Preposition Idioms: 10 Common Idioms with the Preposition “ON”

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Preposition Idioms: 10 Common Idioms with the Preposition “On”

11. On the Dot

Definition:

Exactly; at an expected interval

For example:

I will pick you up at 3 on the dot. Don’t be late!

10. On the Blink

Definition:

Not working, intermittently not working

For example:

The computer’s on the blink, and we have work piling up!

9. On the Down Low (D.L.)

Definition:

Secretly

For example:

Theresa and Jim are a couple, but he’s been seeing Bernice on the D.L.

8. On the Fence

Definition:

Undecided between two choices

For example:

I’m on the fence about the election—both candidates have their good and bad points.

7. On the Fritz

Definition:

Not working properly

For example:

The machine is on the fritz—we’re going to have to sort the cans by hand.

6. On the Fly

Definition:

While in motion, while traveling

For example:

I’ll eat dinner on the fly and meet you at 8.

5. On the Wagon

Definition:

Not drinking, having given up drinking

For example:

I’ll just take a Coke—I’m on the wagon.

4. On the Ball

Definition:

Prepared, alert, competent

For example:

Ralph is on the ball. I think we can leave the office under his supervision for a few days.

3. On the Same Page

Definition:

Understanding a situation in the same way

For example:

Sheila and I are on the same page about the sales presentation. We’ll work out the details tomorrow.

2. On Cloud Nine

Definition:

Extremely happy

For example:

Cindy was on cloud nine after her boyfriend proposed to her.

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