THE IDIOM CONNECTION
quake in one's boots
- to be afraid, to shake from fearI was quaking in my boots when my boss told me to come to his office.
queer as a three-dollar bill
- to be very strangeThe woman is the strangest person that I have ever met. She is as queer as a three-dollar bill.
quick and dirty
- fast and cheap, fast and carelessThe method that the company chose to cut expenses was quick and dirty.
quick as a flash
- very quicklyI left the house as quick as a flash and went to work.
quick as a wink
- very quicklyThe woman turned around and quick as a wink her purse was stolen.
quick as geased lightning
- very quickly, very fastThe cat climbed up the tree as quick as greased lightning.
quick on the draw
- to be able to respond to something quickly, to be quick to draw a gun and shootThe man is quick on the draw and can answer most questions very quickly.
quick on the trigger
- to be quick to respond to something, to be quick to draw a gun and shootThe man was too quick on the trigger and should have thought more carefully about what he was going to do.
quick on the uptake
- to be quick to understand somethingThe student is quick on the uptake and understands most scientific theories quickly.
quiet as a mouse
- very quiet, shy and silentThe little boy was quiet as a mouse as he moved around the kitchen.
quite a bit
- much or manyI had quite a bit of time so I went to the library.
quite a few
- manyThe boy has quite a few DVDs at home.
quite a lot
- much or manyThere are quite a lot of people in the meeting hall.
quite a number
- much or manyQuite a number of the teachers agreed to use the new textbooks.
quite a (something)
- definitely somethingThe girl is quite a pianist and everybody loves her.
quote a price
- to state in advance the charge for doing or supplying somethingI asked the moving company to quote a price to move our furniture.