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Thursday, 5 May 2016

List of Idioms beginning with J


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List of Idioms beginning with J

Jack Frost - If everything has frozen in winter, then Jack Frost has visited
Jack the Lad - A confident and not very serious young man who behaves as he wants to without thinking about other people is a jack the land 
Jack-of-all-trades- A jack-of-all-trades is someone that can do many different jobs
Jam on your face - If you say that someone has jam on their face, they appear to be caught, embarrassed or found guilty
Jam tomorrow - This idiom is used when people promise good things for the future that will never come
Jane Doe - Jane Doe is a name given to an unidentified female who may be party to legal proceedings, or to an undefined person in hospital, or dead. John Doe is the male equivalent
Jekyll and Hyde - Someone who has a Jekyll and Hyde personality has a pleasant and a very unpleasant side to the character
Jersey justice - Jersey justice is very severe justice
Jet set - Very wealthy people who travel around the world to attend parties or functions are the jet set
Jet-black - To emphasize just how black something is, such as someone's hair, we can call it jet-black
Job's comforter - Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a job comforter
Jobs for the boys - Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys
Jockey for position - If a number of people want the same opportunity and are struggling to emerge as the most likely candidate, they are jockeying for position
Jog my memory- If you jog someone's memory, you say words that will help someone trying to remember a thought, event, word, phrase, experience, etc.,
John Doe- John Doe is a name given to an unidentified male who may be party to legal proceedings, or to an undefined person in hospital, or dead. Jane Doe is the female equivalent
Joe Public - Joe Public is the typical, average person
Johnny on the spot - A person who is always available; ready, willing, and able to do what needs to be done. ('Johnny-on-the-spot' is also used)
Johnny-come-lately - A Johnny-come-lately is someone who has recently joined something or arrived somewhere, especially when they want to make changes that are not welcome
Join the club - Said when someone has expressed a desire or opinion, meaning "That viewpoint is not unique to you". It can suggest that the speaker should stop complaining since many others are in the same position. Example: "If this train doesn't come, I'll be late for work!" "Join the club!"
Joined at the hip - If people are joined at the hip, they are very closely connected and think the same way
Judge, jury and executioner - If someone is said to be the judge, jury, and jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose
Juggle frogs - If you are juggling frogs, you are trying to do something bery difficult
Jump down someone's throat - If you jump down someone's throat, you criticise or chastise them severely
Jump on the bandwagon - If people jump on the bandwagon, they get involved in something that has recently become very popular
Jump ship - If you leave a company or institution for another because it is doing badly, you are jumping ship
Jump the broom - To jump the broom is to marry. (Jump over the broom, Jump over the broomstick, Jump the broomstick is also used)
Jump the gun - If you jump the gun, you start doing something before the appropriate time
Jump the track - Jumping the track is suddenly changing from one plan, activity, idea, etc, to another
Jump through hoops - If you are prepared to jump through hoops for someone, you are prepared to make great efforts and sacrifices for them
Jump to a conclusion - If someone jumps to a conclusion, they evaluate or judge something without a sufficient examination of the facts
Jumping Judas! - An expression of surprise or shock
Jungle out there - If someone says that it is a jungle out there, they mean that the situation is dangerous and there are no rules
Jury's out - If the jury's out on an issue, then there is no general agreement or consensus on it.
Just around the corner - If something is just around the corner, then it is expected to happen very soon
Just coming up to - If the time is just coming up to nine o'clock, it means that it will be nine o'clock in a very few seconds. You'll hear them say it on the radio in the morning
Just deserts - If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve
Just for the heck of it - When someone does something just for the heck of it, they do it without a good reason
Just for the record - If something is said to be just for the record, the person is saying it so that people know but does not necessarily agree with or support it.
Just in the nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare
Just off the boat - If someone is just off the boat, they are naive and inexperienced
Just what the doctor ordered - If something's just what the doctor ordered, it is precisely what is needed
Justice is blind - Justice is blind means that justice is impartial and objective


Click on each letter of the alphabet to get the list of the idioms with an explanation of each.

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