Idioms - U, Page 1

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ugly as sin

Defined: This expression is used to refer to people or things that are considered to be very unattractive.
Example: Have you seen the new neighbour's dog? It's as ugly as sin!

uncharted waters

Defined: If you are in uncharted waters, you are in a situation that you have never experienced before, so you don't know what's going to happen.
Example: In some countries, democracy is an adventure into uncharted waters.

under one's belt

Defined: If you have something under your belt, you have acquired experience or have satisfactorily achieved something.
Example: You've got to have some work experience under your belt before you can hope to get a permanent job.

under close scrutiny

Defined: Someone or something that is under (close) scrutiny is being watched or examined carefully.
Example: The police are keeping the suspect under close scrutiny.

under the knife

Defined: If a person goes under the knife, they have surgery.
Example: I'm not worried about the anaesthetic. I've been under the knife several times.

under your thumb

Defined: If someone is under your thumb, they are completely under your control or influence.
Example: Nobody ever protests. He has the whole group under his thumb.

under the weather

Defined: If you are under the weather, you are not feeling very well.
Example: You look a bit under the weather. What's the matter?

unmitigated disaster

Defined: An unmitigated disaster is a complete failure or a total catastrophe.
Example: The organization of the tournament was an unmitigated disaster!

until hell freezes over

Defined: If you tell someone that they can do something until hell freezes over, you mean that they can do it forever but they won't obtain what they want.
Example: You can ask until hell freezes over; I will not allow you to go bungee-jumping!

unvarnished truth

Defined: If you present someone with plain facts, without trying to embellish or soften the reality, you give them the unvarnished truth.
Example: Tell me how the accident happened, and I want the unvarnished truth.

up and about/p>

Defined: If someone is up and about, they are out of bed or have recovered after an illness.
Example: She was kept in hospital for a week but she's up and about again.

up/down one's alley

Defined: If something is (right) up or down your alley, it is exactly the sort of thing that will suit your tastes or abilities.
Example: Alex loves reading, so a job in a bookshop is right up his alley.

on the up and up

Defined: If you are on the up and up, you are becoming increasingly successful.
Example: The architect has been on the up and up since he designed a building in Dubai.

up in arms

Defined: If you are up in arms about something, you are very angry.
Example: The population was up in arms over the demolition of the old theatre.

up in the air

Defined: If something, such as a plan or decision, is up in the air, it has not been decided or settled yet.
Example: I can't give you a definite answer yet; the project is still up in the air.

up for grabs

Defined: If something is up for grabs, it is available for anyone who wants to compete for it.
Example: You should enter the competition - there's $20000 in prizes up for grabs.

up-to-the-minute

Defined: Something that is up-to-the-minute is the very latest or most recent version available.
Example: The internet is the best place to find up-to-the-minute news.

up to no good

Defined: When someone is up to no good, they are doing or planning something bad or wrong.
Example: When the shopkeeper saw the boys hiding behind a car, he suspected they were up to no good.

up to par

Defined: If something is up to par, it meets the required standard.
Example: He didn't get the job because his English wasn't up to par.

up and running

Defined: If a business or a project is up and running, it has started and is fully operational.
Example: In some countries you can have a company up and running in a very short time.

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