each and every
"I want each and every student to bring his or her textbook tomorrow."
- a person who is always eager to work hard or do extra work
My colleague is an eager beaver and is always ready to work hard when we need him.
- an eye with sharp visual powers
The woman watched her young child with an eagle eye.
an ear to the ground
- attention that is paid to the way things are going or the way people feel and think about something
The president has an ear to the ground and knows everything that is going on in our company.
- a scolding, much talking in the form of complaints
The man gave his daughter an earful when she came home late.
- a person who gets up early or arrives early for something
My sister is an early bird and gets up very early every morning.
early bird catches/gets the worm
- a person who gets up early in the morning has the best chance of success
Our supervisor always goes to work before his colleagues because he knows that the early bird catches the worm.
- at an early stage
We had a meeting early on to try and solve the problem.
earn one's keep
- to earn one's pay or a place to live by doing some work
I work hard in my uncle's garden in order to earn my keep when I stay with him.
ease off on (someone or something)
- to put less pressure on someone or something, to relax
The president was asked to ease off on his efforts to cut staff in the company.
ease up on (someone or something)
- to put less pressure on someone or something, to relax
The boy was having problems at school so the teacher eased up on him.
easier said than done
- to be easier to talk about than to do
I would like to change jobs but it is easier said than done.
easy come, easy go
- something that you get easily can be lost easily
My cousin does not care if he loses his job or not. For him, everything is easy come, easy go.
easy does it
- doing something slowly or without sudden movements
"Easy does it," I said as we moved the large piano.
- to be tolerant and relaxed
Our boss has a very easy-going management style.
easy to come by
- easy to find
Money is not easy to come by for many people with no education.
eat and run
- to eat a meal quickly and then leave
We had to eat and run in order to arrive at the soccer field early.
eat away at (someone)
- to bother someone, to worry someone
Money problems have been eating away at the man recently.
eat away at (something)
- to rot or destroy something
The mildew has been eating away at the window frame all year.
- to admit that one is mistaken or defeated or wrong
Our boss was forced to eat crow when the figures that he presented at the meeting were wrong.
- to accept another`s insults or bad treatment
The accountant had to eat dirt because of the problems that he had caused.
eat humble pie
- to admit one`s error and apologize
The boy had to eat humble pie when his friends discovered his mistake.
- to eat at home, to eat in a restaurant where you have a choice to either eat in the restaurant or take the food out
We usually like to eat in on the weekends.
We went to the fast food restaurant and we decided to eat in rather than take the food out.
eat like a bird
- to eat very little
The boy eats like a bird. That is why he cannot gain enough weight to join the football team.
eat like a horse
- to eat a lot
My friend eats like a horse but he never gains any weight.
eat on the run
- to eat while going somewhere in a hurry
We often have to eat on the run during the day.
eat one`s cake and have it too
- to use or spend something but still keep it
The man wants to eat his cake and have it too and he will never give up anything.
eat one's hat
- to do something extraordinary or special if something that you do not think will happen actually happens (this is always used with if and is used when you are quite certain that something will happen and if it does not happen then you will do something extraordinary or special - like eating your hat)
I do not think that my friend will arrive here on time. If my friend does arrive here on time I will eat my hat.
I do not think that our team will win the game today. If our team does win the game today I will eat my hat.
eat one`s heart out
- to be envious, to be very sad
"You can eat your heart out - I am going to Hawaii for three weeks!"
eat one`s words
- to admit being wrong in something that one has said
The worker was forced to eat his words after his boss proved that he was wrong.
- to eat in a restaurant
I eat out three or four times a week.
eat out of (someone's) hand
- to do what someone else wants
The secretary had her boss eating out of her hand and she could do whatever she wanted.
eat (someone) out of house and home
- to eat much food in someone's home
The two teenage boys were eating their parents out of house and home.
eat up (something) or eat (something) up
- to enjoy or absorb or appreciate something
The students were eating up the comments by their professor.
eat up (something) or eat (something) up
- to eat everything on your plate
I ate up all my dinner and began my homework.
- to be bothering or worrying someone
I do not know what is eating my friend but she is not in a good mood today.
ebb and flow
- the decrease and increase of something like the tide
The ebb and flow of the singer's popularity was always a topic of conversation.
edge out (someone) or edge (someone) out
- to win a competition against someone and get a job or position
I was able to edge out the other applicants to get the job.
egg (someone) on or egg on (someone)
- to urge or push someone to do something
The boy is always egging his friend on to do stupid things.
either feast or famine
- to be or have either too much or not enough of something
It is either feast or famine for the woman. Sometimes she has lots of money and sometimes she has none.
eke out (a living)
- to earn one's living with difficulty
My uncle was unable to eke out a living on his farm so he sold it.
- the effort and strength to clean something
We will have to use much elbow grease to clean the kitchen.
- enough space to be comfortable
The couple moved to the country in order to have more elbow room.
elbow (someone) out of (somewhere)
- to pressure someone out of somewhere
The woman elbowed the other shoppers out of the way so that she could buy some shoes.
- a decision that is made at the last possible minute
The government made an eleventh-hour decision to save the hospital.
emperor's new clothes
- used when many people believe something that is not true, a situation in which people are afraid to criticize something because everyone else seems to think that it is good or important
It was like the emperor's new clothes when nobody would criticize the popular politician although he was doing many bad things.
an end in itself
- something that one wants specifically for itself and not as a way to do or get something else
For many people travelling is an end in itself and the destination is not important.
end of one`s rope
- the last of one`s ability or ideas about how to do something
I am at the end of my rope regarding what to do about my job.
- the final result
The end product of the survey was a better understanding of how things are working in our company.
end up (doing something)
- to do something that one had not planned to do, to finally be or do something
I ended up studying rather than going to a movie last night.
The man ended up getting married to his neighbor.
end up (going somewhere)
- to go somewhere where you had not planned to go
We ended up going to a restaurant after the movie last night.
end up (somewhere)
- to finish at a certain place
We ended up at a small coffee shop near the restaurant.
end up with (something)
- to get something as a result of something
I ended up with a cold last weekend after being outside in the rain.
engage in (something)
- to be busy with something, to be occupied with something
The man is engaged in a new project.
The woman was engaged in a long conversation.
engage in small talk
- to talk about minor things rather than more important things
The sales staff engaged in some small talk before the meeting.
enough to go around
- to be enough of something to serve everybody
There was enough cake to go around so everybody had a piece.
enter one's mind
- to come into one's consciousness (an idea)
It never entered my mind to make a reservation at the restaurant.
equal to (something)
- to be able to deal with something
The apartment manager was equal to the task of managing the building.
escape (someone's) notice
- to go unnoticed
The fact that my library books were overdue escaped my notice.
- nevertheless, however
My friend has always worked but even so he has no money saved.
- even with (someone or something)
Both teams were even steven by the middle of the game.
every cloud has a silver lining
- there is something good in every bad thing
Every cloud has a silver lining and although I lost my job other good things have happened.
every dog has his day
- everybody will have a chance for success someday
You should be patient and wait until you get a chance. Remember every dog has his day.
every inch a (something)
- completely, in every way
Jack was every inch a sailor and loved to go out on the ocean with his boat.
every last one
- every single one
Every last one of the children received a certificate from the swimming club.
every living soul
We gave a free newspaper to every living soul in the apartment building.
every minute counts
- time is very important
Every minute counts when the fire department goes to fight a fire.
every nook and cranny
- every small hiding place where you can put something
I looked in every nook and cranny of my apartment but I could not find my house keys.
- every second one
I have to work every other Saturday evening.
every so often
You should stand up every so often when you are on a long plane trip.
every time one turns around
Every time I turn around my little boy asks me a question.
every Tom, Dick and Harry
- the average person
The man said that he is not the same as every Tom, Dick and Harry.
every which way
- in all directions
The small children at the birthday party were running every which way.
everything but the kitchen sink
- almost everything
We took everything but the kitchen sink on our camping trip.
everything humanly possible
- everything in the range of human powers
The doctors did everything humanly possible to save the man after the accident.
the exception that proves the rule
- an exception to a rule proves that the rule exists
The salesman is very quiet and shy and he is the exception that proves the rule in his company. Everybody else is very talkative.
exception to the rule
- someone or something which differs from the usual/normal/theory/rule
Dogs for blind people are the exception to the rule related to taking an animals on a bus.
- to forgive someone
We excused the man for his rude comments because he did not know any better.
- to give an explanation for something wrong that you have done
The director was forced to explain himself after the accounting problems were discovered.
explain (something) away or explain away (something)
- to explain something so that it seems less important
The sales clerk tried to explain away the problem with the sales receipt.
express (one's) anger
- to release one's anger
The man often loses his temper which is not a good way to express his anger.
extend credit to (someone)
- to permit someone to buy something on credit
The bank extended credit to the small company so that they could continue to operate.
extend one's sympathy to (someone)
- to express sympathy to someone
We extended our sympathy to the family of the dead woman.
- the special circumstances that cause something to happen
We were able to avoid paying the parking ticket because of extenuating circumstances.
eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
- a system of punishment where you punish someone in the same way that they hurt you
The citizens wanted an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth when they learned about the child's murder.
eye of the storm
- the center of a problem
The politician was in the eye of the storm because of the accounting scandal.
- face to face
I sat eyeball-to-eyeball with our boss during the meeting.
eyes are bigger than one`s stomach
- one takes or wants more food than he or she can eat
The man's eyes are bigger than his stomach. He will never finish the food that he took.
eyes in the back of one`s head
- the ability to know what is happening behind one`s back
The man has eyes in the back of his head and you can never borrow anything without him knowing about it.
eyes pop out
- much surprised
The woman's eyes popped out when she saw her name in the newspaper.
- Choose an idiom to replace the expression in the brackets:
- My friend is always (pushing me on) when I am angry about something.
(a) egging me on (b) excusing himself (c) eating crow (d) eating his words
- The girl's mother gave her (a scolding) when she returned home late from school.
(a) every other (b) an earful (c) an eagle eye (d) either feast or famine
- Our boss has a style of managing his company that is (very relaxed).
(a) every minute counts (b) easy to come by (c) easy going (d) ebb and flow
- Cleaning up their new house will take the couple a lot of (effort and energy).
(a) elbow room (b) elbow grease (c) extenuating circumstances (d) eleventh-hour decisions
- The government leader was forced to (retract his statement) about the money that he had received.
(a) eat his heart out (b) ease off (c) express his anger (d) eat his words
- Our new house has a lot more (space) than our old one.
(a) eyes in the back of its head (b) elbow room (c) eager beavers (d) elbow grease
- We usually (go to a restaurant) about once a week.
(a) earn our keep (b) eat and run (c) eat our heart out (d) eat out
- The man says that he does not want the same kind of car as (the average person).
(a) every Tom, Dick, and Harry (b) every so often (c) even steven (d) the early bird
- We (finished by) going to a restaurant for a drink after the concert.
(a) explained ourselves by (b) engaged in small talk by (c) ended up (d) escaped notice by
- We go to that restaurant (sometimes) but not very often.
(a) early on (b) every so often (c) every which way (d) every time I turn around
- It is easy to get the supervisor to (do what we want).
(a) enter our mind (b) explain things away (c) eat humble pie (d) eat out of our hands
- I do not know what is (bothering) my friend but he is very angry.
(a) eating (b) easier said than done for (c) edging out (d) extending credit to
- The man was (completely) a sailor.
(a) even so (b) every inch (c) equal to (d) every last one
- (There is something good in every bad thing) and even after I lost my job good things happened.
(a) The early bird catches the worm (b) There was enough to go around (c) Every cloud has a silver lining (d) It was the exception that proves the rule
- (Everybody) in the apartment building was given a fire extinguisher.
(a) Everything but the kitchen sink (b) Every nook and cranny (c) Everything humanly possible (d) Every living soul