Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example – She’s the breadwinner in the family.
Break a leg
This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
If you break even, you don’t make any money, but you don’t lose any either.
If you break ground, or break new ground, you make progress, taking things into a new area or going further than
anyone has gone before. ‘Ground-breaking’ is used an adjective.
Break the ice
When you break the ice, you get over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time
and start conversing.
Break your duck
(UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time.
Break your heart
If someone upsets you greatly, they break your heart, especially if they end a relationship.
Breathe down your neck
If someone follows you or examines what you’re doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
Breathe your last
When you breathe your last, you die.
Bright as a button
A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
If someone’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
Brighten up the day
If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
Bring a knife to a gunfight
If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
Bring home the bacon
A person who brings home the bacon earns the money that a family live on.
Bring someone to book
If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.
Bring the house down
Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
If something is described or defined with broad stokes, then only an outline is given, without fine details.
When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by
flattering them, they are brown nosing.
If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
Brush under the carpet
If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
Bull in a China shop
If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
Bun in the oven
If a woman has a bun in the oven, she is pregnant.
Bundle of nerves
Someone who is a bundle of nerves is very worried or nervous.
Burn the candle at both ends
Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their
Burn the midnight oil
If you stay up very late working or studying, you burn the midnight oil.
Burn your bridges
If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.