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click into place

1. Literally, of an object, to fit securely into something, often with an audible clicking noise. My seatbelt isn't clicking into place—is it broken?
2. By extension, to begin to make sense or be understood. Thanks to my tutor, this week's lesson on polynomials has finally clicked into place.
See also: click, place

click on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. We'll be clicking on all cylinders if we get Janet to join our team.
See also: all, click, cylinder, on

click through

1. verb In an Internet browser, to navigate to a new page by clicking on a link. We've put links to all our sources at the bottom of the page, so you can click through if you want to do some more reading on the topic.
2. verb To navigate to a commercial website by clicking on an advertisement. Your ads need to be flashy enough to make users want to click through without being so gaudy that they ignore them.
3. noun The act of clicking on a link, especially an advertisement, to go to another page. Often hyphenated or spelled as a single word. We're trying to find ways of increasing our monthly click through.
4. noun The proportion of clicks on an online advertisement compared to how often it was viewed on a webpage. Often hyphenated or spelled as a single word. The new marketing director was able to increase their click-through by nearly 25 per cent.
See also: click, through

click with (one)

1. To have a positive connection or friendly rapport with one, often quickly. I just don't click with those people—I doubt we have anything in common. I clicked with Ashley immediately, and we've been best friends ever since.
2. To quickly resonate with one or a group. If our invention clicks with consumers, then we'll be millionaires!
3. To make sense to one; to be able to be understood by one. The tutor's explanation of sine and cosine really clicked with me—I think I finally understand it now.
See also: click


Online articles (especially on social media sites) that use provocative or intriguing headlines (often in combination with images) to drive traffic to the source. I wouldn't put too much faith in that article about "the one food no one should ever eat"—it's probably just clickbait.

fire on all cylinders

1. To have all cylinders in an engine functioning. There's something wrong with my car—it's definitely not firing on all cylinders.
2. To function or operate at the most desirable or greatest possible level of efficiency, speed, or productivity. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) The new website will be firing on all cylinders once we get the comments section up and running! I only fire on all cylinders after I've had my coffee.
See also: all, cylinder, fire, on

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. We'll be hitting on all cylinders if we get Janet to join our team.
See also: all, cylinder, hit, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

click with someone

1. [for something] to be understood or comprehended by someone suddenly. His explanation clicked with Maggie at once.
2. [for someone or something new] to catch on with someone; to become popular or friendly with someone very quickly. The new product clicked with consumers and was an instant success. I clicked with Tom the moment I met him.
See also: click
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fire on all cylinders

Also, hit or click on all cylinders . Function very well, as in Once we figured out how to use the new software, the department was firing on all cylinders , or "So the best infielder takes time to fit into the infield of a Big League club and have it hit on all four cylinders again" (Christy Mathewson, Pitching in a Pinch, 1912). This term transfers the functioning of an internal combustion engine, which works best when all its cylinders ignite, to broader use. [Early 1900s]
See also: all, cylinder, fire, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

click into place

become suddenly clear and understandable.
Click into place is used literally of an object, especially part of a mechanism, to mean ‘fall smoothly into its allotted position’.
See also: click, place
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

click (with someone)

in. to catch on with someone; to intrigue someone; to become popular with someone. Sam and Mary are getting along fine. I knew they’d click.
See also: click, someone


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

fire on all cylinders

Go all out. The term comes from automobiles, where it means all of a car’s cylinders have been ignited and the engine is fully powered. It has been used figuratively since the second half of the 1900s, as in “That was a great speech; he was really firing on all cylinders.” See also pull out all the stops.
See also: all, cylinder, fire, on
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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