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Idioms List with the Preposition “AT”

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Idioms List with the Preposition “AT”

Idioms List with the Preposition “AT”

At Loose Ends

Definition:

Not knowing what to do with oneself, having a great deal of spare time

For example:

After graduating from college, Jon found himself at loose ands and decided to travel.

At Death’s Door

Definition:

Dying

For example:

We came home to find my grandmother at death’s door.

At Sixes and Sevens

Definition:

In a state of confusion or disagreement about how to deal with a situation

For example:

The whole company is at sixes and sevens over how to respond to the new foreign competitors.

At the Drop of a Hat

Definition:

Spontaneously, suddenly

For example:

Jacob is unpredictable. He won’t leave the office for weeks, but then he’ll take off for New York at the drop of a hat.

At the End of One’s Rope (Tether)

Definition:

Running out of endurance or patience

For example:

Amber keeps whistling in the office. She doesn’t even realize she’s doing it, but I’m at the end of my rope.

At the End of the Day … (X Will Happen.)

Definition:

In the final analysis, when all is said and done

For example:

Yes, there will be problems if we enter the South American market, but at the end of the day there are large profits to be made there.

At Wit’s End

Definition:

Frustrated because all measures to deal with something have failed

For example:

I’m at my wit’s end trying to deal with the insect infestation—nothing I’ve tried has worked.

Back At You

Definition:

Same to you (used to return a greeting or insult)

For example:

Hey, it’s great to see you! —Back at you.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Definition:

A sign of hope after a long period of difficulties

For example:

Lindsay has been having a lot of personal problems. But yesterday she said she’s seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Point the Finger At

Definition:

Accuse, blame

For example:

In the meeting today, Yolanda pointed the finger at the marketing team for the decline in sales.