Idioms

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Idioms

Idioms beginning with Z

zip your lip

zip your lip

Meaning

  • to stop talking
  • to stay calm
  • to stay hush
  • to remain secret or silent

Example Sentences

  1. Why don’t you just zip your lip, I am tired of being nagged all morning.
  2. And then the politician asked them all to zip their lips as he wanted to state his point first.
  3. Zipping your lip is one difficult task for a fellow to likes to speak his heart out.
  4. It is almost impossible to zip your lip when you are in the company of family or friends.
  5. The manager asked all those who disagreed with the new rule  about shortening of the lunch breaks to zip their lips.
  6. I once saw an old lady being bad mouthed by some thieves but I just zipped my lip as I was too scared to do anything about it.
  7. Anyone who wishes to stop talking should just zip their lip.
  8. I am going to zip my lip at dad’s place on Monday and you can go ahead and explain why we need the extra 2000 bucks.
  9. I zipped my lip for the entire presentation until I was forced to speak my Mrs. Shukla.
  10. She zipped her lip at the meeting yesterday, as it was pointless saying anything.

Origin

Earlier this idiom was used in 1868 as ‘button your lips’ because during that period of time buttons were used to close things. After Zippers started being used this idiom was modified to ‘zip your lip’ by the people. The use of this idiom can be traced back to 1943.

zenith of career or life

zenith of career or life

Meaning

  • the highest pinnacle of a person’s career or life
  • the apex of a person’s career or life

Example Sentences

  1. The birth of his daughter was the zenith of his life.
  2. Winning the tender for the reconstruction of Taj Mahal was the zenith of her career.
  3. The opportunity to sing in the New York Philharmonics was the zenith of his musical career.
  4. Before I retired I had reached the zenith of my career.
  5. Massa can look back on that season as the year that he reached the zenith of his career.
  6. In February when Cruz resoundingly won the Iowa elections, largely through months of cultivating grass-roots support in the state making it the zenith of his career.
  7. The video for the best song, “Cream,” was the zenith  32-year-old Prince’s career.

Origin

The origin of this word is from the imprecise  scrutiny of the Arabic expression سمت الرأس (samt ar-ra’s),which translates to “direction of the head” or “path above the head” during the 14th century by medieval Spanish clerk. It was reduced to ‘samt’ (“direction”) and miswritten as ‘senit’/’cenit’, as the “m” was misread as an “ni”. The word Zenith was first used as ‘cenith’ in the 17th century by the old french.

zero hour

zero hour
Meaning: the particular time when any crucial act supposed to take place.
Example: Right before the dawn, the British military had been waiting for zero hour to start the operation against terrorist in Afghanistan.