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This common phrase is thought to have originated in response to game hunting in Britain. While hunting birds, participants would beat bushes in order to draw out the birds.

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Therefore, they were beating around the bush before getting to the main point of the hunt: Taylor was being too loud in class, so I read her the riot act.

This idiom most likely comes from the list of english idioms Riot Act, an act passed by the British government in to prevent unruly assemblies. In the 18th century King George I and the government were fearful of being overthrown by supporters of the previous Stuart dynasty.

If crowds of more than 12 assembled, authorities could read list of english idioms a portion of the Riot Act, upon which they must leave or be imprisoned. To leak a secret Example: When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.

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A result that is still unclear and can go either way. Actions Speak Louder Than Words: It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.

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List of english idioms Fuel To The Fire: Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is. Rushed and short on time.

All Bark And No Bite: All Greek to me: Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be. All In The Same Boat: When everyone is facing the same challenges.

An Arm And A Leg: A large amount of money.

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An Axe To Grind: To have a dispute with someone. Let the cat out of the list of english idioms To share information that was previously concealed Make a long story short Come to the point - leave out details Method to my madness An assertion that, despite one's approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.

Miss the boat This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance Not a spark of decency Meaning: No manners Not playing with a full deck Someone who lacks intelligence. Crazy, demented, out of list of english idioms mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.