16 Idioms and Expressions about Crime

Here you will learn 16 English idioms and expressions about crime. A rotten apple meaning. To do time. To brush something under the carpet and more.

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16 Idioms and Expressions about Crime

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1️⃣ A ROTTEN APPLE

Meaning: something/someone that is a bad influence on others

Example:

I’d say we’got a rotten apple in our company. Someone has disclosed confidential information to our competitors.

2️⃣ AN INSIDE JOB

Meaning: a crime committed by someone within the company, organisation, group

Example:

The police suspected that the robbery was an inside job.

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3️⃣ TO SPILL THE BEANS

Meaning: to reveal information, the truth

Example:

Nobody knew the truth about the singer until her ex-husband spilt the beans in his new book.

4️⃣ TO POINT THE FINGER AT SOMEONE

Meaning: to accuse someone, to identify someone

Example:

Often in a murder case they struggled to point the finger at anyone.

We can also say 5️⃣ TO BLOW THE WHISTLE ON SOMEONE

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16 Idioms and Expressions about Crime

6️⃣ TO PUT A FOOT WRONG

Meaning: to make mistakes

Example:

Pat rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to her style.

7️⃣ TO COVER SOMEONE’S TRACKS

Meaning: to hide or to get rid of incriminating evidence

Example:

Unless we cover our tracks properly, the police are sure to find us.

8️⃣ TO COME CLEAN

Meaning: to confess to something

Example:

The thief felt guilty so he went to the police station and came clean.

9️⃣ TO DO TIME

Meaning: to serve a prison sentence

Example:

Craig is doing time now because he stole £6m of government funds.

16 Idioms and Expressions about Crime

1️⃣0️⃣ IN HOT WATER

Meaning: in trouble

Example:

If you lie to the authorities, you’ll end up in hot water.

1️⃣1️⃣ TO CARRY THE CAN

Meaning: to take the blame, usually for somebody else

Example:

The manager refused to carry the can and take responsibility.

1️⃣2️⃣ TO BRUSH SOMETHING UNDER THE CARPET

Meaning: to hide or ignore something illegal, unpleasant or embarrassing

Example:

It’s never ok to brush racism under the carpet.

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1️⃣3️⃣ TO CATCH SOMEONE RED-HANDED

Meaning: to discover someone in the act of wrongdoing

Example:

The police caught the thief red-handed.

1️⃣4️⃣ OFF GUARD

Meaning: by surprise

Example:

The question caught the minister off guard, he fell silent and was unable to answer it.

1️⃣5️⃣ TO CUT AND RUN

Meaning: to make a quick escape

Example:

The police rushed to the scene, but the robbers had already cut and run by the time they arrived.

1️⃣6️⃣ BY THE BOOK

Meaning: strictly according to the law or rules

Example:

We have to do it by the book, otherwise we’ll get into trouble.

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