Learn useful Idioms about Measurement in English with meaning and examples.
List of common Idioms about Measurement in English.
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- 1 (The) Whole Nine Yards
- 2 A Bit Much
- 3 A Cut Above
- 4 A Cut Below
- 5 A Good Deal
- 6 A Great Deal
- 7 A Hundred And Ten Percent
- 8 A Notch Above
- 9 A Stone’s Throw
- 10 A Tall Order
- 11 Above And Beyond
- 12 Along The Lines Of
- 13 Angle For
- 14 By a Whisker
- 15 I’ve Had It Up to Here
- 16 Larger Than Life
- 17 Move the Needle
- 18 On the Dot
- 19 Vicious Circle
(The) Whole Nine Yards
- Meaning: The entire amount; everything; all of something
- Example: Sandra does everything around the office: sales, secretarial work, personnel management – the whole nine yards.
Note: There is much debate over the origin of this idiom; no one really knows where it came from.
A Bit Much
- Meaning: More than is reasonable; a bit too much
- Example: You’re asking us to pay for your trip to Ibiza? That’s a bit much, don’t you think?
A Cut Above
- Meaning: Slightly better than
- Example: There are lots of good midsize cars on the market, but the Toyota Camry has been a cut above the others for many years.
A Cut Below
- Meaning: Inferior to; somewhat lower in quality than
- Example: American papayas are fine, but they’re a cut below those from southeast Asia.
A Good Deal
- Meaning: To a large extent, a lot
- Example: We’re going to have a good deal of trouble finishing the project this week. Too much new work has come in.
A Great Deal
- Meaning: To a very large extent
- Example: We’ve had a great deal of success with our Mexican food line-”people can’t get enough of the new dishes.
A Hundred And Ten Percent
- Meaning: More than what seems to be the maximum
- Example: Sheila really tries hard – she’s not brilliant, but she always gives 110 percent when she works on something.
Note: Often used with “give,” as in the example.
Useful Idioms about Measurement in English
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A Notch Above
- Meaning: Superior to; higher in quality
- Example: Most people believe that Ronda Rousey is more than a notch above other female MMA fighters.
A Stone’s Throw
- Meaning: A very short distance
- Example: You can come to my apartment before the game. It’s just a stone’s throw from the stadium.
A Tall Order
- Meaning: A difficult task
- Example: I can try, but completing the whole ad campaign by the end of the month is a tall order.
Above And Beyond
- Meaning: More than is expected or required
- Example: My son went above and beyond his duties, and he was rewarded with a promotion.
Along The Lines Of
- Meaning: In general accordance with, in the same general direction as
- Example: We can design the app along the ilnes of Twitter, but with expanded photo features.
- Meaning: Aim toward something, try to obtain something, often indirectly or secretly
- Example: Although the president had announced plans to retire, he angled for a second nomination behind the scenes.
Note: Used other than as an idiom: see angle,-Ž for.
By a Whisker
- Meaning: By a very short distance
- Example: The runner was far ahead for most of the race, but at the end she won only by a whisker.
I’ve Had It Up to Here
- Meaning: My patience is almost exhausted.
- Example: I’ve had it up to here with my husband’s drinking. I think I’m going to leave him.
Larger Than Life
- Meaning: Conveying a sense of greatness, imposing
- Example: When I was a child, my uncle seemed larger than life to me. Later I realized he was just an ordinary man.
Move the Needle
- Meaning: Have a measurable effect on something
- Example: We’re all hoping that the new product line will move the needle on sales – revenues have been flat lately.
On the Dot
- Meaning: Exactly; at an expected interval
- Example: I will pick you up at 3 on the dot. Don’t be late!
Note: “On the nose” is also used in North America.
- Meaning: A situation in which an attempt to solve a problem makes the original problem worse.
- Example: I’ve been borrowing money to pay my bills, but that just makes my credit rating worse, and my monthly payments increase. It’s a vicious circle.