at the behest of someone

idiom (1)
variants: or at someone's behest

Definition of at the behest of someone

 (Entry 1 of 8)

formal
: because of being asked or ordered by someone A special meeting will be held at the senator's behest.

at the pleasure of (someone)

idiom (2)

Definition of at the pleasure of (someone) (Entry 2 of 8)

used to say that something is done or can be done because someone wants it to be done I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as the president wants me to.

at the whim of (someone)

idiom (3)

Definition of at the whim of (someone) (Entry 3 of 8)

: when (someone) wishes, desires, or decides something often in a sudden way The shop is only open at the whim of the owner.

get back at (someone)

idiom (4)

Definition of get back at (someone) (Entry 4 of 8)

informal
: to do something bad or unpleasant to (someone who has treated one badly or unfairly) After he lost his job, he vowed that he would find a way to get back at his old boss.

put/stick two fingers up at someone

idiom (5)

Definition of put/stick two fingers up at someone (Entry 5 of 8)

British, informal
: to make an obscene gesture by holding up the index finger and the middle finger of one hand in the shape of a V while keeping the palm turned inward

stare at (someone)

phrasal verb
stared at (someone); staring at (someone); stares at (someone)

Definition of stare at (someone) (Entry 6 of 8)

: to look steadily at (someone) We just sat and stared at each other. often used figuratively for something that should be apparent The solution was staring right at me but I didn't see it.

swing at (someone or something)

idiom (6)

Definition of swing at (someone or something) (Entry 7 of 8)

: to try to hit (someone or something) by moving something She swung her purse at me. She swung at the ball but missed. He made a fist and swung at me for no reason.

throw oneself at (someone)

idiom (7)

Definition of throw oneself at (someone) (Entry 8 of 8)

informal
: to try too hard to attract the attention of (someone one is sexually attracted to) Stop throwing yourself at him. You'll look desperate.

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