according to one's lights

idiom (1)

Definition of according to one's lights

 (Entry 1 of 20)

formal
: according to one's idea of what is right You know my views on the matter; but of course you must act according to your (own) lights.

act one's age

idiom (2)

Definition of act one's age (Entry 2 of 20)

: to act in a way that is appropriate for a person of one's age You should learn to act your age.

a fight for one's life

noun phrase (1)

Definition of a fight for one's life (Entry 3 of 20)

: a struggle to stay alive She's in a fight for her life.

a figment of one's imagination

noun phrase (2)

Definition of a figment of one's imagination (Entry 4 of 20)

: something that one has imagined He insists that these dangers are real and not just a figment of his imagination.

after one's own heart

idiom (3)

Definition of after one's own heart (Entry 5 of 20)

used to say that someone has likes and dislikes similar to one's own When you brought chocolates I knew you were a woman after my own heart.

against one's advice

idiom (4)

Definition of against one's advice (Entry 6 of 20)

: despite the fact that one has advised someone not to (do something) Against my advice, she quit her job.

against one's better judgment

idiom (5)

Definition of against one's better judgment (Entry 7 of 20)

: contrary to what one thinks is best I agreed to let him join us, even though it was against my better judgment.

against one's will

idiom (6)

Definition of against one's will (Entry 8 of 20)

: by force He was being held against his will.

against one's wishes

idiom (7)

Definition of against one's wishes (Entry 9 of 20)

: despite the fact that one does not want someone to (do something) His parents were angry when they learned he had borrowed the car against their wishes.

ahead of one's time

idiom (8)

Definition of ahead of one's time (Entry 10 of 20)

: too advanced or modern to be understood or appreciated As a poet, he was ahead of his time.

air one's dirty laundry

idiom (9)

Definition of air one's dirty laundry (Entry 11 of 20)

: make one's problems known Let's not air our dirty laundry in public.

a jury of one's peers

noun phrase (3)

Definition of a jury of one's peers (Entry 12 of 20)

chiefly US, law
: a jury whose members are from the same community as the person on trial

a legend in one's own time

idiom (10)

Definition of a legend in one's own time (Entry 13 of 20)

: a person who is famous while still living for doing something extremely well

(all) by one's lonesome

idiom (11)

Definition of (all) by one's lonesome (Entry 14 of 20)

informal
: without anyone else : entirely alone He sat by his lonesome at the dinner table. She made the cake all by her lonesome.

all in one's head

idiom (12)

Definition of all in one's head (Entry 15 of 20)

: in one's imagination : not real The problem is all in his head.

almost jump out of one's skin

idiom (13)

Definition of almost jump out of one's skin (Entry 16 of 20)

: to make a sudden movement because of being very surprised I almost jumped out of my skin when I heard her say my name.

a lump in one's throat

idiom (14)

Definition of a lump in one's throat (Entry 17 of 20)

: a tight feeling in the throat that a person gets when about to start crying or when trying not to cry The movie's final scene left me with a lump in my throat.

(a) method in/to one's madness

idiom (15)

Definition of (a) method in/to one's madness (Entry 18 of 20)

: good reasons for one's actions even though they may seem foolish or strange Though his staff is often confused by the way he runs the office, I've found that there's (a) method in/to his madness.

an ace up one's sleeve

idiom (16)

Definition of an ace up one's sleeve (Entry 19 of 20)

: a powerful and often secret weapon, advantage, etc., that can be used if it is needed The mayor's popularity among elderly voters gives him an ace up his sleeve for the coming election.

a roof over one's head

idiom (17)

Definition of a roof over one's head (Entry 20 of 20)

: a place to live We don't have much money, but at least we have a roof over our heads.

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