beat one to it

idiom (1)

Definition of beat one to it

 (Entry 1 of 19)

: to succeed before another person does I wondered which of us would finish our work first, but she beat me to it by two days.

come to think of it

idiom (2)

Definition of come to think of it (Entry 2 of 19)

used in speech to say that one has just remembered or thought of something The meeting is next Tuesday, which, come to think of it, is also the date of my doctor's appointment.

cross that bridge when one comes to it

idiom (3)

Definition of cross that bridge when one comes to it (Entry 3 of 19)

: to not worry about a possible problem until it actually happens I don't know how we'll pay the bills if you quit your job, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

have much to commend it

idiom (4)

Definition of have much to commend it (Entry 4 of 19)

formal
: to be a good thing in many ways Their theory has much to commend it.

hop to it

idiom (5)

Definition of hop to it (Entry 5 of 19)

informal
: to act or move quickly The car was ready to leave and he was told to hop to it.

jump to it

idiom (6)

Definition of jump to it (Entry 6 of 19)

informal
: to begin doing something We don't have much time to finish this job, so we better jump to it.

nothing to it

idiom (7)

Definition of nothing to it (Entry 7 of 19)

used to say that something is very easy to do There's really nothing to it once you know how.

not swear to it

idiom (8)

Definition of not swear to it (Entry 8 of 19)

to say that one is not absolutely sure about something I wouldn't swear to it, but I think he's written three books so far.

not to put too fine a point on it

idiom (9)

Definition of not to put too fine a point on it (Entry 9 of 19)

used in an ironic way to introduce a very strong and usually critical statement Not to put too fine a point on it, (but) his suggestions have been worthless.

see to it

idiom (10)

Definition of see to it (Entry 10 of 19)

: to make sure that something is done Can you see to it that everyone gets a copy of this memo?

snap to it

idiom (11)

Definition of snap to it (Entry 11 of 19)

informal
: to start working harder or more quickly You'll have to snap to it if you want to finish on time.

to cap it off

idiom (12)

Definition of to cap it off (Entry 12 of 19)

used to indicate a final thing that happened that was even better, worse, etc., than what happened before The car was filthy when he returned it to me, and to cap it off, there was almost no fuel left in the tank.

to crown it all

idiom (13)

Definition of to crown it all (Entry 13 of 19)

British
used to indicate the last and usually worst thing in a series of bad things that have happened It rained, it snowed, and, to crown it all, our flight was canceled.

to put it mildly

idiom (14)

Definition of to put it mildly (Entry 14 of 19)

used to say that a statement is actually an understatement and that the thing referred to is actually larger, more important, more serious, etc. It was a difficult experience, to put it mildly.

to put it politely

idiom (15)

Definition of to put it politely (Entry 15 of 19)

used to indicate that one is saying something in a way that shows good manners He is not, to put it politely, the best guitar player in the world.

to top it all

idiom (16)

Definition of to top it all (Entry 16 of 19)

chiefly British
used to indicate a final thing that happened that was even better, worse, etc., than what happened before The car was filthy when she returned it to me, and to top it all, there was almost no gas left in the tank.

to top it (all) off

idiom (17)

Definition of to top it (all) off (Entry 17 of 19)

US
used to indicate a final thing that happened that was even better, worse, etc., than what happened before The car was filthy when she returned it to me, and to top it (all) off, there was almost no gas left in the tank.

when it comes (right) down to it

idiom (18)

Definition of when it comes (right) down to it (Entry 18 of 19)

: when really necessary or important When it comes down to it, he can be generous.

when you come (right) down to it

idiom (19)

Definition of when you come (right) down to it (Entry 19 of 19)

: when one considers what is really true It's nice to be rich, but when you come (right) down to it, it's more important to be healthy and happy.

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