[ lid ]
/ lɪd /


verb (used with object), lid·ded, lid·ding.

to supply or cover with a lid.

Idioms for lid

    blow/flip one's lid, Slang. to lose control, especially to rage hysterically: He nearly flipped his lid over the way they damaged his car.Also flip one's wig.
    blow the lid off, Informal. to expose to public view, especially to reveal something scandalous, illegal, etc.

Origin of lid

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlid; cognate with Dutch, German lid, Old Norse hlith gate, gateway


sub·lid, nounun·der·lid, nounun·lid·ded, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for blow the lid off

/ (lɪd) /


Derived forms of lid

lidded, adjective

Word Origin for lid

Old English hlid; related to Old Friesian hlid, Old High German hlit cover
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Idioms and Phrases with blow the lid off (1 of 2)

blow the lid off

Also, blow wide open. Expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example, The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with blow the lid off (2 of 2)


see blow the lid off; flip one's lid; put the lid on.

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