be on
{v. phr.} 1. To be in operation; be in the process of being presented. * /The news is on now on Channel 2; it will be off in five minutes./ 2. To be in the process of happening; to take place. * /We cannot travel now to certain parts of Africa, as there is a civil war on there right now./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • be on — {v. phr.} 1. To be in operation; be in the process of being presented. * /The news is on now on Channel 2; it will be off in five minutes./ 2. To be in the process of happening; to take place. * /We cannot travel now to certain parts of Africa,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the outs with — {v. phr.} To not be on speaking terms with someone; be in disagreement with someone. * /Jane and Tom have been on the outs with one another since Tom started to date another woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the outs with — {v. phr.} To not be on speaking terms with someone; be in disagreement with someone. * /Jane and Tom have been on the outs with one another since Tom started to date another woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the verge of — {v. phr.} To be about to do something; be very close to. * /We were on the verge of going bankrupt when, unexpectedly, my wife won the lottery and our business was saved./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the verge of — {v. phr.} To be about to do something; be very close to. * /We were on the verge of going bankrupt when, unexpectedly, my wife won the lottery and our business was saved./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on to — {v. phr.} To understand the motives of someone; not be deceived. * /Jack keeps telling us how wealthy his family is, but we are on to him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on to — {v. phr.} To understand the motives of someone; not be deceived. * /Jack keeps telling us how wealthy his family is, but we are on to him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the rocks — See: ON THE ROCKS, GO ON THE ROCKS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the rocks — See: ON THE ROCKS, GO ON THE ROCKS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the wagon — See: ON THE WAGON, FALL OFF THE WAGON …   Dictionary of American idioms

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