Words Associated with Clothing
Some Word Expression
Associated with Clothing
To put on your thinking cap means
to think hard.
We have to put on our thinking cap to
solve the mystery of the missing suitcase.
To cut your coat according to your cloth
means to spend within your means.
During bad times, we should learn to
cut our coat according to our cloth.
If you do something on the coat-tails
of someone else, you are able to do it
because of the other person’s success
and not due to your own efforts.
He won the post because he was
riding on the coat-tails of his father.
a) To hit below the belt means
to resort to foul means.
In any game you cannot hit below the belt.
b) To tighten your belt means to spend
less money and manage without
luxuries as you have less money.
We have to tighten our belt since
we have just bought a house.
Someone who wears several hats has
several roles or jobs to perform.
Joan is a talented lady who wears several hats.
a) Something that skirts an area is
situated around the edge of it.
There are cows grazing in the
field that skirts the lake.
b) If you skirt a problem,
you avoid dealing with it.
He skirted the issue of raising
funds for the school.
a) Ties are connections that you
have with people or a place.
Malaysia has close ties with Indonesia.
b) If two people tie in a contest or game,
they have the same number of points
or same degree of success.
There is a tie between the Red
house and the Green house.
Something that fits like a glove fits perfectly.
To work hand in glove means to work closely.
He and his brother work hand in glove
in running their timber business.
To cloak something means to cover it or hide it.
i) Mt Kinabalu was cloaked in mist.
ii) Her wedding plans were made
under a cloak of secrecy.
Something which has no frills has
no extra features but only the basics.
I stayed at a hotel which provided good
accommodation with no frills.
To lace food or drinks with a substance
such as a drug means to put a small
amount of it into the food or drinks.
Some years ago, some chocolates in
Japan were laced with poison.
i) If you collar someone who has done something
wrong, who is escaping, you catch them or
hold them so that they cannot escape.
The thief tried to flee but was
collared at the junction.
ii) Blue collar jobs require physical work
such as making things in factories.
iii) White collar workers work in offices,
and are better paid.
Many high-ranking officials are the
brains behind white collar crimes.
If you have something up your sleeve,
you have an idea or plan which you
have not told anyone about.
He was smiling at the meeting, so
I suspect he has a trick up his sleeve.
If you wear your heart on your sleeve,
you openly show your feelings.
i) If someone bores, charms or scares
the pants off you, they bore,
charm or scare you a lot.
His sweet talk scares the pants off me.
ii) If one person in a relationship,
especially the woman,
wears the pants, they are the
one who makes all the decisions.
Mei Li is the one who wears the
pants in her home.
by Uncle Teng