Idioms - H
haul over the coals
Defined: If you haul someone over the coals,you reprimand them harshly because they have done something wrong or incorrectly.
Example: He was hauled over the coals for the poor quality of his presentation.
have one too many
Defined: Someone who has one too many, has drunk too much alcohol.
Example: I think Tony has had one too many - he's talking rubbish!
have the nerve
Defined: If you do something rude, impudent or inappropriate, without any embarrassment or shyness, it is said that you have the nerve to do it.
Example: She had the nerve to attend the ceremony wearing jeans!
have a stab at
Defined: If you have a stab at something, you try something that you have never had a chance to do before.
Example: I had a stab at surfing once but I decided not to rene the experience!
help a lame dog
Defined: If you help a lame dog over a stile, you help someone who is in difficulty or trouble.
Example: You can trust him - he's always ready to help a lame dog over a stile.
Defined: People with the herd mentality tend to do what everyone else does, no matter how ridiculous or stupid.
Example: One example of herd mentality is when people rush to get on the first bus when there are several empty ones waiting.
hit below the belt
Defined: If you do something considered to be unfair, or make a cruel remark, you hit below the belt.
Example: Politicians sometimes use personal information to hit their rivals below the belt.
hit the panic button
Defined: When you hit or press the panic button, you raise the alarm too quickly or react too hastily in a difficult or stressful situation.
Example: Calm down! There's no need to hit the panic button yet!
hold the fort
Defined: When you hold the fort, you look after a place or a business in the absence of the person who is normally in charge.
Example: Rosie, could you hold the fort please while I go to the post office?
hold one's own
Defined: If you can hold your own, you are well able to defend yourself when under attack.
Example: We should ask Jane to represent us; she can hold her own in any argument.
hue and cry
Defined: If there is a hue and cry about something, there is loud opposition to it.
Example: There will no doubt be a great hue and cry when the reorganization is announced.