Dennis Oliver's Idioms: L
lend someone a hand: help someone.
"I can't do this alone. Can you lend me a
leave well enough alone: do nothing (because doing
something would make things worse).
"Don't tell Jim how to discipline his children.
Leave well enough alone."
a let-down: a disappointment; something that's very
"It must've been quite a let-down not to be
chosen for that job.
I know you really hoped you would get it."
Let sleeping dogs lie.: Don't cause problems by doing
something when it isn't necessary.
"I know that what Julie said made you angry, but
let sleeping dogs lie.
If you say or do anything, you'll only make things worse."
live from hand to mouth: survive on very little money; have
only enough money
to pay for basic needs.
"Chuck and Alice are living from hand to mouth
since Chuck lost his job."
live and let live: don't unnecessarily make things
do as you wish and let others do as they wish.
"I'm not going to criticize Alice's family just
because their habits
are a little strange. My motto is 'Live and let live.'"
a low blow: a big disappointment.
A: "Fred seems depressed. Is he OK?"
B: "He's OK, but not good. It was a low blow for him to be
laid off from his job."
lousy: terrible; very bad.
"Why did you speak so rudely to your grandmother? That
was a lousy thing to do!"