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Here are some common idioms based on clothes and clothing.


At the drop of a hat: (without advance notice)

She is there for anybody in need at the drop of a hat.

(have a) bee in one's bonnet: (something that is annoying someone)

John has a bee in his bonnet since this morning but he doesn’t tell me what is wrong with him.

below the belt: (beyond what is fair or socially acceptable)

His speech was good but there were somethings below the belt.

caught with one's pants down: (unprepared)

My colleagues caught me with my pants down, because I had forgotten all about the meeting.

(have a) card up one's sleeve: (to have a secret)

I think my boss has a card up his sleeve. He asked me to show up before everybody else.

buckle down: (work very hard)

our teacher said to buckle down for the test, cause that’s our final.

burn a hole in one's pocket: (the money that one is tempted to spend)

let’s go shopping. There is a hundred box in my bag burning a hole in my pocket.

fit like a glove: (fit perfectly)

Her dress fits me like a glove.

fine-tooth comb: (in great detail)

The police looked for fingerprints with a fine-tooth comb.

fly by the seat of one's pants: (without any plan)

I had no idea what to say in the conference. I had to fly by the seat of my pants.

handle with kid gloves: (treat delicately)

Please handle the TV set with kid gloves.

hand-me-down: (used clothes)

We buy hand-me-down skates because the kids' feet grow so quickly.

keep one's shirt on:(try to stay calm)

I know you're in a hurry, but please keep your shirt on.

keep something zipped: (keep something a secret)

We are going to sell the house but we are keeping it zipped.

put oneself in someone else's shoes: (imagine what it would be like to be in someone else's situation)

Put yourself in my shoes before you judge me.

roll up one's sleeves: (get down to hard work)

To help the needy man he rolled up his sleeves.

wear the trousers: (to be in charge)

In this house, I’m the one who wears the trousers.

wear one's heart on one's sleeve: (display emotions openly)

My Dad's not afraid to cry. He always wears his heart on his sleeve.


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