on someone's Идиома
on someone'sIn addition to the following idioms beginning with on someone's, also see under on one's. See also: on
cry on someone's shouldercry on someone's shoulder
Tell one's problems to someone so as to gain sympathy or consolation, as in When James had a problem at the office he generally cried on his sister's shoulder.
It is also put as a shoulder to cry on
, as in When Mom came home, Jane had a shoulder to cry on.
Dancing on someone's grave
If you will dance on someone's grave, you will outlive or outlast them and will celebrate their demise.
get on someone's good sideget on someone's good side
Win someone's approval or support, as in Kate offered to walk the dog in order to get on her aunt's good side.
[c. 1930] Also see in good with, be
get on someone's nervesget on someone's nerves
Irritate someone, as in His fidgeting gets on the teacher's nerves,
or, as T.S. Eliot put it in The Elder Statesman
(1959): “How it used to get on my nerves, when I saw you always sitting there with your nose in a book.” [c. 1900]
hang on someone's wordshang on someone's words
Listen very attentively to someone. For example, You don't need to hang on his words—just remember the gist of it.
It is also put as hang on to every word
, as in Whenever Mother read their favorite book to them, the children hung on to every word.
Hard on someone's heels
If you are hard on someone's heels, you are close to them and trying to catch or overtake them. ('Hot on someone's heels' is also used.)
Heap coals on someone's head
To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.)
on someone'son someone's
In addition to the following idioms beginning with on someone's
, also see under on one's
on someone's backon someone's back
Also, on someone's case
. See under off someone's back
on someone's coattailson someone's coattails
Also, on the coattails of
. Owing to another person's popularity or merits. For example, He won the cabinet post by hanging on the senator's coattails,
or He was elected to office on the coattails of the governor.
This expression, with its graphic image, dates from the mid-1800s, when coats with tails were in fashion.
on someone's nerveson someone's nerves
see get on someone's nerves
on someone's sideon someone's side
In support of someone's views or interests, as in I'm glad you're on my side in this debate,
or With the Canadians on our side, we should be able to persuade the Mexicans of a North American policy.
piss on someone's fireworks
(UK slang) ruin the happy mood: "Don't go and piss on his fireworks by turning down the music. Let him have some fun."
right side, on someone'sright side, on someone's
Also, on someone's good side
. In someone's favor. It is often put as get
or stay on someone's right side
, as in We must get on Bill's right side if we're to get approval of our plans,
or Jane had a hard time staying on the good side of her difficult supervisor.
The antonym on someone's wrong side
, means “in someone's disfavor,” as in I got on her wrong side by opening my mouth once too often.
Also see wrong side
Step on someone's toes
If you step on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
Tread on someone's toes
If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.