Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter H (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Adjectival Phrases – Letter H  –


  • (to be) At Home – This is an adjectival phrase which simply means that whoever or whatever it is describing is currently located at that person’s (or thing’s) home…  “Can I use your phone?”  >  “Nope, Ben has it?”  >  “Where’s he?”  > “*At home*.”  >  “So you left your phone *at home*?”  >  “No, I left it with Ben…  he just also happens to be *at home*.”

  • (to be) Hand-In-Hand – This is an adjectival phrase which is used (somewhat poetically) to describe when two people are holding hands in a romantic way…   “*Hand-in-hand*, they walked down the beach and while the sun set over the ocean.”

  • (to be) Hands On – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is usually used with the word “experience” to describe learn how to do something by actually doing it.  It can also be used to describe someone who likes to get involved with things directly rather than being a passive observer…  “The work-shop was great!  Not only did we learn all about the system, but we got some *hands-on* experience by implementing the many of the strategies.”  –  “Bob is a real *hands-on* kind of guy.  He’s not interested in just learning about things, he wants to experience it directly.”

  • (to) Have Eyes In/On The Back Of (one’s) Head – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe who seems to know about everything that is going on, even when it seems that the person is not paying attention…  As if the “Eyes In The Back Of (his or her) Head” allows him or her to see things when others do not think that he or she knows what is going on.

  • (to be) Head And Shoulders Above (another/others/the rest) – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is used to mean that someone is much better at something than another or others.  Imagine two people standing next to each other.  If one person is so much shorter than the other, that the top of that person’s head does not even com up to the shoulders of the other, then that person’s head and shoulders are above them…  This does not mean that the taller person is better, but most people would agree that the taller person is significantly taller (not just a little bit.)  So this phrase is used figuratively to mean that someone is significantly better than another…

“Tony Hawk was such an incredibly good skateboarder that, when he was still competing, he was head and shoulders above everyone else.”

  • (to have one’s) Head In The Clouds – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to describe when a person seems to be (either as a state of his or her personality, or just in a certain moment) in a fantasy world.  This phrase is usually used to describe people who are imaginative, happy, have wonderful ideas, dream big dreams and are optimistic about life in general – and this phrase is usually used by people who are jealous (although they will deny it vehemently) of these “dreamers”, and so they try to ruin that person’s state of being by bringing them down to their miserable existence rather than learning how to climb to the higher state of the one who is obviously a more advanced  being and a free individual.

  • (to be) In Hand – This is an adjectival phrase which means to that something is literally “in” one’s hands… “With sword *in hand*, and a fearless look in his eye, the warrior faced his enemy with nothing else in his mind than the ultimate victory that he was destined to achieve.”

  • (to be) Out-Of-Hand – This is an adjectival phrase which (unlike the phrase “In-Hand”) is used idiomatically to describe a situation which is or has gotten “out of control” or a bit chaotic…  “After everyone had had a few drinks and the boss started dancing on the conference-room table, things got a little *out-of-hand* and the office Christmas party turned into a full-on rave party.”

  • (to be) On Hold – When referring to telephone calls, this is the term used to mean that one is waiting to speak to whoever that person is calling.


–  ( Phrasal-AdjectivesLetter H )  –


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
%d bloggers like this: