Idioms List with the Preposition “AT”

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Idioms List with the Preposition “AT”

11. 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.

10. At Death’s Door

Definition:

Dying

For example:

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

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. 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.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 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.

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