English Idioms

Turn the crack

If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.

Man Of God

A man of God is a clergyman.

Have a trick up your sleeve

If you have a trick up your sleeve, you have a secret strategy to use when the time is right.

Kicked to touch

Touch is a zone of the playing field in Rugby. Kicked to touch means the ball was put safely out of play. Idiomatic usage usually means a person has deftly avoided an issue in argument.

Catch hell

If you catch hell, you get into trouble or get scolded. ('Catch heck' is also used.)

Man of letters

A man of letters is someone who is an expert in the arts and literature, and often a writer too.

Every nook and cranny

If you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something.

Quitters never win; winners never quit

If you quit you will never get what you want, but if you keep trying you will find a way to get what you want. ('Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots' is a variation accredited to Larry Kersten)

Justice is blind

Justice is blind means that justice is impartial and objective.

No pain, no gain

Achievements require some sort of sacrifice.