Appendix:Glossary of idioms – K
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popular and picturesque idioms in the English language: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
kangaroo loose in the top paddock
Denotes a person who is a little crazy.
stiff upper lip Global
To exercise self-restraint in the expression of emotion, especially fear or grief.
on the downlow USA (esp.
Ebonics and subculture) To keep (something) secret, to retain a state of privacy over a matter.
keep one's eyes peeled/open/skinned Global
Be observant and perceptive.
keep your nose clean USA
To stay out of trouble.
king of the castle; lord of the manor Global
A man who is in complete control of his home.
king of the hill USA
To be at the pinnacle of one's field.
killing a fly with an elephant gun Global
Using excessive power or thought to handle a small problem.
kill the goose that lays the golden eggs Global
To do away with, in one form or another, a source of benefit, intentionally or not.
kick the bucket Global
To die. Derived from the slaughter of pigs, the wooden block a pig was hung from during slaughter was referred to as a buque. Thus in the process of killing the pig, it would inevitably kick it.
kill two birds with one stone Global
Achieving two desirable effects with one process or action.
kick ass, kick butt AUS, USA
Punish harshly or defeat soundly; also used to express extreme approval of a situation - "this concert kicks ass."
kick ass and take names USA
Superlative version of the idiom "to kick ass."
knock on wood; touch wood Global
Knock on (or touch) unfinished wood to avert the bad luck evoked by making a confident statement (example: "I haven't been sick in twenty years, knock on wood.") By 'knocking on wood', the speaker hopes to prevent their remarkable good health from suddenly ending because they've bragged about it. The custom comes from the hope of evoking the care of spirits that live in trees (druids).
knock up USA
To make pregnant. A somewhat vulgar term.
kith and kin