Reading set "Random idiom flashcards set to learn" (Number of items 10)

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call in question

To say (something) may be a mistake; express doubt about; question.
Bill called in question Ed's remark that basketball is safer than football.
Categories:call doubt verb

beyond question

beyond question (1)  {adj. phr.}
Not in doubt certain; sure. — Used in the predicate.
People always believe anything that Mark says; his honesty is beyond question.
Contrast: IN QUESTION.
Categories:adjective doubt

money is no object

money is no object  {informal sentence}
The price of something is irrelevant.
Please show me your most beautiful mink coat; money is no object.
Categories:informal money

put one's foot down

put one's foot down  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To take a decided stand; be stubborn in decision.
John didn't want to practice his piano lesson, but his teacher put his foot down.
When it came to smoking pot at parties, our parents put their foot down.
Categories:foot informal verb

pass up

pass up  {v.}
To let (something) go by; refuse.
Mary passed up the dessert because she was on a diet.
John was offered a good job in California, but he passed it up because he didn't want to move.
Compare: TURN DOWN.

with bad grace

In an unpleasant or discourteous way; unwillingly.
Fred takes defeat with bad grace.
Tom shouted "Hello" to Bill. Bill was in a sour mood and replied with a bad grace.
Categories:adverb mood

pipe down

pipe down  {v.}
1. To call (sailors) away from work with a whistle.
He piped the men down after boat drill.
2.  {slang}
To stop talking; shut up; be quiet.
"Oh, pipe down," he called.
- Often considered rude.
Categories:rude slang verb

get hold of

get hold of  {v.}
1. To get possession of.
Little children sometimes get hold of sharp knives and cut themselves.
2. To find a person so you can speak with him.
Mr. Thompson spent several hours trying to get hold of his lawyer.
Categories:children verb


sawed-off  {adj.},  {informal}
Shorter than usual; small of its kind.
The riot police carried sawed-off shotguns.
Jimmy was a sawed-off, skinny runt.
Categories:adjective informal


pigeonhole  {v.}
1. To set aside; defer consideration of.
The plan was pigeonholed until the next committee meeting.
2. To typecast; give a stereotypical characterization to someone.
It was unfair of the committee to pigeonhole him as a left-wing troublemaker.