List of human body parts idioms beginning with U and meanings
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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.
- 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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