2014 June

To Go Off On a Tangent

To Go Off On a Tangent   = to change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation     Ex:  Sorry “to go off on a tangent.” What were we originally talking about? Ex:  My college professor always “goes off on a tangent” about something, and forgets about teaching the lesson.  

Break the Ice

Break the Ice   = to make people who have not met before feel more relaxed with each other     Ex:  Everyone was quiet,  so I decided to “break the ice” by telling a joke. Ex:  After sitting in awkward silence for a few minutes, I “broke the ice” by talking about the weather. […]


Mullet   = popular 1980s haircut style     Ex:Business in the front.  Party in the back. That is a “mullet.” Ex:  When I look at school yearbooks from the 80s I can see so many people with “mullets.”  

Chicken Out

Chicken Out   = to stop from doing something because of fear or cowardice     Ex:  At the last minute, he “chickened out” on the plan, and went home.   Ex: I really wanted to kiss her, but I “chickened out.”    

On the Fence

On the Fence   = you can’t decide what to do, or what is best     Ex:  I don’t know who to vote for.  I’m still “on the fence.” Ex: I’m “on the fence” on whether or not to go on vacation or to save my money. I just can’t decide.  

For Christ’s/ God’s Sake

For Christ’s/ God’s Sake   = An expression of anger, frustration (literal meaning: in the name of or for Christ/God) *The nicer version is “for Pete’s sake”     Ex:  “For Christ’s sake,” it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and you’re still partying? Ex:  Are those people going to chat during the whole movie.  “Oh […]


S.O.B.   = Son Of (a) Bitch     Ex:  That “S.O.B.” just stole my wallet. Ex:  That stupid “S.O.B.” is driving like a crazy person.  

It Takes Two To Tango

It Takes Two To Tango   = both parties involved in a situation or argument are responsible for it     Ex:  You can’t only be mad at the married guy for sleeping with the random woman.  She is responsible too.  “It takes two to tango.” Ex:  I can’t take all the credit for the […]

Snap Out Of It

Snap Out Of It   = to stop experiencing something unpleasant or stop behaving in a negative way     Ex:  I was depressed for a long time and couldn’t “snap out of it.” Ex:  After the team lost 10 games in a row, they finally “snapped out of it” and won a game.   […]

Lay Off

Lay Off = give up or stop doing something for a while, leave something/somebody alone IMPORTANT NOTE: This is different than the term “layoff” = fired from job because the company is downsizing.     Ex:  I have to “lay off” the sweets and junk food if I want to fit in my old dress. […]