At The Drop Of A Hat

This is an English phrase that is used to say that only the slightest movement is necessary to start a process or activity. It is used to indicate that a person needs very little motivation to cause them to do something. For Example: “When I win the lottery I will happily travel the world at […]

Easy As Pie

This common phrase has basically the same meaning as the previous phrase. It refers to a task or activity being as easy to accomplish as enjoying a piece of pie. For Example: “Algebra is as easy as pie.”

A Piece Of Cake

This is a common phrase that is used to say that a task is relatively easy. When someone is doing something that is as easy as enjoying a piece of cake, it is really easy. This is often used as a boastful exaggeration when a person is trying to make it appear that something challenging […]

Hold Your Horses

This is a common phrase that is spoken to ask someone who is in a hurry to slow down or stop for a moment. It is a reference to a person driving a vehicle that is pulled by horses. “Holding” the horses means to stop the horses and wait. For Example: “Hold your horses! Grab […]

Eyes Are Bigger Than Stomach

The phrase does not literally mean that a person’s eyes are actually bigger than the person’s stomach. It basically means that a person has ordered more food than they are actually able to reasonably eat. For Example: The phrase is common with children because they may often order more food than they can eat at […]

Jumping Ship

It is usually used when talking about quitting a project or situation that seems too challenging to complete. For Example: It can be used when talking about a person: “He is jumping ship on the project.” This would basically mean the person is quitting the project. It can also be used in reference to a […]

Steer Clear

This is a phrase that is conceptually related to driving a vehicle. The phrase is essentially saying to avoid a certain person, place, or thing. This is similar to avoiding obstacles when using the steering wheel while driving a car. For Example: The phrase can be used as a suggestion: “He recommends that people steer […]

On The Ball

Essentially means to stay attentive and focused on a task. This can be used in various ways. One example would be: “He is really on the ball since he started eating salad every day.” Another common way of using “On the ball” is to suggest that a person should “Stay on the ball.” For Example: […]

News To Me

This is a relatively common English phrase used to state that something new and surprising has just been heard by a person speaking. For Example: Imagine a headline on a newspaper. The phrase is commonly stated in ways similar to this: “He moved to Hawaii?! It’s news to me!”

Pedal To The Metal

This is a really intriguing English phrase that likely sounds rather ridiculous when it’s first heard. The phrase is actually based on driving an automobile. The concept is that of pushing the gas pedal in an automobile to the metal floor (under the carpet), causing the automobile to go as fast as possible. The phrase […]