Useful Personal Names Idioms, Phrases and Sayings

Personal Names Idioms, Phrases and Sayings! Learn useful personal names idioms with meaning, ESL picture and examples.

Names Idioms & Sayings

List of Idioms about Names

  • Not Know Jack
  • The Real McCoy
  • No Names, No Pack Drill
  • Any Tom, Dick or Harry
  • Rob Peter to Pay Paul
  • On the Fritz
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Even Steven
  • (Between) Buckley’s and Nunn

Personal Names Idioms with Meaning and Examples

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.

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.

Even Steven

  • 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.

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Last Updated on December 24, 2020

5 thoughts on “Useful Personal Names Idioms, Phrases and Sayings”

  1. They missed the term: “Living the life of Riley/Reilly” meaning living the good life without hard work, worries and (money) problems.

  2. The Real McCoy said to any tom, d**k or harry that he’s going to Rob Peter to pay Paul, and Jack of all trades, being on the Fritz said well now you are Even Steven. So Karen says to Stacey, stop being a Karen, thats between Buckleys and Nunn! Becky butts in and says no names, no pack drill, you do Not Know Jack, be careful, Karma’s a b***h! Light fingered Larry says stop being a Karen, you are already living the Life of Riley! 


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