Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter B

–  Adjectival Phrases – Letter B  –


  • (a) Ball-Park (estimate/figure) – This is a phrasal adjective which comes from the world of baseball.  The “Ball Park” is the area that the players play in.  Usually used with the words “estimate” or “figure”, this phrase means:  An estimate/figure that is very rough and understood to be not exact with the possibility of being pretty far of.  It is used before there is enough information to formulate a more exact figure…  It is used because sometimes a player hits the ball, and it doesn’t go where he would want it to, but it’s still “in the *ball park*” so it’s not completely bad.  The same thing sometimes happens in business.

  • (one’s) Batteries Are Dead – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase that, used figuratively, means that one no longer has any energy; that he or she is very tired – either physically or mentally…

“I had such a hard day, my batteries are completely dead!”  –  (Notice also that this phrase is separable  –  See Also:  “To Recharge One’s Batteries”)

  • 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) Have Brass Balls – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective which is used to mean that someone is gutsy, arrogant, cocky and basically stupid.  People who are all of those things usually and mistakenly think that to have brass balls means that they are manly and brave.  This is because they are not afraid to do stupid things, but they’re wrong…  (because they’re stupid.)  Ultimately, it’s not that other people are afraid to do these stupid things – it’s just that they are smart enough to know that, to do so would be…  well…  stupid. 😀

  • (to be) Mind-Boggling – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe something (usually something seen or heard) that is so amazing or surprising (either for “good” or “bad”) that is causes one to be so confused that he or she is not able to formulate his or her thoughts for a moment…

“The amount of money that Mark Zuckerberg has made from a free website is just mind-boggling!”

  • (to) Tick All The Boxes –This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Verb Phrase.  Though the word “tick” is a verb, this is not describing an action.  Instead it is using the idea of an action to describe the thing.  “Ticking Boxes” is something that is done in a check-list to ensure that something meets all requirements or is up to specification…  So to say that something “Ticks All The Boxes” means that whatever is being described has all of the things necessary to fulfill certain requirements.  –  (See Also: “(to) Hit/Punch/Push All the Right Buttons“)


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