Idioms – Letter U

–  Idioms – Letter U  –


  • (to be) Beat Up – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe someone’s or something’s condition.  When two people get into a physical fight with the intent of actually hurting each other, usually the loser is “beat up”…  So to describe someone or something as “beat up” means that he, she, or it is in a bad condition and is in need of repair.  –  (See Also:  Beat Up” [phrasal verb])  –  Or…   Read Full Post Here

  • “Build The House From The Ground Up – This Idiomatic Aphorism can also be classified as a Saying, and can be turned into an Interjection and a Phrasal Verb – and is used to express the advice that:  When one is involved in some process or working on some project, that he or she needs to do things in the proper order, and start with the basic (referring to the “base” or foundation) necessities before doing other things which (though they may be more interesting) can only be beneficial after the foundational elements are firmly in place.  – Read the Full Post Here –  (See Also:  “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)

  • “Business As Usual – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrasal-Noun that can be used in a lot of different ways, but it is usually used to describe how “bad” things seem to keep happening over and over again (usually in business and politics.)

“The president was practically worshiped for his “prophecy” of “Change that People Can Believe In…”, but as we can all see, it’s just business as usual.”

  • (to) Catch Up On (Something) – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Phrasal Verb which is used to describe when one has not stayed “current” with something (information, sleep, watching one’s favorite TV show, etc.) and then needs to become current again (catch up on) with that information or activity…  “I was on vacation, and didn’t check my email for almost two weeks.  It’s going to take me at least a week to catch up on all the messages in my in-box.”

  • (to) Fall Under – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which is used to express that something is classified with-in a certain specific group.  The use of the words, “fall” & “under” can only be speculated but probably has to do with the visual representation of categorizing things withing lists that are written with a heading at the top for the category.  As-such, each “thing” that is listed (“falls”) in that category is done-so “under” the heading.

“This particular Phrasal-Verb falls under the category of those which have no clear explanation for their specific name.”

  • (to be) Fed Up (with someone/something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which can also be used as an Interjection – used to say that one has had too much of a certain un-desirable situation and will no longer tolerate it (although this is still usually ab bit of an exaggeration.)  “Fed” is the past tense of “feed”.  If someone feeds a person to the point that that person’s stomach is “filled up” then there is no more room for anymore…  In addition, when a person’s stomach is completely filled (or over-filled) then it becomes hard to breath and that person is very un-comfortable.  This can cause the person to be very upset.  similarly, when a person is fed up with something, they are usually not very happy about it.

  • (to) Pick Up The Slack – This is an Idiomatic Verb Phrase which means to do the work of another person strictly because that work is not being done, it is important, and the other person is being a “Slacker” or that he or she is at least “Slacking Off” in this situation.

  • (to be) Snowed Under – This is a phrasal adjective that means to be so incredibly busy, that one can do nothing else but to deal with that situation “at hand”.  Imagine behind in a snow storm that is so severe that it completely buries the door of your house, it will be nearly impossible to do anything else (that requires you leaving your house) than to deal with that situation.  That’s where this phrase comes from…

“I absolutely can not “take on” any more work right now.  I’m completely snowed under with the work I have.”

  • (to be) Stuffed Up – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to mean that one is experiencing “nasal congestion”…

“I can barely breath at all, my nose is completely stuffed up!”

  • (to) Tear It Up – Literally, this expression would probably be used to tear a piece of paper into many pieces.  However, as an prepositional idiomatic phrasal verb, it is used to mean:  To do something REALLY REALLY well.  This is a slang phrase which is popular in the world of music, and extreme sports…

“Though Daniel Radcliffe is known for his role as Harry Potter, he can actually tear it up as a rapper too!

“Tony Hawk is such an incredible skateboarder, that he still tears it up even though he is well into his fourties.

  • (to be) Under The Weather – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase used to describe when a person is not feeling very well, but is not necessarily sick from any virus or bacterial infection.  The phrase comes from the fact that many people feel this way when there is a drastic change in the weather – such as when the seasons change.  However, this phrase is often used by people as reason for not wanting to go to work

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