no love lost
also little love lost, no / little love lost between
- there is a mutual dislike between two people
- there is no feeling of respect or affection between two people
- two people who do not like each other
- ill will, hate, animosity between two people
- Bob and Jill cannot get along together. There is no love lost between them.
- The brothers were always at loggerheads with each other, There was little love lost between them.
- There was no love lost between Sam and Dennis. They could never work together.
- He and his agent had a curious relationship. Although they had to work together all the time, there was no love lost between them.
- Tracy and Sandra don’t even acknowledge each other’s presence when they are together for some reason. There is no love lost between them.
- Stuart and Harry had been friends once, but after they had a big fallout a few years back, now there is little love lost between them.
- He did not care that his business partner was going through difficult times; there was no love lost between them, although they worked together.
This phrase originated in the 1500s and till the 1800s, meant either there was extreme love or extreme hate. In current usage, though, it signifies hate exclusively.
- Someone who is vigilant late at night.
- In the current usage, night own refers to someone who works at night.
- In order to earn their bread so many people now have to turn into night owls. The customer service industry thrives on 24*7 availability of people.
- Every time the exams started, I would become a night owl.
- You can’t just become a night owl and hope to catch up on the years that you have missed your education.
- He came home at 4 in the morning after the party. He is such a night owl.
- Becoming a night owl can have an adverse effect on your health. You should be more careful about getting sleep at the right time, at least in your age.
The reference to being awake at night comes from the characteristics of the Owl. The first know literary use of the phrase was in the year 1581 in ‘Against Jerome Osorius’ by Bell and Foxe although it seems that the term ‘Owl’ was use literally. The figurative use of the phrase, the way it is used now, was not too far later. It was used in 1594 by Shakespeare in his work ‘The Rape of Lucrece’.
not hurt a fly
also not hurt a flea
- To not be able to cause harm to anyone, including even a tiny and insignificant insect.
- This phrase refers to not being able to hurt even something that can hurt that person.
- To not physically injure or verbally offend anyone.
- He is such an innocent little child, he could not hurt a fly.
- Her daughter seems like she could not hurt a flea but she is not so in reality.
- Although he is tough professional but when you know him personally, you would know that he would not hurt a fly.
- She confessed that she would not hurt a flea unless she is provoked.
- My kid is as sweet as honey and would not hurt a fly.
- His dog is amongst the biggest ones that I have ever seen. And although he is constantly chewing on the home furniture, they say he would not hurt a flea.
The origin of this phrase is not available.
Synonym and Variant
Not hurt a fly. It is believed that this was a base idiom which evolved into the word ‘Fly’ being replaced by ‘Flea’, there is no confirmation of this fact though. Both are correct to be used in the same context.
name is mud
- It means that the person is extremely unpopular.
- It is a trigger for saying that someone has done a deed which has made him infamous in his circle and where people are angry with the said person.
- If you keep hanging out with the local goons then soon your name will be mud too.
- The two sisters, Emily and Ruth’s names are mud because of their constant gossiping.
- To go to a party with such people and at such an hour can put a young girl’s name in mud.
- A child should endeavour to make his parents proud and not put their names in mud.
President Abraham Lincoln of the United States of America was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. When he was trying to escape after committing the murder he injured and broke his leg. Dr. Samuel Mudd provided medical help to Booth at that time. He has since been thought of as a co-conspirator in the murder of President Lincoln. He was not convicted because the evidence against him was ambiguous and not concrete. Till date there is a debate amongst the historians if Dr. Mudd was innocent and the phrase “his name is Mudd” has been coined. This has currently changed to mud instead of Mudd.
not playing with a full deck
- not mentally sound
- stupid, dimwitted
- crazy or mentally deranged
- not very intelligent or bright
- mentally deficient
- With the number of silly remarks he comes up with, I wonder if he’s not playing with a full deck.
- He may be an influential person, but some of the things he does gives the impression that he is not playing with a full deck.
- He keeps talking to himself. I think he’s not playing with a full deck.
- That scientist is considered to be a genius in his field, but with some of the antics he’s up to at the university, it looks like he’s not playing with a full deck.
- The new teacher doesn’t seem to know what he’s teaching. He’s not playing with a full deck.
- He is a nice person, but with some of the foolish things he does, I think he’s not playing with a full deck.
The phrase is one of the many derogatory ones that originated in America in the 1980s. The implication of the insult is that the person has some part of the brain missing. Deck is a reference to a deck of cards.
never in wildest dreams
– something that has happened was so strange that one never thought it would happen
1. Never in my wildest dreams did I think she’d abandon her father.
2. Never in my wildest dreams did I think she’d actually carry out her threat.
3. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined Scotland winning 9/1.
never say die
Meaning: stay optimistic, positive attitude.
Example: There are still a dozen of of job vacancies that she hasn’t tried. Never say die.
not give a damn
Meaning: be indifferent to, uncaring, irresponsible.
Example: Most industrial houses don’t give a damn about the environment.
not cup of tea
Meaning: not to one’s liking, taste etc.
Example: I decided not to go to the restaurant with them, because eating spicy food isn’t my cup of tea.
not all it’s cracked up to be
Meaning: not as good as people say it is.
Example: The highly ranked institutes in Liverpool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.