Idioms related to clothes and clothing



Idioms related to clothes and clothing


Idioms are phrases or common expressions which usually have figurative but sometimes also literal meaning. Check out our list of common idioms related to clothes and clothing.


Air one’s dirty laundry in public

Meaning: to talk about your personal problems and quarrels or argue in front of others

Example: Stop fighting you two, no one wants to hear you airing your dirty laundry in public.


All talk and no trousers

Meaning: someone who talks about doing big things but doesn’t do anything

Example: I told you Eric is all talk and no trousers. He was bragging that he’ll ask Jenny put and he didn’t even say ‘hi’ to her.


At the drop of a hat

Meaning: to do something immediately

Example: Ann was always ready to help at the drop of a hat.


Below the belt

Meaning: beyond what is socially acceptable behavior

Example: Asking her about her mother’s sickness was below the belt.


Bursting at the seems

Meaning: to be very full during a meal, for a place to be overcrowded, or in relation to clothes that don’t fit

Example: Wow, this club is so packed it’s bursting at the seams.


Caught with one’s pants down

Meaning: to be exposed in an embarrassing situation or when you’re not prepared

Example: I was expecting the meeting to be next week and I was caught with my pants down when the boss asked me about my project.


Cut from the same cloth

Meaning: said about people who are similar

Example: When I talked to her for the first time I knew we were cut from the same cloth.


Dressed to the nines

Meaning: to wear your best clothes/outfit

Example: I’m dressed to the nines whenever I go on a date, it makes me feel more confident.


Fit like a glove

Meaning: about something that is the right size

Example: I though the wedding dress I chose would need some adjustments, but it fits me like a glove.


Hand in glove with someone

Meaning: to have an extremely close relationship with someone

Example: John is my closest coworker we do everything hand in glove.


Have a card up one’s sleeve

Meaning: to have a planned strategy to use when the right time comes

Example: During negotiation I like to have a card up my sleeve.


Have ants in one’s pants

Meaning: to be nervous or excited about something

Example: Kylie’s got ants in her pants, she can’t wait for the trip.


Have deep pockets

Meaning: to be wealthy

Example: The mayor has deep pockets, he can afford a car like that.


Off the cuff

Meaning: without any preparation

Example: You shouldn’t make public remarks off the cuff.


Pull up one’s socks

Meaning: to try harder at something

Example: You have been slacking off, it’s time to pull your socks up and pass all the exams.


Put a sock in it

Meaning: to stop talking

Example: Put a sock in it, we can’t hear what they’re saying in the movie.


Put one’s thinking cap on

Meaning: to think hard about something

Example: I don’t have an idea for a gift for Janice, I need to put my thinking cap on and come up with something good.


Roll up one’s sleeve

Meaning: prepare to work hard

Example: This semester is going to be hard, we need to roll up our sleeves and get through it.


Wear the trousers

Meaning: to be in charge

Example: Gina wears the trousers in their relationship.


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