Clothes – English idioms and sayings

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a dull person or an individual with a boring hobby who insists on talking about it
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Oh no, this anorak is going to talk about his stamp collection again!
to put in a lot of effort into doing something
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to buckle down
It's time to buckle down and start revising for the exam.
to start to think seriously about how to solve a problem
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to put on one's thinking cap
Guys, let's put on our thinking caps and figure out how to do this.
someone who pretends to be harmless when he is, in fact, really dangerous
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wolf in sheep's clothing
I don't like this man, he seems to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
to be very angry
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hot under the collar
I makes me hot under the collar when someone uses my teacup.
without preparation
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He gave a wonderful speech just off-the cuff.
to tell someone off for doing something bad
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to dress someone down
She dressed her children down when she found out what they did.
to be dressed too young for your age
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mutton dressed as lamb
In this dress you look like mutton dressed as a lamb. It's way too short.
to make yourself look really good by wearing your best clothes
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to be dressed to kill
She looks beautiful tonight, she is dressed to kill.
to be overdressed
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to be dressed up like a dog's dinner
She dressed up like a dog's dinner again. Who wears an evening dress for a picnic?
to fit very well
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to fit like a glove
This bra fits you like a glove, it's perfect!
to have an extremely close relationship, especially at work
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to work hand in glove
This computer is designed to work hand in glove with the new software.
to argue or compete without controlling your actions or feelings
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to take the gloves off
Don't make me take the gloves off, we both don't want it.
very quickly
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at the drop of a hat
I didn't even realize it, it happened at the drop of the hat.
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old hat
I don't like this suit, it's so old hat.
to admire or respect someone
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to take one's hat off to someone
His parents didn't support him, but he succeeded anyway. I take my hat off to him.
to keep something in strictest confidence
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to keep something under one's hat
Yes, you can tell me a secret, I promise to keep it under my hat.
to have your private or personal problems discussed in public
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to air one's dirty linen in public
My mother taught me not to air my dirty linen in public.
to be restless or incapable of sitting still
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to have ants in one's pants
What's going on with this child, does she have ants in her pants?
used when talking about the reckless spending of money
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to burn a hole in one's pocket
When I get my salary I just have to spend it, the money burns a hole in my pocket.
to be very busy or overcrowded
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bursting at the seams
This cinema is bursting at the seams, I don't think we are going to get tickets for tonight.
Don't lose your temper.
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Keep your shirt on!
You'd better keep your shirt on, it's not a good time for anger.
to lose all your money (usually in a business venture or by gambling)
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to lose one's shirt
He went into business with Thomson and lost his shirt.
too rigid or formal
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stuffed shirt
I know he's a big cheese, but he's too much of a stuffed shirt to me.
to be in someone else's place or position
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to be in someone else's shoes
I tell you wouldn't like to be in my shoes.
to have a very small amount of money for something
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on a shoestring budget
Ok, we will have a party, it's going to be on a shoestring budget.
to have something in reserve in case it is needed
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to have a card up one's sleeve
She seems to always have a card up her sleeve, she has never been in serious trouble.
to prepare to work hard
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to roll up one's sleeves
Let's roll up our sleeves and begin drilling.
used to tell someone to shut up
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Put a sock in it.
Oh, just put a sock in it and stop complaining.
to be completely naked
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to be in one's birthday suit
I was ashamed when she accidentally saw me in me birthday suit.
to be the boss of a family or household
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to wear the trousers in the house/family
It happens more and more often that the woman is the person who wears the trousers in the family.
to keep quiet about something (usually with an implied threat)
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to keep it zipped
I'd better keep it zipped or else...

Definition of idiom

An idiom is a group of words that have a different meaning than that deducted from the words it is made of. Idiomatic expressions are really common in conversations with native English speakers when they use figurative language. It is really important to learn the frequently used idiomatic expressions in order to understand what natives say and be able to use these idioms to express yourself interestingly. Also, idiomatic expressions help you tell an entire idea in a short group of words. Learn idiomatic expressions with our fun and effective flashcards to remember them forever!

Clothes idioms

This particular flashcard lesson will teach you clothes idioms and clothes with sayings. They will be really useful when you will want to describe other people, to tell how you're solving a problem, to describe how are people dressed and many more. These clothes with sayings or clothes idioms will make your speech colourful and varied! Learn these clothes with sayings easily with this lesson! Don't forget to repeat the clothes with sayings in order to remember them forever! Master the clothes idioms and continue enriching your English vocabulary with our English resources!

Clothes idioms examples

Here are some examples of clothes with sayings along with their meanings:
  • 1. to take one's hat off to someone = to admire or respect someone
  • 2. to keep something under one's hat = to keep something in strictest confidence
  • 3. to air one's dirty linen in public = to have your private or personal problems discussed in public
  • 4. to have ants in one's pants = to be restless or incapable of sitting still
  • 5. to burn a hole in one's pocket = used when talking about the reckless spending of money
Moreover, you will learn the meaning of other idiom costumes, like keep your shirt on. The lesson will also teach you the old hat meaning, roll up sleeves meaning and the meaning of dress to kill clothing idiom. Proceed to the lesson of clothes with sayings and clothes idioms to learn more!

Learn more with our lessons!

Curious to know more than just clothes idioms? Want to learn something else besides clothes with sayings? We have everything prepared! Take a look at our other lessons on idioms, for example, the Entertainment idioms, Work idioms and Transport idioms lessons! We are sure they will help you discover many more new idiomatic expressions and learn them in no time!

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