Drop in the ocean
A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.
Drop someone a line
If you drop someone a line, you send a letter to them.
Drop the ball
If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let
something go wrong.
Drunk as a lord
(UK) Someone who is very drunk is as drunk as a lord.
Dry as a bone
If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
If something or someone is having a dry spell, they aren’t being as successful as they normally are.
(USA) If something is duck soup, it is very easy.
Duck to water
If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
Ducks in a row
(USA) If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.
Dull as ditchwater
(UK) If something is as dull as ditchwater, it is incredibly boring. A ditch is a long narrow hole or trench dug to contain
water, which is normally a dark, dirty colour and stagnant (when water turns a funny colour and starts to smell bad). (In
American English,’things are ‘dull as dishwater’.)
(UK) Dunkirk spirit is when people pull together to get through a very difficult time.
If something is sold by setting a price, then reducing it until someone buys it, it is sold in a Dutch auction. It can also
mean that something is changed until it is accepted by everyone.
Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
Dwell on the past
Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.
If someone is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of a political party, etc, they support them totally, without any questions.
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Face like thunder
If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
Face the music
If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
If you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
Facts of life
When someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
Fair and square
If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
Fair crack of the whip
(UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair shake of the whip
(USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Drop in the ocean