Large list of clothes idioms that begin with H and their meanings
How each idioms is listed
There are 3 parts for each idiom the first part is what the idiom is, then there is an explanation of what the idiom means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.
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Clothes idioms beginning with H
hand in glove with (someone)
- very close with someone
The supervisor and manager work hand in glove to create a positive atmosphere in the company.
handle (someone) with kid gloves
- to handle someone very gently and carefully because you do not want to upset him or her
You must handle the new employee with kid gloves because he is very sensitive.
- a piece of clothing that is given to someone after another person does not need it
My father wore many hand-me-down clothes when he was a child.
hang on (someone's) coattails
- to have one's fortune or success depend on another person
The man is hanging on the coattails of his successful boss.
hang one's hat (somewhere)
- to live or take up residence somewhere
I want to go and hang my hat in a small town somewhere.
hang up one's hat
- to leave a job (usually after a long career)
The man decided to hang up his hat after forty years at his job.
have a bee in one`s bonnet
- to have a fixed idea that stays in one's mind
The woman has a bee in her bonnet about starting a new business.
have a card up one`s sleeve
- to have a secret advantage or strategy
I do not know the manager's plans but I think that he has a card up his sleeve and he will soon make an important announcement.
have an ace up one's sleeve
- to have something that you can use to gain an advantage (in a card game the ace is often the most valuable card and a cheater could have an ace up his or her sleeve to use against an opponent)
The workers were ready to go on strike but the company owners had an ace their sleeve and offered more money and stopped the strike.
have ants in one`s pants
- to be restless, to be nervous
The teacher told the boy that he was moving around like he had ants in his pants.
have on (something) or have (something) on
- to be wearing something
"What did the woman have on when you saw her?"
have (someone) in one's pocket
- to have control over someone
The large union has the city mayor in their pocket.
have (something) up one`s sleeve
- to have a secret plan or solution for something, to be ready for a time when something is needed
I do not know what my friend has up his sleeve but I am sure that he is planning to say something at the meeting.
hit (someone) below the belt
- to do something in an unfair or cowardly way
My friend was hitting below the belt when he criticized me after I told him my true feelings.
hot under the collar
- to be very angry
Our boss is hot under the collar today because three of the staff came late.
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