Idioms beginning with S. Select an idiom for more details.

(it) stands to reason

You can say it stands to reason that something should be so if it seems reasonable to you that it should be so.

a shot in the arm INFORMAL

You can say something is a shot in the arm if it gives a person or an organisation renewed energy or enthusiasm.

a sight for sore eyes INFORMAL

If something or someone is a sight for sore eyes, you are glad to see them.

a skeleton in the cupboard | closet

If you have a skeleton in the cupboard, or in the closet, you have a secret in your past which could damage you if it became known.

a slap on the wrist

If someone gives you a slap on the wrist, they give you a mild punishment for making a mistake or doing something wrong.

a slip of the tongue

If you make a slip of the tongue, you make a small mistake when speaking.

safe and sound

If you are safe and sound, nothing has harmed you even though you could have been in danger.

save the day

If you save the day, you do something to ensure success or to solve a serious problem.

see eye to eye

If you see eye to eye with someone, you totally agree with them about something.

see red

If you see red, you become extremely angry.

see through rose-coloured glasses | rose-colored glasses

If someone sees things through rose-coloured glasses, they see things as being better than they really are.

serve someone right

If you say "it serves you right", you're telling someone that their problem is the result of their own bad behaviour, and they deserve it.

set the world on fire

If you set the world on fire, you do something that creates a lot of excitement and makes you famous.

set your sights on

If you set your sights on something, or set your sights on doing something, it becomes the target of your ambition or the object of your attention.

settle a score

If you settle a score with someone who has hurt you or insulted you in the past, you do something to hurt or insult them in return.

shoot yourself in the foot

If you shoot yourself in the foot, you harm yourself in some way by doing something stupid or making a silly mistake.

show your true colours | show your true colors

You show your true colours if you show what you're really like, or you reveal your true character.

sick as a dog

If you're as sick as a dog, you're very sick.

skate on thin ice

If you're skating on thin ice, you're doing something risky, or you're in a situation that could quickly become dangerous.

snowed under

If you are snowed under you have so much to do that you're having trouble doing it all.

so far, so good INFORMAL

You can say "so far, so good" when you're in the middle of doing something, and everything has been going well.

speak your mind

If you speak your mind, you say what you really feel about something, or what you really think.

start from scratch

If you start from scratch, you begin something from the very beginning without using anything else as a starting point.


If something is state-of-the-art, it's the latest and best example of something, or it shows the most recent developments in its field.

steer clear of

If you steer clear of something, you don't go near it because it could harm you or cause you a problem.

stick out like a sore thumb | stand out like a sore thumb

If someone sticks out like a sore thumb, or stands out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they're not the same as the people around them.

Contributor: Matt Errey