Idioms and their meanings





vanish into thin air

– to disappear without leaving a trace

The university student vanished into thin air and was never seen again.

variety is the spice of life

– life is made more interesting by doing new or different things

My grandmother believes that variety is the spice of life and is always starting new projects.

vent one’s spleen

– to get rid of one’s angry feelings

I was able to vent my spleen at the manager of our apartment for the problems that she was causing.

verge on (something)

– to come close or approach something

The accident verged on becoming a major disaster.

very last

– the end of something

We were able to buy the very last tickets to the concert.

very thing

– the exact thing that is required

The new sofa was the very thing that we needed to make our house comfortable.

very well

– agreed, all right

“Very well, if you want me to go I will go with you.”

vicious circle

– an unbroken sequence of cause and effect with bad results

The man had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.

vim and vigor

– energy and enthusiasm

Our great aunt is always full of vim and vigor when we see her.

vote down (something) or vote (something) down

– to defeat something in a vote

The proposal to extend the opening hours of nightclubs was voted down in the election.

vote of confidence

– a vote to see if a person or political party still has the majority’s support

The government received a vote of confidence when everyone supported their new proposal.

vote of thanks

– a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker or organizer

The speaker received a vote of thanks from the audience.

vote with one’s feet

– to show that you do not like something by leaving

Many of the citizens voted with their feet and began to move to another city.