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(one) would (just) as soon (do something)
One would like to or would rather do something. Often used when one is faced with several options. It would be nice to live somewhere else, but I would just as soon go to a local college and stay close to my family. I know everyone is eager to go out tonight, but I'd as soon stay home, to be honest.
See also: soon
blood is shed
1. People are killed as a result of violence. It will be a tragedy if any blood is shed—if even one person is killed or injured.
2. Trouble or problems are caused. Everyone is complacent now, but if blood is shed and layoffs start happening, it will be another story.
cast (some) light on (something)
To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. We've hired a private investigator to help cast light on the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered cast some light on how the late author's final book was meant to end.
get shed of (someone or something)
To discard, eliminate, or become free from something or someone. We finally got shed of your younger brother. He's so annoying! Would you please get shed of that filthy couch already?
my head's a shed
slang An expression of total bewilderment, confusion, stress, or mental agitation. Primarily heard in UK. A: "How's the research for your thesis coming?" B: "Ugh. I've been in the library for nearly 15 hours. My head's a shed." Sorry about the way I acted this morning. There's just a lot going on at work and my head's a shed at the moment.
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not shed a tear
To not cry or else demonstrate any emotional reaction to some sad event or situation. My father hasn't shed so much as a tear for as long as I can remember, but I saw his eyes well up when our dog Spot had to be put down. To be honest, I've always hated her guts. Now that she's gone, I'm not exactly shedding any tears.
not the sharpest tool in the shed
Not intelligent; dim-witted or prone to stupidity. His new boyfriend isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's pretty good looking! I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed in school, but I still managed to find a profession I loved.
shed (some) light on (something)
To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. We've hired a private investigator to help shed light on the clandestine dealings of the organization. These documents we've uncovered shed some light on how the late author's final book was meant to end.
shed (some) light upon (something)
To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. (A more formal version of "shed (some) light on something.") We've hired a private investigator to help shed light upon the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered shed some light upon how the late author's final book was meant to end.
shed a little light on (something)
To reveal a small amount of clarifying or enlightening information or details about something; to help people understand something a little bit. Authorities are appealing for any information that may help shed a little light on the child's mysterious disappearance. These documents we've uncovered are shedding a little light on how the late author's final book was meant to end.
shed a little light upon (something)
To reveal a small amount of clarifying or enlightening information or details about something; to help people understand something a little bit. Authorities are appealing for any information that may help shed a little light upon the child's mysterious disappearance. These documents we've uncovered are shedding a little light upon how the late author's final book was meant to end.
shed a tear
To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. Everyone in the room was shedding tears by the end of the ceremony. Their relationship had soured so much over the years that John didn't shed a tear when he heard of his brother's death.
1. To wound or kill someone violently, often by inflicting wounds in which blood literally spills out of the body. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shed" and "blood." The soldier was arrested and court-martialed for shedding blood in the village near the military encampment. I will not rest until I find who is responsible for shedding these people's blood.
2. To sustain serious (and perhaps fatal) injuries, often wounds in which blood literally spills out of the body. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shed" and "blood." I've never shed blood before, so it made my stomach turn to see it pouring out of me. These brave soldiers shed their blood to protect our freedom.
shed crocodile tears
To display false, insincere, or hypocritical sadness or remorse. Derived from an ancient notion that a crocodile will weep to lure in its victims, or that it weeps as it eats them. Jessica shed crocodile tears over the expulsion of her rival, Jacob.
Something of great value, usually a vintage automobile, that was discovered abandoned in some place that is unbefitting or unbecoming of its value, as in a disused barn, shed, or the like. Did you hear about that massive shed find outside of town? They discovered about 15 old cars, each of which was worth about $40,000!
1. Of an animal, to shed a particular coat of hair or fur. It can be used transitively or intransitively. For some reason our mare isn't shedding out her winter coat properly. I know it doesn't look very nice now, but your dog is simply shedding out his puppy fur to make room for a beautiful new coat.
2. To move a sheep that has recently given birth to a different, typically better, pasture. OK, it's time to shed out that sheep now that she's had babies.
throw (some) light on (something)
To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. We've hired a private investigator to help throw light on the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered throw some light on how the late author's final book was meant to end.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
get shut of someone or somethingand get shed of someone or something; get shet of someone or something
Rur. to get rid of someone or something. I can't wait to get shut of that old refrigerator. Tom followed me around for months, but I finally got shed of him.
not shed a tear
Fig. not to show any emotion even when something is very sad. At his uncle's funeral, he didn't shed a tear. They never got along.
shed crocodile tearsand cry crocodile tears
Fig. to shed false tears; to pretend that one is weeping. The child wasn't really hurt, but she shed crocodile tears anyway. He thought he could get his way if he cried crocodile tears.
shed (some) light on somethingand throw (some) light on something
Fig. to reveal something about something; to clarify something. (Also with any.) This discussion has shed some light on the problem. Let's see if Ann can throw any light on this question.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, spill blood. Wound or kill someone, especially violently. For example, It was a bitter fight but fortunately no blood was shed, or A great deal of blood has been spilled in this family feud. Both of these terms allude to causing blood to flow and fall on the ground. The first dates from the 1200s. The variant amplifies the verb spill, which from about 1300 to 1600 by itself meant "slay" or "kill"; it was first recorded about 1125.
shed light on
Also, throw light on. Clarify or explain, as in I was hoping the professor would shed light on how he arrived at his theory, or Can anyone throw some light on where these plants came from? Originally, from about 1200, these expressions were used literally, in the sense of "illuminate," but they soon were used figuratively as well.
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.
blood is shedor
blood is spilledLITERARY
1. If blood is shed or blood is spilled, people are killed in fighting. So much blood has been shed in this conflict. Angry words have passed between both sides, but so far no blood had been spilt.
2. If blood is shed or blood is spilled when change happens, suffering or trouble is caused. A good deal of political blood was spilled over the deficit reduction package.
shed crocodile tears
If someone sheds crocodile tears, they pretend to sympathize with or feel sadness about someone or something that they do not really care about. Our own government sheds crocodile tears over the loss of life whilst doing absolutely nothing to stop it. Note: Verbs such as weep and cry are sometimes used instead of shed. MPs who weep crocodile tears over the plight of those who earn £10,000 a year insist that they cannot manage on ten times that amount. While her family and friends weep, the politicians cry crocodile tears. Note: The phrase crocodile tears is used in other expressions with this meaning. She regards Washington's expressions of concern now as no more than crocodile tears. Note: There was an ancient belief that crocodiles sighed and groaned to attract their prey, and wept while they were eating it.
shed light on something
If something sheds light on a situation, it makes it easier to understand. Is there anything that Moira said that might shed some light on what happened? Note: Cast or throw are sometimes used instead of shed. Perhaps the brothers could cast light on that mystery.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
cast/shed/throw (new) ˈlight on somethingmake a problem, etc. easier to understand: This book sheds new light on the role of the CIA. ♢ ‘Can you throw any light on the matter?’
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To wound or kill in a violent manner.
2. To be wounded or killed: "For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother" (Shakespeare).
shed (someone's) blood
To wound someone or take someone's life, especially with violence.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
shed light on, to
To explain or clarify. This term was used literally, in the sense of illuminating something, from the fourteenth century. In the fifteenth century light came to be used figuratively for “understanding.” George J. Adler used the expression in his translation of Fauriel’s History of Provençal Poetry (1860): “On these antecedents that I shall first endeavor to shed some light.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer