Idioms – L
Lead someone up the garden path
To lead someone up the garden path is to give them misleading clues or signals.
Turn over a new leaf
To turn over a new leaf is to start to act or behave in a better way.
A leap in the dark
A leap in the dark is a daring step with an unpredictable outcome.
By leaps and bounds / in leaps and bounds
With very rapid progress
A new lease of life
A new lease of life is a chance to live longer.
Leave someone be
To leave someone be is to avoid interfering with them.
Leave someone out
To leave someone out is to fail to include them.
Not have a leg to stand on
When you don’t have a leg to stand on, you are not able to give reasons for your actions.
On your last legs / on its last legs
When something is on its last legs, it is exhausted or worn out.
- My computer is on its last legs.
- He explained everything at length.
Not to mention
- He couldn’t see any birds, let alone the one in the picture.
Let someone down
To let someone down is to fail to support them.
- I trusted him but he let me down when I needed his support the most.
Let yourself go
To let yourself go is to act in a relaxed way.
Let someone off
To let someone off is to excuse them from a task or choose not to punish them.
- He was let off with a minor punishment.
Let something off
To let something off is to cause a gun or a bomb to fire or explode.
When a storm lets up, it becomes less intense.
- We can’t resume our journey until the rains let up.
To the letter
Precisely and accurately
Take liberties with
To take liberties with someone is to behave in an extremely familiar way towards them.
- I don’t like it when he takes liberties with me.
To lie low is to avoid attention.
- The celebrity has been lying low ever since news of his scandalous affair broke out.
Come to light
When something comes to light, it becomes widely known.
In line for
Likely to receive something
- He is third in line for the throne.
On the line
At serious risk
Out of line
Behaving badly or wrongly
The lion’s share
The largest part of something
Bite your lip
To bite your lip is to stop yourself from laughing or speaking.
Pay lip service to
To pay lip service is to express only superficial support for something.
Twist someone around your little finger
When you twist someone around your little finger, you are able to make them do whatever you want.
Live it up
To live it up is to lead a life of extravagance and exciting social activity.
Liven something up
To liven something up is to make it more interesting.
In the long run
The long and the short of it
All that can or need be said
On the loose
When somebody is on the loose, they have escaped from prison.
Be at a loose end
When you are at a loose end, you have nothing definite to do.
At a loss
When you are at a loss, you are puzzled.
Be lost for words
When you are lost for words, you are so upset or surprised that you cannot find words to speak.
Be lost on
When something is lost on somebody, they are unable to understand it.
- The joke was lost on him.
A lump in the throat
To have a lump in the throat is to experience a feeling of tightness in the throat because you are overwhelmed with emotion.