waste anything，but above all never waste time．任何东西都不可浪费，尤其不可浪费时间。
2．most important of all最重要的是
In choosing the curtains for a room， you should consider the weight，its pattern—but its colour above all．在挑选窗帘时，要考虑布料的质地、轻重、图案，但最重要的是颜色。
I should like to rent a house，modern，comfortable， above all in a quiet neighbourhood．我想租一幢现代化的舒适的房子，最重要的是环境要幽静。
above all|aboveadv. phr.
Of first or highest importance; most especially. Children need many things, but above all they need love. Synonym:
FIRST AND LAST.
above and beyond the call of dutymuch more than expected, go the extra mile Her extra work was above and beyond the call of duty.
accidentally on purposeaccidentally on purpose
see on purpose
, def. 2.
accidentally-on-purposeseemingly accidental but with veiled malice or harm
according to all accountsaccording to all accounts
see by all accounts
after allafter you consider all the facts, to be fair Will you help me with English? After all, I helped you with math.
after all is said and done
Idiom(s): after all is said and done
when everything is settled or concluded; finally. (Fixed order.)
• After all was said and done, it was a lovely party.
• After all is said and done, it will turn out just as I said.
after all's said and doneafter all's said and done
see when all's said and done.
after all|afteradv. phr. 1. As a change in plans; anyway. Used with emphasis on "after". Bob thought he couldn't go to the party because he had too much homework, but he went after all. 2. For a good reason that you should remember. Used with emphasis on "all". Why shouldn't Betsy eat the cake? After all, she baked it.
against all oddsnot likely to happen, a slim chance Against all odds - poor weather, student pilot - we landed safely.
Al B Square MallAlbee Square Mall in Brooklyn - Bizmarkie
Notes: Can only be used in the present, past, and future simple tenses and the past conditional tense. (Present simple:"He's all,'I don't know.
all about1. something you are very enthusiastic about or very into; something you want:
all alone1．by oneself；independently自己；独立地
He has completed the task all alow．他独立完成了这项任务。
2．being the only one；without others独自地；孤零零地
The small cabin stands on the hillside all alone．那房子孤零零地座落在山坡上。
She sat in her room reading all alone．她独自坐在房里看书。
all alongall the time I knew all along that he would not get the promotion.
all along the lineall along the line
Also, all the way down the line. At every point, stage, or moment. For example, We've had problems with this supplier all along the line, or He's been very helpful all the way down the line. The line originally referred to a row of troops, but the expression has been used figuratively since the late 1800s. Also see somewhere along the line.
all along|all|alongadv. phr. All the time; during the whole time. I knew all along that we would win. I knew right along that Jane would come. See also: RIGHT ALONG.
all and sundryIdiom(s): all and sundry
everyone; one and all. (Folksy. Fixed order.)
• Cold drinks were served to all and sundry.
• All and sundry came to the village fair.
all around Robin Hood's barnIdiom(s): all around Robin Hood's barn
going somewhere not by a direct route; going way out of the way [to get somewhere]; by a long and circuitous route.
• We had to go all around Robin Hood's barn to get to the little town.
• She walked all around Robin Hood's barn looking for a shop that sold Finnish glassware.
all asleeppass gently into sleep入睡；睡熟
They both stretched their weary limbs，and fell fast asleep．他们俩伸开疲倦的腿睡着了。
all at oncesuddenly, without warning All at once the fire alarm rang so we had to leave the building.
all at once|all|onceadv. phr. 1. At the same time; together. The teacher told the children to talk one at a time; if they all talked at one time, she could not understand them. Bill can play the piano, sing, and lead his orchestra all at once. 2. or all of a sudden Without warning; abruptly; suddenly; unexpectedly. All at once we heard a shot and the soldier fell to the ground. All of a sudden the ship struck a rock.
Compare: AT ONCE.
all at seaIdiom(s): (all) at sea (about sth)
confused; lost and bewildered.
• Mary is all at sea about getting married.
• When it comes to higher math, John is totally at sea.
all balled upIdiom(s): (all) balled up
troubled; confused; in a mess. (Slang.)
• Look at you! You're really all balled up!
• John is all balled up because his car was stolen.
• Of course this typewriter won't work. It's all balled up.
All bark and no biteWhen someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
all beer and skittlesIdiom(s): (all) beer and skittles
all fun and pleasure; easy and pleasant. (Skittles is the game of ninepins, a game similar to bowling. Fixed order.)
• Life isn't all beer and skittles, you know!
• For Sam, college was beer and skittles. He wasted a lot of time and money.
All bets are off(USA) If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
all betterall better
Completely healed or cured, as in Once we've bandaged it up, you'll be all better. This term is often used to comfort a child who has been hurt. It uses all in the sense of “entirely” and better in the sense of “cured.” The usage has been in the language since A.D. 1000.
all better nowIdiom(s): all better now
Theme: HEALTH - IMPROVEMENT
improved; cured. (Folksy or juvenile.)
• My leg was sore, but it's all better now.
• I fell off my tricycle and bumped my knee. Mommy kissed it, and it's all better now.
all better|all|betteradj. phr. Fully recovered; all well again; no longer painful. Usually used to or by children. "All better now," he kept repeating to the little girl.