Sacred Cow: Somebody or something believed to be superior and above blame.
Safe pair of hands: A reliable person.
Safe sex: Sexual intercourse with the protection mechanisms such as condoms used.
Salad days: The days in one’s youth when he could be carefree.
Saved by the bell: Saved by an interruption at the eleventh hour (see Part E).
Savoir faire: Translated from French, meaning the ability to well deal with any situation.
Scot free: Completely free, without any consequences.
Sea change: A mystical change of circumstances. Arises from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Sex and shopping: A sort of novel or fiction in which the characters make a lot of sexual mating.
Sexton Blake: Fake. Cockney Rhyming slang
Shake a leg: To rise from bed.
Shank’s pony: Your own feet. Comes from the word ‘shank’, which is applied to the lower part of the leg.
Share and share alike: To share equally with all.
Shit for brains: Stupid.
Shot across the bows: A warning shot
A shot in the arm: a Stimulant.
A shot in the dark: An effort at something
Shoot through: To leave or pass quickly.
Shuffle off this mortal coil: To die.
Shut your cake hole: To be quiet.
Skin and blister: Sister. Cockney rhyming
Sleep tight: Sleep well
Smiling like a Cheshire cat: Broad smile
Smoke and mirrors: Trickery or deception
Sold down the river: Cheated
Sour grapes: Performing meanly after disappointment
Spend a penny: Go to the toilet.
Spill the beans: To divulge a secret.
Spitting image: A dead ringer or exact image.
Square meal: A big meal
Stand and deliver: Stop giving advice
Stand up guy: A reliable friend
Star crossed lovers: Unlucky lovers
Steal a march: To gain an advantage.
Sticky wicket: A difficult situation
A stone’s throw: A short distance
Stool pigeon: A police informer
Straight from the horse’s mouth: From the highest authority
Straining at the leash: To be enthusiastic at something
Strike a deal: To engage in a deal
Stump up: To pay a debt
Stumped: With no way to proceed
Survival of the fittest: The theory that the fittest survive in any area.
Swan song: A final gesture
Syrup of figs: Wig. Cockney Rhyming slang
More of the idioms and usages will be added in the coming days, as the post gets refinement. I am in the process of rewriting and refining some of the old posts in CuteWriting that attract high readership. This is a process in every blog, to deliver the best content and refine the content over time, to include links to any relevant posts made recently and to correct any unforeseen errors.
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