Idioms related to numbers

Remember? An idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own.

There are a lot of English 
idioms that use numbers to describe different situations. Do you know any of them? Let's take a look!

  1. If you score full marks in exams, you are 'on cloud nine' because you are very happy.

  2. Someone 'feel / look like a million dollars' if they feel / look extremely well and healthy, both physically and mentally.

  3. 'Forty winks' means a short nap during the day - just what you need when you are sleepy!

  4. Something happens 'nine times out of ten' if it almost always happens .

  5. Someone is 'at sixes and sevens' when they feel confused and disorganised.

  6. You are 'dressed up to the nines' if you are wearing very fashionable or formal clothes for a special occasion. 

  7. Someone is 'on all fours' when they are on their hands and knees.

  8. If someone 'looks out for number one', they take care of themselves first and cares for their own interests rather that those of others.

  9. You can say 'that makes two of us' when you want to tell someone that you are in the same unpleasant situation, or have the same negative feelings as them.

  10. If someone talks 'nineteen / ten to the dozen', they are speaking very rapidly or energetically.