dance to a different tune
- talk or act differently (usually better) because things have changedHe has begun dancing to a different tune now that he knows that his head salesman is thinking of quitting.
- a candidate little known to the general publicAt first he was a dark horse candidate but he later won the election.
- do or finish quickly, leave quicklyI will dash off a letter now but then I must go to work.
- become clearIt finally dawned on me as to why he was angry.
day and night
- continuallyWe worked day and night to finish the project before the end of the month.
day in and day out
- regularly, all the timeHe goes to that restaurant day in and day out and never gets tired of it.
- exactly in front, beforeThere was a truck dead ahead so we put on the car brakes suddenly.
dead as a doornail
- very deadThe man was dead as a doornail as we could see after the accident.
- a person who never pays his debtsThere is a policy to penalize deadbeat fathers by the local government.
- exact middleHe was able to hit the target dead center.
- person or thing in a hopeless situation or conditionHe is a dead duck and has no hope of recovering his former position.
- the closed end of a road or an impasseThe negotiations between the team and the owners have come to a dead end.
- with an expressionless or emotionless faceHe had a deadpan expression when he told us the story.
dead set against something
- determined not to do somethingThey are dead set against their son going to Europe for a year.
- very tired, exhaustedI was dead tired so I went to bed as soon as I got home.
dead to the world
- fast asleepThe little boy was dead to the world when his father took him out of the car.
- dressed in fancy clothesShe was all decked out in her best clothes for the party.
- throw away, dispose ofI decided to deep-six the videos as I didn't want them any longer.
- serious trouble or difficultyHe will be in deep water if he doesn't tell us where he spent the money.
deliver the goods
- succeed in doing what is expected wellHe is the best manager that we have ever had. He knows how to deliver the goods.
- unworried, not caring what happensHe has a devil-may-care attitude to his job and nothing ever bothers him.
- come slowly to an end, grow weakerWhen the sound of the music finally died down we were able to get to sleep.
- die one after another until the number is smallThe house plants began to die off as soon as he moved to a new apartment.
- die or disappear slowly until all goneDinosaurs died out millions of years ago.
- begin eatingLet's dig in and eat before everything is cold!
dime a dozen
- common, easy to get and of little valueUsed books are a dime a dozen so don't worry if you can't sell them.
- a look that shows dislike or disapprovalHis mother gave him a dirty look when he smoked the cigarette.
- serve food from a large bowl or plateHe began to dish out the food as soon as the guests arrived.
- treat or criticize roughlyHe likes to dish out criticism to others but he doesn't like to hear criticism about himself.
do a double take
- look again in surprise at someone or somethingShe did a double take when she saw her old boyfriend with another woman.
do a job on
- do harm to, make ugly or uselessHe really did a job on the plans for the new house that he was working on.
do away with
- put an end to, stop, get rid ofThe company has decided to do away with having fixed holidays every year.
- ready or willing to fight and hurt others to get what you wantIt is a dog-eat-dog world out in the world of advertising and public relations.
- to ruin, destroyHe quickly did in the new shoes that he received for his birthday.
- to make tired, exhaustHe was really done in by the time that he finished the marathon.
- dress in fancy clothesShe was all dolled up for the party at the downtown hotel.
- ruined, defeated, dyingI think that the team is done for as far as this season is concerned.
- be finished using somethingHe was finally done with the computer and so he let his sister use it.
do one's best
- try to do something as well as you canI tried to do my best on the exam.
do one's bit (part)
- share in a group project by contributing one's time and effortHe did his bit for the planning of the party.
do one's thing
- do what one wants to do and enjoysHe is an individualist and enjoys doing his thing when and where he chooses.
- make a great effort while disregarding dangerHe was in a position of do-or-die when he finally found another job.
do out of
- cause to lose by trickery or cheatingHe was worried that the company would do him out of the large bonus that he was expecting.
do someone good
- be good or beneficial for someoneIt will do you good to go on a holiday.
do something rash
- take drastic action (usually without thinking)She is extremely angry so I hope that she doesn't do anything rash.
do the honors
- perform the duty of a host (when serving a drink etc.)Would you like to do the honors and pour everyone a glass of wine?
do the trick
- work well, achieve a good resultI think the new piece of equipment should do the trick and solve the problem.
- spend time in prisonHe was doing time when I first heard about him.
- benefit fromI have been working hard all day so now I could do with a cold drink.
- be acquainted, involved or associated withI don't have anything to do with the party this year.
- manage without somethingIf there is no sugar, we'll have to do without.
- turn back from where you are going or have beenWe decided to double back from the arena to get some money to go to a movie.
- check again to be sure something is correctHe double-checked the price of the airplane ticket.
- deceive, promise one thing and do anotherHe tried to double-cross his partner but was caught and sent to jail.
- talk that appears to have meaning but does notHe gave the audience a lot of double-talk so nobody knew what he wanted to say.
- share a room or home with someoneThe passengers had to double up in hotel rooms when the plane was delayed because of the weather.
down and out
- have no moneyHe has been down and out before but he has always been able to find a job eventually.
down in the dumps
- unhappyShe has been really down in the dumps since her boyfriend moved away.
down on (someone)
- be critical of someone, angry atShe is really down on her friend but I don't really know the reason.
down one's alley
- suited to one's tastes and abilitiesComputers are down his alley so I am sure that he will be interested in taking the job.
down the line
- straight ahead, in futureThere will be many changes at this company down the line but for now your job is safe.
down the drain
- wasted or lostHe is just throwing money down the drain when he goes to the horse races.
- sensible and practicalHer mother is a very down-to-earth person.
down to the wire
- nearing a deadline, running out of timeWe went right down to the wire but we were able to finish the job on time.
- produce excellent resultsIf you begin to do some exercise it will do wonders for your health.
- insist on bringing another subject into a discussionHe always drags in his personal problems when we are talking about his performance on the job.
- pass very slowly, make longerThe speech seemed to drag on and on so finally we decided to leave early.
drag one's feet/heels
- act slowly or reluctantlyHe has been dragging his feet about whether or not to take the job.
draw a blank
- obtain nothing in return for an effort made, get a negative resultHe drew a blank when he went to the head office to try and receive some information about the merger.
- receive criticism or argumentHe has been drawing a lot of fire since he announced that he would not play basketball another year.
- be a target, attract or provoke shootingThe soldiers drew fire when they entered the small village.
draw in one's horns
- spend less moneyTheir company is not doing well so they will have to draw in their horns for awhile.
draw (someone) out
- make a person talk or tell somethingShe was very quiet but we finally were able to draw her out so that she would join the party.
draw the line
- set a limitWe have to draw the line somewhere in regards to the costs of the party.
- put in writingThey were able to draw up the new contract while we were waiting.
dressed to kill
- wear one's finest clothesShe was dressed to kill when I saw her at the concert last week.
dressed to the nines (teeth)
- dressed elegantlyThe stars were all dressed to the nines during the Academy Awards ceremony.
- put on one's best clothesHe decided to dress up for dinner at the restaurant.
drive a hard bargain
- conclude a bargain without making any concessionsAlthough he drives a hard bargain I like doing business with him.
- try or want to say somethingI don't know what he was driving at in his speech.
drive someone up a wall
- irritate or annoy someone greatlyHis constant complaining is driving me up a wall.
drop a hint
- casually utter a hint or suggestionHe dropped a hint that he wanted to transfer to a new department.
drop (someone) a line
- write or mail a note or letter to someoneShe promised that she would drop me a line when she gets to Singapore.
- move or step backwards, retreatDuring the hike his foot began to get sore so he decided to drop back and rest for awhile.
- to visit someone or somewhereHe dropped by after work for a drink.
drop by the wayside
- give up or fail before the finishMany runners dropped by the wayside as the marathon continued.
- go away and be quiet, stop bothering someoneI told him to drop dead when he came into my room and now he is angry at me.
- make a short or unplanned visitI decided to drop in and visit my friend after I finished work for the day.
drop in the bucket
- small amountThe money he paid back was only a drop in the bucket compared to what he owes.
drop out (of school)
- quit school or a course of some kindShe dropped out of the class after three months.
drown one's sorrows
- drink alcohol to forget one's problemsHe's in the bar drowning his sorrows with a beer.
- make so much noise that it is impossible to hearThe team captain was drowned out by the cheering fans.
- invent, encourage by making an effortThey were able to drum up a lot of business during the summer.
- easy, effortlessHow was the test last week? It was duck soup - no problem at all.
- a stupid gullible personHe is a dumb bunny and you never know what he will do next.
- meal/movie etc. where each person pays their own way, contribute equally to somethingWhen he goes out with his girlfriend it is always a Dutch treat as he doesn't have much money.
- think about or talk about something all the timeI wish he wouldn't always dwell on his personal problems.