Idioms Collection


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B

Be in two minds

Be in two minds

 

Be unable to decide between alternatives.
"I'm in two minds whether to go back"
   

D

dark horse

The phrase dark horse is an idiomatic expression that refers to a usually little-known person who unexpectedly wins or succeeds, especially in a competition of some sort.

The first known mention of the phrase is in Benjamin Disraeli's novel The Young Duke (1831). Disraeli's protagonist, the Duke of St. James, attends a horse race with a surprise finish: "A dark horse which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grandstand in sweeping triumph."

 

Example: Jane turned out to be a dark horse. Although she had suffered from a severe illness this year, she managed to win the race.

 

Katy Perry's song: Dark horse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KSOMA3QBU0 

 

 by: Valentina from MTV

E

Every Cloud has a silver lining

Said to emphasize that every difficult or unpleasant situation has some advantage

O

Once in a blue moon

Once in a blue moon

Rarely, once in a very long time, as in We only see our daughter once in a blue moon. This term is something of amisnomer, because an actual blue moon-that is, the appearance of a second full moon in the same calendar month-occurs every 32 months or so. Further, the moon can appear blue in color at any time, depending on weatherconditions. [Early 1800s

Etymology: based on the informal phrase blue moon (the second time in one
month that you can see the full disk of themoon )

 

ALSO: A great tune by Van Morrison!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jnqpwGL_U4

S

Spill the beans

Disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely

A popular folk etymology for "to spill the beans" claims that in ancient Greece, applicants for membership in secret societies were voted upon by having the existing members drop beans into a pottery jar. Those who approved of the potential new member would signal an affirmative vote by adding a white bean to the jar. A black bean indicated a negative vote. The story goes that on occasion, when the jar was accidentally knocked over, the beans poured out and the vote was revealed prematurely. Somebody had "spilled the beans". It's an engaging tale, and beans were in fact once used as ballots.
So as you can see, not much is certain about the origin but it surely is a very interesting idiom. And I’ve always been fond of this phrase.

T

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it.

 Origin: This is a very old saying or proverb that exists in many languages. In English, it dates back to at least the 16th century when it first appeared in print. It may well be older. There are also a number of different versions. Sometimes it’s soup, sometimes it’s stew. A similar saying is “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” However, as with many proverbs there are several antonyms, such as “The more the merrier,” or “Many hands make light work.”