Idioms – Letter E

–  Idioms – Letter E  –


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  • (to be) At Ease – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Prepositional-Phrase which means:  “To be comfortable, calm and relaxed”.  Generally, the opposite to being “stressed”…

“Having all my work done early and knowing that I was prepared for the meeting really put me at ease.”


  • (to be) Cutting Edge – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Adjective which is usually used to describe things such as some piece of technology or a process for doing something (usually in business or industry).  It describes something which is not only new, but is a great advancement on previously know products, or processes…

“When the on-line book-seller Amazon.com released it’s Kindle ebook, it’s “e-ink” technology was cutting edge as it did not utilize any light and provided an almost book-like experience on an electrical device.”


  • Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining” This Idiomatic Aphorism can also be classified as an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying, to express that…  every “bad” or un-pleasant situation has an aspect of something beneficial or advantageous.  This phrase is usually used to describe a situation which is happening or has already happened – or as a reminder to someone who is experiencing (or is about to experience) an un-pleasant situation – so that the person can perceive the circumstances with a more optimistic attitude.  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • (to be) On Edge – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal Adjective which is used to describe when a person is dealing with a lot of anxiety and because of this, that person is moody, excitable, and easily upset.  It is possible that the phrase comes from an excited person being “on the edge of their seat” which is another similar phrase which can be both literal and idiomatic, and describes when a person is in a very similar situation..

“The new boss has got everyone on edge because she is not only giving us a lot of extra work, but she is constantly asking us how to do her job as well!”


  • (to) Raise A Few Eyebrows – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe the result of the actions or words of another when met with dis-approval.  This phrase comes from the expression on some peoples’ faces when they see or hear something that they think is questionable or just plain weird…

“Although many people laughed at the best man’s speech, a lot of the older guests did not appreciate his language or the inside jokes and his comments about the bride raised a few eyebrows.”


  • The Elephant In The Room – This is an Idiomatic Metaphorical Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to refer to some point or some “thing” which should be plainly obvious, is almost always a problem, or absolutely should be addressed, but everyone seems to ignore and will pretend it’s not there – even to the point that they will actually develop a blindness and defense to it, so that pointing “it” out to them, will cause them to become defensive and even confrontational if one does point it out…

“It is amazing to me that almost no one seems to recognize or acknowledge that a gerund is NOT a verb-form, but is actually a phrase which is in reference to an action but is used as a subject with-in a sentence – and therefore acts as a noun.  This is a perfect example of an elephant in the room, because even when pointing is out to other teachers, they will just say,  ‘Well, that is what the text-book says, so that’s what we teach.’…  Idiots!”


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