Friday, November 16, 2012

Cut to the chase

If you 'cut to the chase,' it means that you just come out and tell someone something, after (possibly) previously stalling.

-They've been hemming and hawing all week. I wish they'd just cut to the chase and tell me.
-They should, you're right!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


If you are 'floored' by something, it means you are shocked and can't believe what you're hearing.

-I can't believe you didn't get the job! I'm just floored!
-Yeah, me, neither. I'm still in shock.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Full of shit

Someone who is 'full of shit,' is someone who is completely lying. Since 'shit' is a bad word, obviously this should only be said around people with whom you have a close relationship.

-I can't believe she actually said that! She's so full of shit!

Hemming and hawing

If someone is 'hemming and hawing,' it means they're stalling on making a (perhaps big) decision.

-I wish he'd just make up his mind!
-All this hemming and hawing is getting old.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pig out

If you 'pig out," it means that you eat so much that afterward you're stuffed and maybe even feel sick.

-Good morning, sweetie! Would you like some breakfast?
-No thanks, Mom. Last night I pigged out on pizza at Suzanne's and I'm still full!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Not going to sugarcoat it

If you're not going to 'sugarcoat' something, it means you're going to be frank and direct about some bad news, without trying to soften it.

-Well, I'm not going to sugarcoat it. You have to lose weight.
-You're right, Dr. Smith. I know you're right.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


'Gridlock' refers to a major traffic jam when no one can move. It has also been used the American political scene as if late.

-Gridlock traffic! Happy Monday.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Living under a rock

If you are 'living under a rock,' it means that have not been paying very close attention to what's been happening (especially in the world) around you.

-I just can't comprehend how anyone could be an undecided voter at this point!
-They must be living under a rock!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In a safe place.

If you have something you don't want to lose, you might put it in a safe place. Sometimes, however, you put it in such a 'safe place' that later you can't find it.

-Do you have the tickets for tonight?
-I put them in a safe place and now I can't find them.