all in one
- combinedI was able to use my car for travelling and sleeping all in one.
all rolled up in one
- combinedHis brother is president and vice-president all rolled up in one.
at one time
- at a time in the pastAt one time the man had no money but now he is very rich.
at one with someone
- share the same view as someoneThe other members of the committee are at one with me over my decision to fire the lazy worker.
at sixes and sevens
- in a state of confusionEveryone was at sixes and sevens after the announcement that the company was going out of business.
back to square one
- back to where one startedWe were forced to go back to square one in our efforts to change the name of the company.
cut both/two ways
- be capable of having two opposite effectsMy decision to complain to our boss could cut two ways and cause him to be pleased as well as angry at me.
dressed to the nines
- dressed in one's best clothesThe woman who we saw at the concert was dressed to the nines.
(I/you/he etc) for one
- as one exampleI for one do not believe that our president will really change the company policy related to hiring new staff.
for one thing
- for one reason (among others)It is not possible to use the old building. For one thing it will not pass the fire regulations.
- a short sleep during the dayAs soon as I arrived home I lay down and had forty winks.
give three cheers for someone
- give praise or approval for someone who has done wellThe crowd gave three cheers for the team after they won the final game.
great one for something
- a great enthusiast for somethingMy friend is a great one for staying up all night and watching horror movies.
hundred to one shot/chance
- a small chance not likely to bring successHe only has a hundred to one shot at getting the job that he has applied for.
hundred/thousand/million and one
- very/too manyI can think of a hundred and one reasons why the new employee is not capable of doing his job.
in two minds about something
- undecidedMy niece is in two minds about whether or not she will come and visit me this summer.
in two shakes of a lamb's tail
- very quickly and without difficultyWait one minute. I will be able to help you in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
kill two birds with one stone
- achieve two aims with one effort/actionIf you take the course now you may be able to kill two birds with one stone and receive credit for it on a future program.
new one on me
- something surprising that one did not know beforeMy friend's desire to go to London is a new one on me.
- someone/something who briefly attracts a lot of attentionThe man was a nine-day wonder but soon was forgotten by most of the people at his former company.
nine times out of ten
- almost alwaysNine times out of ten if you have a problem on the computer it is something small that can be easily fixed.
- a routine job in an office, attitude to life that reflects routineHe has a nine-to-five attitude and is not doing very well as a salesperson in his company.
number one (look after/take care of number one)
- oneselfHis atitude is to always look after number one without thinking about anybody else.
on all fours
- on one's hands and kneesThe man was down on all fours in the store looking for the keys to his car.
on cloud nine
- very happyMy sister has been on cloud nine since she won the new car in the contest.
one and only
- the only person or thingThe company has been selling the one and only compatible printer in the world.
one and the same
- exactly the sameDoing the job at home or at the company is one and the same to me so feel free to do what you want.
one by one
- individually, one at a timeThe children entered the school building one by one and very quietly.
one for the road
- one last drink (of alcohol) before one leaves for homeWe decided to stay at the party and have one for the road before taking a taxi home.
one good turn deserves another
- if someone helps you it is fair to help them in returnOne good turn deserves another so we made a great effort to help those people who had helped us in the past.
one hell/heck of a something
- the emphasis that something is very good or badThe residents of the town gave the Prime Minister one heck of a welcome when he visited them last winter.
one in a million
- a great or unique personHe is one of the finest coaches in the world and is definitely one in a million.
one of the boys
- an accepted member of a groupHe always tries to act like one of the boys but in reality nobody really likes him.
one of these days
- soon, before longOne of these days they say that they will open a new movie theater but still we have been waiting many years.
one of those days
- a bad day where nothing goes rightIt was one of those days and right from early morning things went wrong.
one of those things
- something is unfortunate but must be acceptedHer sudden illness is one of those things and there is nothing we can do about it.
one or two
- a few, a small numberThere were only one or two people at the meeting so it was postponed until later.
(the) one that got away
- referring to a fish that you didn't catch or an opportunity that you missedMy father said that he had caught many fish but the biggest one was the one that got away.
one too many
- too much alcoholThe man drank one too many so his friends would not let him drive home.
one up on someone
- have an advantage over someoneI am one up on my best friend because he is still looking for a job while I have already found one.
one's lucky number comes up
- someone is lucky or has good fortuneMy lucky number finally came up when I was chosen to go to Los Angeles in order to represent our company at the conference.
one's number is up
- something bad will happen to someoneI think that the manager's number is up and he will soon be fired from his job.
one's opposite number
- someone who has the same position as oneself in another company or organizationI spoke with my opposite number in the other company but he didn't agree with me about the new sales policy.
pull a fast one (on someone)
- cheat someoneThey tried to pull a fast one on me at the car repair shop but I stopped them easily.
put two and two together
- make a correct guessWe were able to put two and two together and discover who was sending the unwanted E-mail.
- a single drink of alcohol taken before one does something elseWe stopped for a quick one on the way home but stayed for more than an hour.
- in a situation of great happinessShe has been in seventh heaven since she moved to the new department.
six feet under
- dead and buriedMy uncle has been six feet under for over five years now.
six of one and a half dozen of the other
- there is little difference between two things/situationsWhatever you do is no problem for me. It is six of one and half a dozen of the other.
(a) stitch in time saves nine
- any damage or mistake should be corrected immediately in order to prevent it getting worseYou should try and repair your car before it becomes worse. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.
ten to one
- very likelyI will make a bet that ten to one he comes to work late again today.
there are no two ways about it
- there is no alternativeHis boss told him that there are no two ways about it and he will have to change his habits or he will be fired.
two can play that game
- you can also treat someone in the same way as they have treated youThe employees told the boss that two can play that game and if he was too strict they would also be unflexible at work.
two heads are better than one
- it is better to work with another person to solve problems etcTwo heads are usually better than one when you are trying to solve a difficult problem.
two wrongs don't make a right
- you can't justify a wrong action by saying that someone else did the same thing to youTwo wrongs don't make a right and if someone does something bad to you you should not try and hurt them as well.
two's company (three's a crowd)
- better to leave two people together than for a third person to interfereMy friend wanted to come along on the date between me and my girlfriend but I told him that two's company and three's a crowd so he stayed home.
- the three basic skills from school - reading, (w)riting, (a)rithmeticMany people believe that teaching the three R's is the most important role for schools.