Learn Useful Personal Names Idioms with Examples and Definitions in English.
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Not Know Jack
- Meaning: Not know anything
- Example: Jason claims to have a lot of programming experience, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know jack about databases.
The Real McCoy
- Meaning: A genuine item
- Example: Be careful-there are a lot of counterfeit coins at the show. But this silver dollar is the real McCoy.
No Names, No Pack Drill
- Meaning: By not accusing anyone specifically, I may avoid trouble.
- Example: Some women I know – no names, no pack drill – will judge a man purely by the size of his bank account.
Any Tom, Dick or Harry
- Meaning: Any ordinary person
- Example: I wouldn’t give this job to any Tom, Dick, or Harry. I chose you because you have a talent for this kind of work.
Useful Personal Names Idioms
Rob Peter to Pay Paul
- Meaning: Pay off a debt with another loan; solve a problem in such a way that it leads to a new problem
- Example: My brother is addicted to drugs. He’s broke, robbing Peter to pay Paul – he’s really in trouble.
On the Fritz
- Meaning: Not working properly
- Example: The machine is on the fritz – we’re going to have to sort the cans by hand.
Jack of All Trades
- Meaning: A person with a wide variety of skills
- Example: He’s a jack of all trades – he’ll fix your car and then come in and program your computer.
- Meaning: Owing nothing; tied (in a game)
- Example: There, I paid you the last two dollars I owe you. Now we’re even-steven.
(Between) Buckley’s and Nunn
- Meaning: Almost nil
- Example: Your chances of getting vacation time this summer are between Buckley’s and Nunn.