15 terms

Allusions 1-15 Definitions First Semester

Achilles' heel
a person's area of particular vulnerability
pound of flesh
used to describe someone's insistence on being repaid
sacred cow
refers to something that cannot be interfered with or harmed in any way
crossing the Rubicon
taking an irreversible step, often involving some danger
to cast one's pearls before swine
to offer something precious to someone unable to appreciate the value of what is being given
once in a blue moon
something that occurs very rarely
Mrs. Grundy/Grundyism
an attitude of narrow-minded prudishmess
to shed crocodile tears
to show false sympathy for someone
anything that tempts a person away from safety and toward a destructive path
read the riot act
issue a stern warning
thirty pieces of silver; kiss of betrayal
payment received for an act of treachery; a supposed friend's treachery
Gordian knot; cutting the Gordian knot
any extremely complex problem; solving such a problem in a quick, decisive manner
ivory tower
an unreachable place; being out of touch with reality
all that glitters is not gold
something that appears valuable on the outside may in fact be less than valuable
sound and fury
a great, tumultuous, and passionate uproar that actually is unimportant or meaningless