Friday, February 1, 2013

English Language Idioms that start with "B" part 2

Be that as it may - Be that as it may is an _expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.

Be up the spout - (UK) If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant.

Bean counter - A bean counter is an accountant.

Beard the lion in his own den - If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.

Beat about the bush - If someone doesn't say clearly what they mean and try to make it hard to understand, they are beating about (around) the bush.

Beating a dead horse - (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.

Beck and call - Someone who does everything for you, no matter when you ask, is at your beck and call.

Bedroom eyes - Someone with bedroom eyes has a sexy look in their eyes.

Bee in your bonnet - If someone is very excited about something, they have a bee in their bonnet.

Bee's Knees - If something is the bee's knees, it's outstanding or the best in its class.

Beeline for - If you make a beeline for a place, you head there directly.

Behind closed doors - If something happens away from the public eye, it happens behind closed doors.

Behind someone's back - If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without telling them.

Behind the times - Someone that is behind the times is old-fashioned and has ideas that are regarded as out-dated.

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