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List of human body parts idioms beginning with U and meanings

How the idioms are listed

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.

How do I use the list of human body parts idioms A to Z?

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Human body parts idioms beginning with U

take (someone's) breath away

- to overwhelm someone with beauty or grandeur, to cause someone to be out of breath

The beauty of the mountain lake took my breath away.

take (someone's) pulse

- to measure the frequency of the beats of a person's pulse

The ambulance driver took the pulse of the woman.

tan (someone's) hide

- to spank or beat someone

The angry mother threatened to tan her child's hide.

taste blood

- to be able to harm an opponent and therefore want to try to do even more harm

I could taste blood when I discovered the weak points of my opponent.

tear (someone) limb from limb

- to attack someone in a violent way

The dogs attacked the cat and tore it limb from limb.


- insensitive, not easily upset or hurt

You must be thick-skinned if you decide to get involved in politics.


- easily upset or hurt, very sensitive

My friend is thin-skinned and is always upset about something that someone says to her.

a thorn in (someone's) side

- a constant bother or annoyance to someone

The teacher is a thorn in the principal's side and is always complaining about something.

throw one's weight around

- to give orders, to attempt to boss people around

The new supervisor likes to throw his weight around the company.

time to catch one's breath

- enough time to relax or behave normally

I did not have time to catch my breath while I was getting ready for the convention.

to the bone

- entirely, to the core

I was wet to the bone after walking in the rain for two hours.

too rich for (someone's) blood

- to be too expensive for someone's budget

The holiday in the expensive resort was too rich for our blood so we did not go.

touch a raw nerve

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

The criticism from the supervisor touched a raw nerve in the secretary.

turn one`s back on (someone or something)

- to refuse to help someone who is in trouble or need

The woman turned her back on her friend when the friend asked her for money.

turn (someone`s) stomach

- to make someone feel sick, to disgust someone

The sight of the dead dog on the road turned my stomach.

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