Archives for posts with tag: head

This is post number 120.  I have borrowed an expression from cricket for its title.  I have made a practice of reviewing my posts every fortieth post.  My previous review posts are The story so far… and Looking back

Make do… Expressions including the words make or do.

…and mend Make do and mend is a way of living when resources are scarce.   This post is about sewing and related subjects.

Out of my depth – Sport (Part 3) More sports including swimming.  (I really know very little about sport – hence the title of this post.)

Up, up… Mostly about up and upward movement, but some surprises too.

…and away!  Phrases including away or the concept of going away.  Up, up and away is a phrase and a line of a song.

You’re welcome!  Expressions concerned with hospitality.

Soldiering on – War (Part 1) This is the first part in a series about words connected with war.  Soldiering on has come to mean working hard or getting on with life in spite of difficulties.

Let’s make a start – Work (Part 3) Continuing to collect work-related phrases.

Marching orders – War (Part 2) Most of this post is about marching in the context of war.

It takes all sorts – People (Part 1) A collection of descriptions of types of people

In trouble and how others might respond.

Take aim – War (Part 3) More military terms including some where weapons are aimed.

Seasons – Weather (Part 3) Expressions about seasons and some folklore

Not my type – People (Part 2) Some of these characters are not pleasant

It’s criminal! Phrases connected with crime and dishonesty

Stage-struck!   A keen theatre-goer might be described as stage-struck.

Printed papers Books, newspapers and more vocabulary here.

Judge not… opinions and judgments

Playing fair a trip from fairness to excuses and beyond.

The Talk of the Town Expressions with town and some Cockney slang.

Lighting up words and phrase with connections to light.

Family – People (Part 3) Children and other people feature here

Crash, bang, wallop Noises

All Trades and None – People (Part 4)  Work and people’s characteristics.

Chance, perchance?  Words and phrases about gambling and what causes particular outcomes.

Success and failure Here I think the label is on the tin!

In sickness and in health Phrases and expressions about illnesses, accidents and traditional advice

Off… is the common word here.

…and on is here.  Off and on means sporadically or now and then.

Head first is about expressions with “head”.  A high-diver may intend to go head first, but for others it may be a painful mistake.

Heartening Is an equivalent post about heart.  Does your head rule your heart?

Mother knows best A collection of sayings, which were mostly used at one time or another by my Mum.  Do you use them?

Hot foot I was in a hurry to add this post about feet and legs.

Love story A short post about the language of love.

Hand in hand Shoulders, elbows, knuckles and fingers appear here.

Making history or keeping records.

Games children play From party games to role-play and more

Sit, walk, stand  Phrases connected to positions and actions.
Watchman Nee wrote a book called Sit, walk, stand which is about St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  If you have time the whole letter is short enough to read at a single sitting and contains a wealth of Christian teaching and some wonderful prayers.  If you have less time, click on the link to Ephesians 2.

Innards Blood, guts, skin – the parts which aren’t visible.  Innards means entrails.

I find it helpful to stop and look back from time to time.

Psalm 105:4-5 (NIV) Look to the Lord and his strength: seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced.

Banging your head against a brick wall is a metaphor for putting in a lot of effort but meeting with resistance.

Keep a civil tongue in one’s head means be polite.

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory.
This is possibly a misquotation from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 11:15.

She didn’t turn a hair means that she did not react, possibly in a situation where she should have been ashamed.

A stiff upper-lip is one which is not laughing, smiling or involved in sobbing.  British people used to be renowned for it.

Take it on the chin sounds as if “it” might be a punch.  This expression usually is advice about how to react to a disappointment.

Wipe the smile off your face may be an instruction to someone who is reacting inappropriately.  That will wipe the smile off your face could be a warning of unpleasantness ahead.

Poker-faced has nothing to do with fire-irons.  In the card game poker skilled players do not give away whether or not they have good cards.  Keeping a neutral expression on their face is part of their strategy.

Hot-headed means rash or impetuous.

He’s got his head screwed on is a saying about a sensible person.

Cut your teeth on…
…a teething ring?  Metaphorically this can be applied to someone’s early training in their work.

Teething troubles are things which go wrong at the start of new working practices or with new equipment, for example.

Through gritted teeth means reluctantly.  A clenched jaw is a similar expression.

Grit your teeth might be associated with grin and bear it.

Chin-wagging is chattering, nattering, gossiping or some other activity which involves exercising the lower jaw in speech.

Powdering one’s nose used to be a popular euphemism for the routine a lady might have before setting off on a journey home.

A honker and a hooter are slang words for nose.
Bash on the boko is an expression using another.  (The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang)

Follow your nose!  This is something we all do unless we are walking backwards or sideways like a crab.  It means just go straight ahead.  Perhaps it derives from following a smell.

Someone might turn their nose up at something.  This is an expression which implies that the owner of the nose ought to be more grateful.

What have you got between your ears?
A popular answer to this question about someone’s lack of common-sense or intelligence is “cotton-wool!”

Stiffnecked means obstinate or stubbornIt was applied to the people of Israel in the wilderness with Moses.  Exodus 32:9

I’ll wring your neck.
In my view this is an unacceptable threat unless the neck belongs to a fowl.

Don’t talk with your mouth full!
This is not just advice on manners.   Such behaviour may lead to choking or making a mess.  It also looks horrible.

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth is about being born into a wealthy family.

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings is a quotation from Psalm 8:2 which is quoted by Jesus in Matthew 21 verses 1-17.