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keep the lid on (something)

To quash or suppress something; to control something so as to keep it from flourishing, increasing, or succeeding. We need to keep the lid on rumors about the company going bankrupt. We decided to keep the lid on the project as we didn't have enough funds to see it through to the end.
See also: keep, lid, on

blow a fuse

1. Literally, to suddenly lose power due to an overloaded electrical circuit. Well, we just blew a fuse—it seems that running the space heater, the coffee maker, and a blow dryer at the same time was not the best idea!
2. To react furiously and/or violently to something or someone, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew a fuse when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow a fuse, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
See also: blow, fuse

blow the lid off (something)

To expose something to the public, often something scandalous or deceptive. That company's stock price plummeted after the media blew the lid off the CEO's embezzlement scandal.
See also: blow, lid, off

blow a fuse

1. to burn out the fuse on an electrical circuit and lose power. The microwave oven blew a fuse, so we had no power. You'll blow a fuse if you use too many appliances at once.
2. and blow one's fuse; blow a gasket; blow one's cork; blow one's lid; blow one's top; blow one's stack Fig. to explode with anger; to lose one's temper. Come on, don't blow a fuse. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do?
See also: blow, fuse

blow the lid off (something)

Sl. to expose something to public view. The police inspector blew the lid off the work of the gang of thugs. The investigation blew the lid off the scandal.
See also: blow, lid, off

flip one's wig

 and flip one's lid
Sl. to suddenly become angry, crazy, or enthusiastic. Whenever anyone mentions taxes, Mr. Jones absolutely flips his wig. Stop whistling. You're going to make me flip my lid.
See also: flip, wig

*lid on something

1. Lit. a cover on something, such as a pot, pan, etc. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; put ~.) Keep the lid on the pot until the stew is almost done. Put the lid on the skillet for just a little while.
2. Fig. a scheme to suppress a scandalous or embarrassing situation and keep it secret. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; put ~.) We can't keep the lid on this any longer. The press has got wind of it.
See also: lid, on

take the lid off (of) something

 and take the lid off 
1. Lit. to remove the lid from something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I took the lid off the box and set it aside. Karen took off the lid.
2. Fig. to reveal a set of previously concealed problems. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) You took the lid off this mess. You straighten it out! You took off the lid, so you have to settle it.
See also: lid, off, take

blow the lid off (something)

to make public something that was previously not known or was hidden He blew the lid off modern photography by publishing gritty, realistic pictures at a time when most photos showed a clean, happy world.
Usage notes: sometimes used with other verbs meaning "remove": Her novel tore the lid off small-town life.
See also: blow, lid, off

keep a lid on (something)

to maintain control over something His forces kept a lid on unrest for nearly eight years.
See also: keep, lid, on

put a lid on (something)

to stop something from increasing The mayor wants to put a lid on spending. Diplomats hope to put a lid on rising tensions between the two countries.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form put a lid on it (stop complaining): Put a lid on it, Jeff, would you please?
See also: lid, on, put

blow a fuse/gasket

to become very angry and shout or behave in a violent way Jim'll blow a fuse if he finds you here. When her husband realised how much she'd spent he blew a gasket.
See also: blow, fuse

flip your lid

1. (humorous) to become crazy I thought he'd finally flipped his lid when he bought that old helicopter.
2. (informal) to suddenly become very angry She'll flip her lid when she finds out what's been going on.
See flip the bird
See also: flip, lid

keep a lid on something

to control the level of something in order to stop it increasing Economic difficulties continued and the government intervened to keep a lid on inflation.
See also: keep, lid, on

blow/take the lid off something

  also lift the lid on something
to cause something bad that was previously kept secret to be known by the public In 1989 they started an investigation that was to blow the lid off corruption in the police force.
See flip lid, keep a lid on, Put a lid on it!, put the lid on
See also: blow, lid, off

Put a lid on it!

  (mainly American informal)
something that you say in order to tell someone to stop talking Put a lid on it, you two! You've been shouting all afternoon.
See also: lid, on, put

put the lid on something

  (British old-fashioned)
if something that happens puts the lid on a plan, it causes the plan to fail When James resigned that put the lid on the whole project.
See also: lid, on, put

blow a fuse

Also, blow a gasket. Lose one's temper, express furious anger. For example, When his paycheck bounced, John blew a fuse, or Tell Mom what really happened before she blows a gasket. An electric fuse is said to "blow" (melt) when the circuit is overloaded, whereas a gasket, used to seal a piston, "blows" (breaks) when the pressure is too high. The first of these slangy terms dates from the 1930s, the second from the 1940s. Also see blow one's top; keep one's cool.
See also: blow, fuse

blow the lid off

Also, blow wide open. Expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example, The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends . [First half of 1900s]
See also: blow, lid, off

flip one's lid

Also, flip one's wig; flip out. React very strongly or wildly, as with anger, surprise, or excitement; also, go crazy. For example, I'm going to flip my lid if he doesn't show up, or She really flipped out when she realized that she had won first prize, or I think Rob has flipped his wig. These slangy expressions, with their allusion to losing the top of one's head, date from the 1930s and 1940s.
See also: flip, lid

put the lid on

Also, keep the lid on. Suppress, as in I don't know how but we'll have to put the lid on that rumor about her, or Let's keep the lid on our suspicions. The word lid here is used in the sense of "a cover for a container." [Early 1900s]
See also: lid, on, put

blow a fuse

and blow one’s fuse and blow a gasket and blow one’s cork and blow one’s lid and blow one’s top and blow one’s stack
tv. to explode with anger; to lose one’s temper. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do? Crunk! I so blew my top!
See also: blow, fuse

blow one’s lid

See also: blow, lid

blow the lid off something

tv. to expose a scandal or corrupt practice; to expose political dishonesty. I’m going to blow the lid off another phony candidate.
See also: blow, lid, off

flip one’s wig

and flip one’s lid
tv. to go crazy; to lose control. I so flipped my lid when I got the news. I nearly flipped my wig when I heard.
See also: flip, wig

flip one’s lid

See also: flip, lid


1. n. an eyelid. Her lids began to close, and the professor raised his voice to a roar.
2. n. one half to one ounce of marijuana. (Drugs. An amount that will fill a Prince Albert tobacco can lid. Often plural.) It looks like a matchbox to me. Why do they call it a lid?
3. n. a hat. Where did you get that silly lid?

lid proppers

and lid poppers
n. amphetamine tablets or capsules. (Drugs. Refers to the eyelids.) Kelly has to have a couple of lid proppers each morning.
See also: lid

lid poppers

See also: lid, popper


n. a motorcycle helmet. The law has no business telling me I gotta wear a skid-lid.

blow a fuse

/gasket Slang
To explode with anger.
See also: blow, fuse

flip (one's) lid

1. To react strongly, as with anger or enthusiasm.
2. To go crazy.
See also: flip, lid

blow a fuse

Lose your temper. Back in the days before circuit breakers, a house's electrical system was regulated by a fuse box. Individual fuses connected to separate lines throughout the house were inserted into the box. When a circuit became overloaded, a thin metal strip in the fuse melted, breaking the circuit to prevent an overload and a possible fire. You'd then replace the fuse after disconnecting whatever appliance might have caused the overload. Someone who because very angry was said to blow a fuse, which doesn't make sense because a fuse was meant to defuse, so to speak, the situation. But no one ever said that idioms must be rational. Similar expressions that make more sense are “blow your stack,” which came from the era of steam engines that would explode if the steam wasn't allowed to explode, and “have a meltdown,” as in a nuclear reactor gone wild.
See also: blow, fuse
References in classic literature ?
David screwed on the lid, while Jacob, looking grave, rose and grasped his pitchfork.
Pushing my hand through the hole in the lid I drew it out full, not of diamonds, but of gold pieces, of a shape that none of us had seen before, and with what looked like Hebrew characters stamped upon them.
I see the coffin lid was the way it was before, but I dasn't go to look in under it, with folks around.
But he never meddled at all; just slid the lid along as soft as mush, and screwed it down tight and fast.
At these words the genius did all he could to get out, but he could not, because of the enchantment of the lid.
off flew the lid of the snuff- box; but there was no snuff inside, only a little black imp--that was the beauty of it.
With difficulty, for something seemed to resist her efforts, she raised the lid a few inches; but at that moment a sudden knocking at the door of the room made her, starting, quit her hold, and the lid closed with alarming violence.
A life-size Jack-in-the-box, he had thrust his head through a lid within the lid, cut by himself between the two iron bands that ran round the chest like the straps of a portmanteau.
I was disporting myself on the lid of the trunk at the time.
There was an instant of whizzing--a soft, though sudden, stop, and slowly the carrier emerged upon another platform, another attendant raised the lid and Vas Kor stepped out at the station beneath the centre of Greater Helium, seventy-five miles from the point at which he had embarked.
Then he unlocked the copper chest and lifted the lid, and Dorothy saw it was full of shining tools of all sorts and shapes.
Just as Gerald was raising the lid very slowly to save the contents from being scattered by the wind, the man turned his head to answer an approaching hail.
Leading Saxon to a large sea chest in the bedroom, Mercedes lifted the lid.
His eyes glistened as he raised the lid, and looked in.
Tulliver's bed,--and propping the lid with the iron holder, without much noise.