To Kill a Mockingbird Idioms Chapters 5-16

Acid tongue in her head (chapter 5) Acid id very bitter in taste. Someone with an acid tongue is someone who tends to speak bitterly or sharply.
To get one’s goat (chapter 5) Is to make a person disgusted or angry.
Walked on eggs (chapter 7) To walk very carefully.
Bowed to the inevitable (chapter 9) An event or occurrence that is inevitable is one that cannot be stopped from occurring. To realize this fact and resists fighting it. Atticus realizes that, sooner or later, Scout and Jem would be given guns and be taught how to shoot, so he doesn’t try to fight it.
Drew a bead on him (chapter 9) Is to aim at or focus on that person.
Set my teeth permanently on edge (chapter 9) Is to annoy someone or make them feel nervous the way in which Aunt Alexandra tends to annoy Scout.
Break camp (chapter 10) Is to pack up; move on. In Scout’s case, Atticus is telling her to put her gun away and quit her game.
Tooth and nail (chapter 10) Is to fight that person as fiercely as possible (literally with teeth and fingernails if necessary)
Tribal curse (chapter 10) A family curse or, more aptly, an affliction shared by members of a family. Apparently, many members of the Finch family have had problems with their left eyes.
‘druthers (chapter 11) A contraction of the phrase “I’d rather.” Your ‘druthers is your choice or preference; it’s what you’d rather do or have.
Slow fuse (chapter 11) Is someone who is not easily upset or angered.
When the chips are down (chapter 11) At the most important time. [ in gambling games, a person puts chips or money down in front of him to show that he is willing to risk an amount in a bet.]
Traveled in state (chapter 13) Is to do so in the position of a person of great wealth.
He had seen the light (chapter 15) In this case it means to have become religious.
Blind spots (chapter 16) A prejudice or area of ignorance that someone has but is unaware of. an example is Mr. Cunningham’s prejudice against Tom Robinson.

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