Idioms - Q
quaking in one's boots
Defined: When someone is extremely scared, it is said that they are quaking in their boots.
Example: When he saw the crocodiles in the water, he started quaking in his boots.
quart into a pint pot
Defined: To say that you can't put a quart into a pint pot means that you cannot fit something too big into a small space, or that you are trying to do something impossible.
Example: You'll never get that into the suitcase. You can't put a quart into a pint pot!
Defined: Someone who has a quick temper gets angry very easily.
Example: He makes me nervous - he's got such a quick temper.
quick as a dog can lick a dish
Defined: If you do something surprisingly fast, you do it as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
Example: He packed his bag as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
(no) quick fix
Defined: To say that there is no quick fix to a problem means that there is no simple solution.
Example: There is no quick fix for unemployment; major reforms are necessary.
quick off the mark
Defined: If someone is quick off the mark, they are quick to react to an event or take advantage of an opportunity.
Example: You've got to be quick off the mark when stores announce special offers.
quick/slow on the uptake
Defined: Someone who is quick or slow on the uptake is quick or slow to understand what is meant.
Example: Please explain the problem in simple words - I'm a bit slow on the uptake!
quiet as a mouse
Defined: When someone is as quiet as a mouse, they make no noise at all.
Example: The burglar was a quiet as a mouse as he moved around the house.