Idiom Meanings

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Idiom meanings are sometimes easy to understand and sometimes they are very difficult. An idiom is a group of words whose meaning is different from the individual words if you looked them up separately in the dictionary.

This list of English idioms begin with the letter D! You can find other idioms here at the main page of idiom meanings on this site.

Note: Each idiomatic expression does not always start with the letter “D.” This list is organized to  include English idioms whose main subject or action word starts with the letter “D.” (The main word is written below in all capital letters. For example, DEPTH: this is an in-depth list of idiom meanings starting with the letter "D.")

Idiom meanings starting with letter "D"


shoot daggers at someoneto look at someone in a very angry way.  Example:  When my daughter told everyone I was celebrating my 70th birthday I shot daggers at her... read more


keep someone in the dark:  to not tell someone something or give them information they need.  Example:  I wish my boss would stop keeping me in the dark and be clear about... read more


bring someone up-to-date:  to give someone the most recent information about something. Example:  If you have time later I’ll bring you up-to-date  about the... read more

bring something up-to-date:  to make changes to something so that it includes the most recent information. Example:  Please add these new figures to the proposal to bring it... read more

keep (someone/something) up-to-date:  to continue giving or adding the most relevant information. Example:  I’d appreciate it if you'd keep me up-to-date on your... read more

to date:  to or until this time. Example:  To date we haven’t received any complaints about our new service... read more


dawn on someone:  to suddenly understand, to be clear to someone. Example:  It finally dawned on my wife that our youngest child was taking money from her purse... read more.


a day late and a dollar short:  not enough and too late to be of use. Example:  My boyfriend’s promises to finally spend more time with me were a day late and a dollar short so... read more

as plain as day:   very clear and easy to understand. Example:  If you don’t know how to use the machine read the directions. The manual is as plain as more

call it a day:  to finish something. Example:  We’ve been working for five hours and everyone's tired. I say let’s call it a more

day after day:  several days continuously repeated. Example:  Day after day I went to the Apple Store to try to get the new iPhone. After two weeks, I decided to order one more

day and night (night and day):  all of the time. Example:  I haven’t slept all week because my neighbor’s new baby cries day and more

day by day:  each day. Example:   Day by day he’s getting better but it will be several months before his leg is completely more

day in and day out:  every day repeatedly. Example:   He works day in and day out so I never see him more

from day one:  from the beginning. Example:   My husband hated my father from day one so spending time with my family is more

in this day and age:  at this time. Example:  In this day and age spending several dollars for a cup of coffee is not unusual but no one would do that 30 years more

just another day:  a day like every other day. Example:  It was just another day at school; the teachers were boring and the students didn’t more

late in the day:  happening almost too late. Example:  It was late in the day but we got to the store just before it more

make someone’s day:  to make someone very happy. Example:  My father sent my mother flowers and it really made her more

not someone’s day:  a difficult day with a lot of problems. Example:  It’s not my day.  There was lots of traffic, I was late for work, my boss yelled at me and I got a parking more

one day (some day):  a time in the future. Example:  One day you’ll make enough money to buy your own home and move out of more

save something for a rainy day:  to keep something for a future time when it will be needed.  Example:  I got a gift card for my birthday but I’m not going to use it now, more

save the day:  solving a big problem for someone. Example:  I was really sick and couldn’t study last night but my girlfriend saved the day  and wrote my English essay for more

the other day:  a recent time ago. Example:  The other day I saw my high school teacher and she’s doing more

at the end of the day:  after everything else has been considered, in the final analysis; finally. Example:  I can give suggestions but at the end of the day it's your more


in broad daylight:  in a way or place that anyone can see what’s happening. Example:  The kids threw eggs at the car in broad daylight  but surprisingly no one saw more

someone’s / something’s days are numbered:  someone or something will not exist or function in a short time from now. Example:  I’ve had these boots for three years and I more

has seen better days:  something is no longer in good condition. Example: My computer has seen better days so I’m thinking about getting a new more

one of those days:  a bad or difficult day. Example:   It’s not a good time to talk to her; she’s having one of those more

those were the days:  looking fondly at or happily remembering a time in the past. Example:  I really wish people would still send letters through the post—those were the more


dead set against something:  determined not to do or support something. Example:  I wanted my daughter to go to an Ivy League school but she was dead set against more

in the dead of winter:  during the coldest part of the winter. Example:  I hate waking up in the dark in the dead of winter  and having to get out of my warm more


a done deal:  a decision that has been reached. Example:  I thought going to the movies this evening was a done deal but now you say we're not going? more

a great deal (of something):  a large amount of something. Example:  I have a great deal of respect for my supervisor because she’s very honest and more

big deal:  something very important. Example:  Your lying to me is a big deal  and I’m not going to forget more

cut a deal:  to make a special agreement with someone. Example:  Let’s cut a deal. If you do my homework, I’ll clean your more


bore someone to death:  to not be interesting or be very boring to someone. Example:  The movie bored me to death  so I fell asleep in the more

love someone to death:  to care for someone very strongly. Example:  I loved him to death but he didn’t love me the same way so I stopped dating more

scare someone to death:  to really frighten someone. Example:  My husband’s drinking every single night is really scaring our kids to more

scared to death:  to be very frightened. Example:  My boyfriend is scared to death that my mother won’t like him but I know she more

tickled to death:  to be very amused or think something’s very funny. Example:  Our new puppy tickles us to death because he’s always doing something more


deck someone / something out:  to decorate something in a special way. Example:  Makeup, jewelry and a dress? Why are you all decked out tonight? more

Hit the deck:  to drop to the ground and lay down to avoid some type of danger. Example:  When we heard gunshots at the shopping mall everyone hit the more

stack the deck against someone:  to make arrangements so it’s very difficult for somebody to achieve something. Example:  I wanted to succeed at my new job but my more

clear the decks:  finish up less important tasks so that a more important project can be started. Example:  Our boss asked us to clear the decks because we have a more


in demand:  something that is needed or desired. Example:  What kinds of new graduates are in demand with private companies these days? more

on demand:  at any time something is needed. Example:  On international flights most movies are on demand  stays so it’s easy to be entertained when you more


make a dent in something:  to make some progress in something. Example:  I have to read a 653-page book for English and after reading for three hours, I hardly made a dent in more


in depth:  in great detail or completely. Example:  There are lots of guided bus tours that go to five or six different countries but I prefer to see one country in more

out of one’s depth:  not knowing a lot about something. Example:  I took several yoga classes at my gym but when I went to the yoga retreat I was out of my more


dog eat dog:  ruthless competition where people will do anything (even harm other people) to succeed at doing something. Example:  Good luck working in sales—I hear it's more

rain cats and dogs:  to rain heavily without stopping. Example:  I forgot my umbrella so I'll wait here at the office until it stops raining so hard—it's raining cats and dogs right more


in the doghouse:  in trouble or in a situation where someone is upset or angry with you for some reason. Example:  I forgot our anniversary so now I'm really in the more


drink like a fish:  to drink too much alcohol at one time. Example:  We're really concerned because Sam's been drinking like a fish  at least 4-5 nights each more


a drop in the bucket:  a very small or unimportant amount when compared to something else. Example:  The number of sit ups and pull ups you did today are just a more


get / have one's ducks in a row:  get well prepared or organized for something that's going to happen.  I highly recommend we get our ducks in a row before we travel to Africa... read more.


down in the dumps:  sad, unhappy, discouraged and/or depressed. Example:  We flew across the country for sunny weather but it's been raining the entire holiday and we all... read more

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