Also found in: Dictionary, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to yours: Yours sincerely

get (one's)

1. To receive the due punishment (for something) that one deserves. Don't worry about those stool pigeons, we'll make sure they get theirs when the time is right. She cheated off me during the test? Oh, she'll get hers, alright!
2. To become wealthy or financially successful. After growing up in poverty, Jim was determined to get his no matter what it took.
See also: get

I don't fancy yours (much)

Said by one man to another to indicate a woman he thinks is unattractive. Primarily heard in UK. I was mortified when Bob said, "I don't fancy yours much," as a young woman passed by us on the street.
See also: fancy

yours sincerely

A common closing of a letter. I hope that we can work together again soon. Yours sincerely, Victoria

be (one's) for the asking

To be available for one to easily obtain or achieve. With your famous parents, any job is yours for the asking. Some of us, though, actually have to apply for jobs.
See also: ask

be (one's) for the taking

To be available for one to easily obtain or achieve. With your famous parents, any job is yours for the taking. Some of us, though, actually have to apply for jobs. Our probable valedictorian has been pretty distracted lately, so I think the title is yours for the taking.
See also: taking

all yours

A phrase said when one gives or relinquishes something to someone. A: "Hey, is the bathroom free?" B: "Yep, it's all yours!"
See also: all

up yours

rude slang An expression of anger. A: "Wow, you're a lousy mechanic, Ben." B: "Hey, your car's running, isn't it? Up yours!"
See also: up

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

You help me and I'll help you. Thanks for the file. Here’s your money—you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, remember?
See also: and, back, scratch

What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine.

Prov. A humorous way of saying, "Everything belongs to me."; (A jocular variant of "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is yours," an expression of generosity.) I know you won't mind lending me your radio. After all, what's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine. The thief took his confederate's share of the money they had stolen, saying, "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine."
See also: and, mine

What'll it be?

 and Name your poison.; What'll you have?; What's yours?
Inf. What do you want to drink?; What do you want?; How can I serve you? (Typically said by a bartender or bar waiter or waitress.) Tom: What'll it be, friend? Bill: I'll just have a ginger ale, if you don't mind. Waitress: What'll you have? Bob: Nothing, thanks.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

Fig. You do a favor for me and I'll do a favor for you.; If you do something for me that I cannot do for myself, I will do something for you that you cannot do for yourself. I'll grab the box on the top shelf if you will creep under the table and pick up my pen. You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
See also: and, back, scratch

yours truly

1. a closing phrase at the end of a letter, just before the signature. Yours truly, Tom Jones. Best wishes from yours truly, Bill Smith.
2. oneself; I; me. There's nobody here right now but yours truly. Everyone else got up and left the table leaving yours truly to pay the bill.
See also: truly

scratch someone's back

Do someone a favor in hopes that a favor will be returned. For example, I don't mind driving this time-she's scratched my back plenty of times. It also is put as you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, as in If you do the laundry I'll do the cooking-you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. This idiom was first recorded in 1704.
See also: back, scratch

up yours

A vulgar exclamation of contempt, as in So you think you can beat me? Well, up yours! This expression, a shortening of the even more vulgar stick it up your ass, is sometimes accompanied by an obscene gesture (see give the finger). [ Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]
See also: up

yours truly

1. A closing formula for a letter, as in It was signed "Yours truly, Mary Smith." [Late 1700s]
2. I, me, myself, as in Jane sends her love, as does yours truly. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: truly

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours


I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine

People say you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours to describe the way that one person helps another because they know that person will help them in return. For men, commitments are based on common interest: I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine. Note: You can also talk about back-scratching, meaning help that one person gives to another so that they will be helped in return. There was a lot of mutual back-scratching between directors and executives. Note: This phrase is often used to show disapproval.
See also: and, back, scratch

get yours

be killed. informal euphemistic
See also: get

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

if you do me a favour, I will return it. proverb
See also: and, back, scratch

up yours!

an exclamation expressing contemptuous defiance or rejection of someone. vulgar slang
See also: up

you and yours

you together with your family and close friends.
1937 American Home So it's natural…to take good care of the home that gives you and yours this steadfast protection.
See also: and

it’s/they’re ˌall ˈyours

used when passing the responsibility for somebody/something or the use of something to another person: ‘There you are, Mr Brown,’ she said, taking him into the classroom full of children, ‘they’re all yours.’
See also: all

yours ˈever/ever ˈyours

sometimes used at the end of an informal letter, before you write your name
See also: ever

Yours faithfully

(British English, formal, written) used at the end of a formal letter before you sign your name, when you have addressed somebody as ‘Dear Sir/Dear Madam,’ etc. and not by their name

ˌyou scratch ˈmy back and ˌI’ll scratch ˈyours

(saying) used to say that if somebody helps you, you will help them, even if this is unfair to others ▶ ˈback-scratching noun: There is too much back-scratching in local politics in this town.
See also: and, back, scratch

Yours sincerely

(British English) (American English Sincerely (yours)) (formal, written) used at the end of a formal letter before you sign your name, when you have addressed somebody by their name

yours ˈtruly

1 (informal, often humorous) I/me: Steve came first, Robin second, and yours truly came last.And of course, all the sandwiches will be made by yours truly.
2 (Yours Truly) (American English, formal, written) used at the end of a formal letter before you sign your name
See also: truly

ˌup ˈyours!

(taboo, slang) an offensive way of being rude to somebody, for example because they have said something that makes you angry: ‘Go and cook me my dinner.’ ‘Oh, up yours! Do it yourself!’
See also: up

what’s ˈyours?

(informal) (said in a pub or bar) what would you like to drink?

ˌyou and ˈyours

(informal) you and your family: You must provide a safe future for you and yours.
See also: and

Up yours!

exclam. Go to hell!; Drop dead! (Usually objectionable.) I won’t do it! Up yours!
See also: up

What’s yours?

interrog. What (or which) do you want? (see also What’ll it be?.) “What’s yours?” said the bartender.

yours truly

n. me, the speaker or writer. If it was up to yours truly, there wouldn’t be any such problem.
See also: truly

yours truly

I, myself, or me: "Let me talk about a typical day in the life of yours truly" (Robert A. Spivey).
See also: truly

yours truly

I. For whatever reason of modesty (or false modesty) that prevented speakers or writers from using the first-person singular pronoun “I,” the “yours truly” convention was established. It came from the standard letter closing. It sounded mannered when it was first used in the 19th century and even more so now. Other equally stilted circumlocutions for “I” or “me” used in writing are “your reporter” (still found in alumni class notes) and “your correspondent.”
See also: truly
References in classic literature ?
Now go and answer your note, and let me finish this splendid story.
I can find my way in to Tom Swift perfectly well by myself, and while I appreciate your courtesy I do not want to trouble you.
After simpering in a small way, like one whose modesty prohibited a more open expression of his admiration of a witticism that was perfectly unintelligible to his hearers, he continued, "It is not prudent for any one of my profession to be too familiar with those he has to instruct; for which reason I follow not the line of the army; besides which, I conclude that a gentleman of your character has the best judgment in matters of wayfaring; I have, therefore, decided to join company, in order that the ride may be made agreeable, and partake of social communion.
said young Andrews, "and don't show your face here--"
You know, you are the judge of horses in these parts, and I should like your opinion.
And why is everything relating to your marriage kept an impenetrable secret from your oldest friends?
Now, look here," I said with an affectation of gravity, "if you'll tell me how you came by those things, I'll make it worth your while.
Marry, it is scant concern of yours, what I look like
All at once, a tall, dark gentleman--just like yours, D'Artagnan.
Your Virtues my amiable Polydore (addressing himself to my father) yours Dear Claudia and yours my Charming Laura call on me to repose in you, my confidence.
If I had thought that my life only had, been at stake, I have been so persecuted that I might have yielded; but I thought yours was concerned, my dear sire, and I stood out for the sake of preserving your happiness.
the requiem how be sung "By you - by yours, the evil eye, - by yours, the slanderous tongue "That did to death the innocent that died, and died so young?
What delight will be yours in seeing him again; in seeing him still worthy your esteem, still capable of forming your happiness
You had to push your nib with the finger-nail so as to get the point of it over your opponent's, while he manoeuvred to prevent this and to get the point of his nib over the back of yours; when this result was achieved you breathed on the ball of your thumb, pressed it hard on the two nibs, and if you were able then to lift them without dropping either, both nibs became yours.
The king issued from an infancy imprisoned like yours, obscure as yours, and confined as yours; only, instead of ending, like yourself, this slavery in a prison, this obscurity in solitude, these straightened circumstances in concealment, he was fain to bear all these miseries, humiliations, and distresses, in full daylight, under the pitiless sun of royalty; on an elevation flooded with light, where every stain appears a blemish, every glory a stain.