Idioms Starting with the Letter A
- ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE
- To inflame or worsen a bad situation.
Max was already upset. Your teasing him just added fuel to the fire.
- ADD UP
- To make sense; to be consistent (usually negative)
John's excuse for not completing his homework just doesn't add up.
- AGAINST THE GRAIN
- Contrary to what is expected or preferred.
Mary has a difficult time getting along with others as she is inclined to go against the grain in everything she does.
- AHEAD OF ONE'S TIME
- In advance of current ideas and trends.
Some people describe Albert Einstein was a physicist ahead of his time.
- ALL EARS
- Listening intently; eager to hear something.
So, you have some new gossip about Mary. I'm all ears.
- ALL FIRED UP
- Excited; highly enthusiastic
I'm really fired up about the party next week.
- ARM AND A LEG
- A very high cost; a large amount of money.
Many people are complaining that gas costs an arm and a leg nowadays.
- AT THE END OF ONE'S ROPE
- At the limit of one's patience.
Mary is at the end of her rope with Max. She can't take his nagging any longer.
- AT THE TOP OF ONE'S LUNGS
- In an extremely loud voice.
Max called out to Mary at the top of his lungs, but she didn't hear him.