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Frequently Used ASL Idioms and Expressions

Note:  Most of these signs are just regular vocabulary signs in ASL.
However, many people for many years have called them "idioms" and "expressions" (probably because the English translations often appear as an expression).  None-the-less, these are fun signs use and well worth knowing.

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Idioms & Expressions Sentence Translations #1 - 13

1. DO-DO-DO               Can mean "what are you doing?" or you are in an awkward situation and wondering how to get out of it.

 

2. TOUCH+FINISH      "Have you been to ...?" or "I have already been to..."

 

3. VOMIT! "                   I really hate that" or "I can't stand that" or "That is repulsive"

 

4. FUNNY^NONE        "That's not funny" or "This is nothing to laugh at

 

5. FEEL+DEFLATED    Used to indicate a feeling "flat" or "very small" when you have made a blunder or something you thought was correct turns out to be wrong.

 

6. OUT-OF-SIGHT         This idiom usually is used for something that is fantastic or for an individual who is superior to others.

 

7. O-I-C                          "Oh, I see"

 

8. THINK+DISAPPEAR The thought slipped my mind

 

9. ON-THE-FENCE        Similar to the English idiom.

 

10. SQUARE-MIND       Blockhead, nitwit.

 

11. MIND^FROZEN       Shocked, can't think

 

12. FALL-IN-LOVE        Fall head or heels in love with

 

13. TRAIN-GONE          Missed out on

 

14. BLOW-ONE' TOP   Similar to the English idiom

 

15. WHAT'S-UP              "What's up?" "What's happening" "How are you?" Use this sign when you are with friends not new people.

 

16. FINE!-wiggle              Used as a reaction to some humorous human error or joke or as a response to a clever or witty remark.

 

17. MIND+LIMIT            I can't think or take-in anymore just now, or my brain is tired and full

 

18. I-I-I                            Egotistic, think only of yourself.

 

20. STINK                       Perform badly

 

21. SWALLOW-PRIDE  I felt like a fool, gulp! oops!

 

22. TURTLE-NECK        Humiliated, embarrassed

 

23. POINT-BREAK-THROUGH  Get your point across, get it into your thick skull

 

24. BULLDOZE, REJECT Discriminate, outcast, lay-off

 

25. IN/OUT EARS/EYES  Not paying attention, daydreaming, no comprehension

 

26. YAK-AROUND        People are talking about it all over, It was all over town7.

 

27. ONE-UP-ON             Gotcha! take that!

 

28. BLOW-UP-IN-FACE  Back fire

 

29. GOBBLE-UP             Consume time, gas, money

 

30. GRAB-EYES             Fascinating, interesting

 

31. QUESTION-ON-BRAIN  Puzzled, confused

 

32. BIG-HEAD                Egotistical, swell-headed

 

33. FINE!                         Repulsive, Unthinkable

 

34. COW-IT (1) & (2)  (1) I'm not crazy about that; (2) very slow, taking forever

 

35. LEGS-IN-AIR           Suddenly stricken ill, or hurt, laid-up

 

36. BURNING-INSIDE   Feeling upset or angry; stewing

 

37. PAST-HEAD             I don't get it; over my head

 

38. MIND-BLANK         Completely forgot about that, can't think of it now

 

39. NOTHING                 No problem, means nothing to me

 

40. HUNGRY++              Passionate, horny