Month: May 2017

done and dusted, home and dry

  If an activity, event or deal is done and dusted, it has been completed successfully and none of remains to be done. I’ve read many suggestions as to the source, but this one is the most sensible, or, at least, the most interesting. In the past, before blotting paper was created, documents were signed using pens dipped in ink.…

dark horse

This idiom describes a person whose qualities are hidden or someone who is little known and becomes successful unexpectedly. The phrase was originally horse racing jargon. A dark horse was one which wasn’t known to the bettors and was therefore difficult to place odds on. The figurative use later spread to other fields, including politics, and has come to apply…