1. A little bird told me
  2. If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from
    they can say that a little bird told them.
  3. A little learning is a dangerous thing
  4. A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really he said
  5. he'd done a course on home electrics
    but when he tried to mend my table lamp
  6. A long row to hoe
  7. Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.
  8. A penny for your thoughts
  9. This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
  10. A penny saved is a penny earned
  11. This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money
    but try to save it.
  12. A poor man's something
  13. Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else
    but is not as good is a poor man's
  14. version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.
  15. A steal
  16. If something is a steal
    it costs much less than it is really worth.
  17. A watched pot never boils
  18. Some things work out in their own time
    so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem
  19. longer.
  20. About face
  21. If someone changes their mind completely
    this is an about face. It can be used when companies
  22. etc
    change their position on an issue.
  23. Above board
  24. If things are done above board
    they are carried out in a legal and proper manner.
  25. Above par
  26. Better than average or normal
  27. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
  28. This idiom means that when people are apart
    their love grows stronger.
  29. Accident waiting to happen
  30. If something is an accident waiting to happen
    there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go
  31. wrong. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
  32. Ace in the hole
  33. An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the
  34. time is right.
  35. Ace up your sleeve
  36. If you have an ace up your sleeve
    you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't
  37. know about.
  38. Achilles' heel
  39. A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel.
  40. Acid test
  41. An acid test is something that proves whether something is good
  42. Across the board
  43. If something applies to everybody
    it applies across the board.
  44. Act of God
  45. An act of God is something like an earthquake or floods that human beings cannot prevent or control.
  46. Act of war
  47. An act of war is a action that is either intended to start a war or that is interpreted as being sufficient cause for
  48. a war.
  49. Adam's apple
  50. The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat
    mostly seen in men.
  51. Add fuel to the fire
  52. If people add fuel to the fire
    they make a bad situation worse.
  53. After your own heart
  54. A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you.
  55. Against the clock
  56. If you do something against the clock
    you are rushed and have very little time to do it.
  57. Against the grain
  58. If doing something goes against the grain
    you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in
  59. but you have no real choice.
  60. Age before beauty
  61. When this idiom is used
    it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first
  62. sarcastic way.
  63. Ahead of the curve
  64. Similar to ahead of the pack
    ahead of the curve literally refers to your position on the statistical bell curve
  65. where the top of the curve represents the median
    average result. By being ahead of the curve you represent
  66. Ahead of the pack
  67. If you are ahead of the pack
    you have made more progress than your rivals.
  68. Ahead of time
  69. If something happens ahead of time
    it happens early or before the set time.
  70. Air your dirty laundry in public
  71. If you air your dirty laundry in public
    you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private
  72. telling a secret
    arguing in public
  73. Alive and kicking
  74. If something is active and doing well
    it is alive and kicking.� (It can be used for people too.)
  75. All along
  76. If you have known or suspected something all along
    then you have felt this from the beginning.
  77. All and sundry
  78. This idiom is a way of emphasising 'all'
    like saying 'each and every one'.
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