Idioms and their meanings





quake in one’s boots

– to be afraid, to shake from fear

I was quaking in my boots when my boss told me to come to his office.

queer as a three-dollar bill

– to be very strange

The woman is the strangest person that I have ever met. She is as queer as a three-dollar bill.

quick and dirty

– fast and cheap, fast and careless

The method that the company chose to cut expenses was quick and dirty.

quick as a flash

– very quickly

I left the house as quick as a flash and went to work.

quick as a wink

– very quickly

The woman turned around and quick as a wink her purse was stolen.

quick as geased lightning

– very quickly, very fast

The cat climbed up the tree as quick as greased lightning.

quick on the draw

– to be able to respond to something quickly, to be quick to draw a gun and shoot

The man is quick on the draw and can answer most questions very quickly.

quick on the trigger

– to be quick to respond to something, to be quick to draw a gun and shoot

The man was too quick on the trigger and should have thought more carefully about what he was going to do.

quick on the uptake

– to be quick to understand something

The student is quick on the uptake and understands most scientific theories quickly.

quiet as a mouse

– very quiet, shy and silent

The little boy was quiet as a mouse as he moved around the kitchen.

quite a bit

– much or many

I had quite a bit of time so I went to the library.

quite a few

– many

The boy has quite a few DVDs at home.

quite a lot

– much or many

There are quite a lot of people in the meeting hall.

quite a number

– much or many

Quite a number of the teachers agreed to use the new textbooks.

quite a (something)

– definitely something

The girl is quite a pianist and everybody loves her.

quote a price

– to state in advance the charge for doing or supplying something

I asked the moving company to quote a price to move our furniture.