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Idioms beginning with X

X Factor

X Factor


  • an outstanding extraordinary ability
  • a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome
  • an excellence that one cannot describe which makes somebody very unique
  • attribute or quality of something, beyond description
  • an incredible quality which force you to ignore other bad qualities of a person or object
  • the eminence of a person which cannot let you put your finger on
  • a situation that has a intense but surprising influence
  • any unpredictable and great influence
  • an essential factor with unidentified results

Example Sentences

  1. This is the right time and investing in Gold and Real Estate may turn out to be the X Factor.
  2. Ferrari makes less car using high quality component with expert hands, that is the X Factor.
  3. Eliza is not beautiful but she has the X-Factor of education, courtesy and sense which makes her wonderful.
  4. Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli has the X Factor to beat the balls that makes India win.
  5. My dad definitely has the X Factor that all the great mechanics have.
  6. This is the X Factor of humans who lives in mountains and cold places of earth which makes them strong.
  7. Google search algorithm system is the real X-Factor behind the success of Google.
  8. Adolf Hitler was a politician who had the X Factor.
  9. Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer with the mad X Factor.

X-Factor first discovered in around 1930 probably in America.

This idiomatic expression can be used  with or without hyphen (-), either X-Factor or X Factor both are same and correct.

x marks the spot

x marks the spot
Meaning: when someone finds something looking for, this is the exact spot, mark something with X on target.
Example 1: X marks the spot, so let’s go and dig up treasure.
Example 2: I pointed to the location on the map and told the recruits “x marks the spot”.
Example 3: We looked at the Google map and saw that X marked the spot where it was the cloud brust and killed many people.

Origin: What is said upon finding your target has been marked out derived from an X on pirate treasure maps. The phrase was put into common usage by the British army, who performed executions by marking a piece of paper with a black x and positioning it on the heart of someone sentenced to death.