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All idioms which begin with the letter " A " part 5 At death's door
    If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
At each other's throats
    If people are at each other's throats, they are fighting, arguing or competing ruthlessly.
At full tilt
    If something is at full tilt, it is going or happening as fast or as hard as possible.
At large
    If a criminal is at large, they have not been found or caught.
At loggerheads
    If people are at loggerheads, they are arguing and can't agree on anything.
At loose ends
    (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.
At odds
    If you are at odds with someone, you cannot agree with them and argue.
At sea
    If things are at sea, or all at sea, they are disorganized and chaotic.
At the bottom of the totem pole
    (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
At the coalface
    If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way.
At the drop of a hat
    If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.
At the end of the day
    This is used to mean 'in conclusion' or 'when all is said and done'.
At the end of your rope
    (USA) If you are at the end of your rope, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.
At the end of your tether
    (UK) If you are at the end of your tether, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.
At the fore
    In a leading position
At the top of my lungs
    If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
At the top of the list
    If something is at the top of the list, it is of highest priority, most important, most urgent, or the next in one's line of attention.
At the top of your lungs
    If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
At the top of your voice
    If you talk, shout or sing at the top of your voice, you do it as loudly as you can.
At your wit's end
    If you're at your wit's end, you really don't know what you should do about something, no matter how hard you think about it.
At your wits' end
    If you are at your wits' end, you have no idea what to do next and are very frustrated.
Average Joe
    An average Joe is an ordinary person without anything exceptional about them.
Avowed intent
    If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
Away with the fairies
    If someone is away with the fairies, they don't face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life.
Awe inspiring
    Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.
AWOL
    AWOL stands for "Absent Without Leave", or "Absent Without Official Leave". Orignially a military term, it is used when someone has gone missing without telling anyone or asking for permission.
Axe to grind
    If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.
Sep 15, 2008 5:07 PM
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