skin and bones

What does skin and bones mean?   Idiom Meaning: extremely skinny   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Law & Order: “Mother’s Milk” (2000) Time of Scene: n/a Detective Lennie Briscoe: It’s never a happy ending. Detective Ed Green: We found blood in the apartment. Dr. […]

 

 

eat your heart out

What does eat your heart out mean?   Idiom Meaning: drawing attention to something unattainable   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   The Facts of Life “Read No Evil” (1982) Time of Scene: n/a Joanne ‘Jo’ Polniaczek: Hey where’d you get the newsletter? Edna Garrett: Mrs. […]

 

 

break the ice

What does break the ice mean?   Idiom Meaning: discussion to relieve tension or to start conversation   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Terms of Endearment¬†(1983) Time of Scene: 00:52:00 Garrett Breedlove: You’re just going to have to trust me about this one thing. You […]

 

 

neck and neck

What does neck and neck mean?   Idiom Meaning: very close together or at equal level   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   This Is Us “Jack Pearson’s Son” (2017) Time of Scene: n/a Randall: So right now Travis Bauman and I are neck and neck […]

 

 

ahead of the curve

What does ahead of the curve mean?   Idiom Meaning: better than others or more advanced   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   The Dark Knight (2008) Time of Scene: 01:25:00 The Joker: I don’t wanna kill you. What would I do without you? Go back […]

 

 

lay down the law

What does lay down the law mean?   Idiom Meaning: tell people what to do in a forceful way   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Casino (1995) Time of Scene: 01:38:00 Piscano’s Brother-in-Law: You gotta lay down the law. Otherwise they’re gonna make a fool […]

 

 

rabbit hole

What does rabbit hole mean?   Idiom Meaning: a bizarre, confusing, nonsensical situation or environment   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Misconduct (2016) Time of Scene: n/a Arthur Denning: Now that you are down a rabbit hole, the only question I have is, how far […]

 

 

greener pastures

What does greener pastures mean?   Idiom Meaning: a more promising situation   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   True Romance (1993) Time of Scene: n/a Clarence Worley: I’m not eatin’ ’cause I’m not hungry. I’m not sittin’ ’cause I’m not stayin’ I ain’t lookin’ at […]

 

 

diamond in the rough

What does diamond in the rough mean?   Idiom Meaning: someone or something that has great potential   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Downton Abbey: Episode 3.7 (2012) Time of Scene: 00:12:00 Tom Branson: My brother’s comin’ over. He’ll stay in the village. Lady Mary […]

 

 

watch your language

What does watch your language mean?   Idiom Meaning: be careful what you say (especially when using expletives)   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Scent of a Woman (1992) Time of Scene: 02:20:00 Mr. Trask: I am left with no real witness. Mr. Willis’s testimony […]

 

 

jump to conclusions

What does jump to conclusions mean?   Idiom Meaning: form an opinion hastily   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Fantastic Four (2005) Time of Scene: 00:24:00 Susan Storm: It’s got to be the cloud! It’s fundamentally altered our DNA! Reed Richards: Now, let’s not jump […]

 

 

ill at ease

What does ill at ease mean?   Idiom Meaning: worried or uncomfortable   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   The Big Bang Theory “The Benefactor Factor” (2011) Time of Scene: n/a Mrs. Latham: There’s nothing I like better than making smart people feel ill at ease. […]

 

 

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

What does beauty is in the eye of the beholder¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: beauty is subjective   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Shallow Hal (2001) Time of Scene: n/a Tony Robbins: Haven’t you ever heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Mauricio: […]

 

 

coming out of my ears

What does coming out of my ears mean?   Idiom Meaning: too much of something   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Erin Brockovich (2000) Time of Scene: ~00:18:10 Erin Brockovich: You want my number? George: Yeah, I do. I do want your number. Erin Brockovich: […]

 

 

get rid of

What does get rid of¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: throw away or dispose of something   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Mulholland Drive (2001) Time of Scene: ~00:11:36 Dan: I had a dream about this place. Herb: Oh boy. Dan: See what I mean? Herb: Okay. […]

 

 

push through

What does push through¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: keep trying and continue on   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Cars 3¬†(2017) Cruz Ramirez: It’s all about motivation, Mr. McQueen. You can use anything negative as fuel to push through to the positive! Lightning McQueen: I’ve been […]

 

 

hang on

What does hang on¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: wait   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   The Social Network¬†(2010) Gretchen: 18,000 dollars? Eduardo Saverin: Yes. Gretchen: In addition to the $1,000 you’d already put up? Eduardo Saverin: Yes. Gretchen: A total of $19,000 now? Eduardo Saverin: Yes. […]

 

 

out of line

What does out of line¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: behaving inappropriately   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   School of Rock¬†(2003) Time of Scene: ~00:10:10 Dewey Finn: You don’t have to worry about me because I’m a hard-ass. And if a kid gets out of line, I […]

 

 

shut up

What does shut up¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: be quiet   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Eighth Grade¬†(2018) Time of Scene: ~00:15:10 Mark Day: You said I could say one thing. Can I say one thing, please? Kayla Day: Fine. Mark Day: Thank you. Look. When […]

 

 

take no prisoners

What does take no prisoners¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: show no mercy and aggressively pursue an objective   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Tommy Boy¬†(1995) Time of Scene: ~00:34:40 Richard Hayden: All right, now it’s sale time. So remember, we don’t take no…? Tommy: No shit […]

 

 

two shakes of a lamb’s tail

What does two shakes of a lamb’s tail¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: very soon or quickly   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Pulp Fiction¬†(1994) Time of Scene: ~00:30:00 Mia Wallace:¬†Hi Vincent. I’m getting dressed. The door’s open. Come inside and make yourself a drink. Vincent Vega: […]

 

 

zip your lip

What does zip your lip¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: stop talking and be quiet   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Police Academy 3: Back in Training¬†(1986) Time of Scene: ~00:14:30 Sgt. Hooks: Please, sit down, sit down. Please. Zip your lips, slap your butts to the […]

 

 

zero-sum game

What does zero-sum¬†game¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: a¬†situation where one’s gain equals the loss of the other person   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Heavy¬†(2005) Time of Scene: ~00:00:00 Dr. Allison Cameron: What are you suggesting, we start slashing each other’s throats? Dr. Robert Chase: I’m […]

 

 

zero tolerance

What does zero tolerance¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: a strict policy against a type of bad behavior   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Glee “Furt”¬†(2010) Time of Scene: ~00:41:10 Sam Evans: We can protect you. Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman: Seriously, we can, like, form a perimeter around […]

 

 

water under the bridge

What does water under the bridge¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: prior events that are no longer important   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Old School¬†(2003) Time of Scene: ~00:16:10 Frank: So what’s up? Marissa: Oh nothing much. I was kind of hoping we might get to […]

 

 

up shit creek

What does up shit creek¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: to be in an awkward situation   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Charlie Bartlett¬†(2008) Time of Scene: ~00:35:20 Charlie Bartlett: Well, at least you’re attracted to somebody. I mean, if you weren’t, then we’d really be¬†up shit’s […]

 

 

take a rain check

What does take a rain check¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: reschedule to meet at another time   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Christmas Vacation¬†(1989) Time of Scene: ~00:40:30 Clark: Eddie? Eddie: Yeah, if you don’t remember, this here is Rocky. Art: Have you got a kiss […]

 

 

simmer down

What does simmer down¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: relax   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Breaking Bad “Ozymandias”¬†(2013) Time of Scene: ~00:05:50 Hank Schrader: Ahh… ahh… Uncle Jack: Whoa, simmer down there, sparky. Kenny: What the hell did we just walk into? Todd: Hey, Uncle Jack. […]

 

 

rise and shine

What does rise and shine¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: wake up and get out of bed   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Some Assembly Required”¬†(1997) Time of Scene: ~00:00:05 Buffy:¬†C’mon, Stephan, rise and shine. Some of us have a ton of trig […]

 

 

rat race

What does rat race¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: an exhausting and competitive routine   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead¬†(1991) Time of Scene: ~01:18:30 Sue Ellen “Swell” Crandell: I appreciate you. Kenny Crandell: Eat shit! Sue Ellen “Swell” Crandell: I don’t […]

 

 

pull yourself together

What does pull yourself together¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: recover or maintain composure   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Shutter Island¬†(2010) Time of Scene: ~00:01:10 Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.   The Hangover (2009) Time of Scene: ~00:29:20 Alan Garner: Hey, Phil, […]

 

 

over my dead body

What does over my dead body¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: said when opposing something (and would prevent it from happening)   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Clue¬†(1985) Time of Scene: ~00:27:20 Mr. Boddy: You lockin’ me in? I’ll take the key. Wadsworth: Over my dead body, […]

 

 

once in a blue moon

What does once in a blue moon¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: very rarely   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Grey’s¬†Anatomy “Save Me” (2005) Time of Scene: ~00:40:10 Dr. Meredith Grey:¬†At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t […]

 

 

make or break

What does make or break¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: succeed or fail in something   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Grey’s¬†Anatomy “The Self Destruct Button”¬†(2005) Time of Scene: ~00:11:30 Dr. George O’Malley: Hey, have you seen Shepherd? Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens: Not as up close as […]

 

 

lost cause

What does lost cause¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: something hopeless or not worth pursuing   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington¬†(1939) Time of Scene: ~02:06:00 Jefferson Smith: I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know […]

 

 

lion’s share

What does lion’s share¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: the majority   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Downton Abbey “Episode 3.1”¬†(2012) Time of Scene: ~00:09:50 Robert Crawley: Are you really telling me that all the money is gone? George Murray: I’m afraid so. Robert Crawley: The lion’s […]

 

 

keep your shirt on

What does keep your shirt on¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: relax   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Critters¬†(1986) Time of Scene: ~00:50:00 Charlie McFadden: Keep your shirt on asshole.   The Giant Claw (1957) Time of Scene: ~00:28:40 Mitch MacAfee:¬†Stop leaning on the buzzer. I’m coming. […]

 

 

join the club

What does join the club¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: said when two people share something (typically unpleasant) in common   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   The Lost Boys (1987) Time of Scene: ~00:48:40 David: Initiation’s over, Michael. Time to join the club! ¬†Watch on Youtube!   […]

 

 

jump ship

What does jump ship¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: escape or abandon   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Caddyshack¬†(1980) Time of Scene: ~00:10:30 Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper […]

 

 

it takes two to tango

What does it takes two to tango¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: it requires two people to do something   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Incendiary¬†(2008) Time of Scene: ~01:27:00 Young Mother:¬†I am the city, Osama. I am the whole world. Murder me with bombs and I […]

 

 

head over heels

What does head over heels¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: falling in love   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   How I Met Your Mother: “The Naked Truth”¬†(2011) Time of Scene: ~00:17:50 Ted Mosby: I don’t want to be choosing between two girls. I want to be a […]

 

 

hang in there

What does hang in there¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: try to be optimistic or patient   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Blade: Trinity¬†(2004) Time of Scene: ~01:36:10 Hannibal King:¬†Hang in there, kitten. I’ll get help.   Frozen (2013) Time of Scene: ~00:09:10 Young Anna: Do you […]

 

 

gravy train

What does gravy train¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: a way to make a lot of money   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Ghost Rider¬†(2007) Time of Scene: ~01:21:30 Mack: Yeah. Well, if this gets out in the press, his career is over. Roxanne Simpson: Yeah. Trust […]

 

 

give no quarter

What does give no quarter¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: show no mercy   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   300: Rise of an Empire¬†(2014) Time of Scene: ~01:21:50 Artemisia: Today the last Greek ships will be destroyed. Show them no mercy. Give them no quarter. Today we […]

 

 

flesh and blood

What does flesh and blood¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: family   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Dark Matter “Episode 1.12” (2015) Time of Scene: ~00:08:00 Two: You saw the scans. One: Yeah, and they said you’re flesh and blood. Two: Artificially constructed. Like one of those […]

 

 

fit like a glove

What does fit like a glove mean?   Idiom Meaning: fit or match perfectly   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Corpse Bride (2005) Time of Scene: ~00:22:30 Bonejangles:¬†So they conjured up a plan to meet late at night. They told not a soul, kept the […]

 

 

fat chance

What does fat chance¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: unlikely to happen   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Happy Feet Two (2011) Time of Scene: ~00:25:00 Ramon: You, me, beautiful egg, right now. Carmen: You? Me?¬†Fat chance. Ramon: I have a chance, and it’s fat! Watch on […]

 

 

everything but the kitchen sink

What does everything but the kitchen sink¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: everything imaginable   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Fraser “The Late Dr. Crane” (1999) Time of Scene: ~00:20:20 Martin: You know, I think what you discovered this week is that something’s missing from your life. […]

 

 

early bird

What does early bird¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: someone who wakes up early in the morning   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Best of Both Worlds”¬†(1990) Time of Scene: ~00:09:15 Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Morning. Early bird gets the […]

 

 

double dating

What does double dating¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: two couples dating together   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Community¬†“Politics of Human Sexuality” (2009) Time of Scene: ~00:02:10 Pierce Hawthorne: Hey guys. Jeff and I are double dating tonight with my new girlfriend. Jeff Winger: You got […]

 

 

black and blue

What does black and blue¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: covered in bruises   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Jessica Jones “AKA It’s Called Whiskey”¬†(2015) Jessica Jones: You turned my room into a gym? Trish Walker: I needed a place to train. Jessica Jones: By training, you […]

 

 

bad egg

What does bad¬†egg mean?   Idiom Meaning: a bad or dishonest person   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Flight of the Conchords¬†“Bret Gives Up the Dream” (2007) Time of Scene: ~00:09:30 Bret: It’s a chicken egg situation. Murray: What does he mean, chicken? Jemaine: Well, […]

 

 

basket case

What does basket case mean?   Idiom Meaning: a useless person who cannot cope   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   MacGyver “Deadly Silents” (1991) MacGyver: Pinky! Were you always this nervous in the old days? Pinky Burnette: Well, I… of course I was nervous. I… […]

 

 

Achilles heel

What does Achilles heel mean?   Idiom Meaning: primary weakness   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Lady and the Tramp (1955) Time of Scene: ~00:58:00 Pedro: Pardon me, amigo. What is this chili deal? Boris: Achilles heel, Pedro. This is meaning his… uh… weaknesses. Toughy: […]

 

 

ace in the hole

What does ace in the hole¬†mean?   Idiom Meaning: a hidden secret advantage   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   One More Train to Rob (1971) Timothy X. Nolan: You let the old Chinaman slip away. He was my ace in the hole! Harker Fleet: He […]

 

 

a dime a dozen

What does a dime a dozen mean?   Idiom Meaning: very¬†common and with no unique value   Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:   Death of a Salesman (1985) Time of Scene: ~02:03:25 Willy Loman: The door of your life is wide open! Biff Loman: Pop, I’m […]