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List of human body parts idioms beginning with H and meanings

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There are 3 parts to each idioms the first part is what the idiom is, then an explanation of what it means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

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Human body parts idioms beginning with H

hard to stomach (someone or something)

- to be unable to accept something, to be unable to do something that you think is unpleasant or wrong

I find the attitudes of some of my classmates hard to stomach.

hardly have time to breathe

- to be very busy

I hardly had time to breathe while I was preparing for the barbecue.

hate (someone's) guts

- to hate someone very much

I think that my neighbor hates my guts. He will never say hello to me.

have a chip on one's shoulder

- to have a tendency to try to get into a conflict with others

Our supervisor has a chip on his shoulder and is not an easy person to work with.

have a frog in one's throat

- to have soreness in your throat that prevents you from talking well

I had a frog in my throat this morning before I left my house.

have a lump in one's throat

- to feel like there is something in your throat as if you were going to cry

The man had a lump in his throat during his daugher's graduation.

have broad shoulders

- to have the ability to work hard and take on responsibilities and accept criticism (because you are strong with broad shoulders)

The man has broad shoulders and does more than his share of work in our company.

have butterflies in one's stomach

- to have a feeling of fear or anxiety in one's stomach

The little boy had butterflies in his stomach when he gave the speech to the class.

have one's back to the wall

- to be in a defensive or difficult position

I have my back to the wall at work and I must deal with many problems.

have one's back up against the wall

- to be in a defensive or difficult position

The man has his back up against the wall and may have to quit his job soon.

have (someone's) blood on one's hands

- to be responsible for someone's death

The driver of the car had the passengers' blood on his hands after two people were killed in an accident.

have (someone's) hide

- to scold or punish someone (a hide is the skin of an animal)

The mother promised to have the little boy's hide if he did not behave well.

not have the stomach for (something)

- to have no desire to do something because you think that it is unpleasant or wrong

I do not have the stomach to talk with my friend about his work and financial problems.

head and shoulders above (someone or something)

- to be superior to someone or something

Our soccer coach is head and shoulders above the other coaches in the city.

hit a raw nerve

- to upset someone by talking about a subject that upsets or embarrasses him or her

It hit a raw nerve when my friend asked me about my former boyfriend.

hold one`s breath

- to stop breathing for a moment, to stop doing something and wait until something happens

I held my breath and waited to see if my name had been called for an interview with the movie company.

huff and puff

- to breathe very hard

I was huffing and puffing when I reached the top of the stairs.

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