Archive for ‘Useful Idioms’

April 26, 2010

Idioms relating to Authority, Power

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  1. Big fish in a small pond This term is used to refer to an important or highly-ranked person in a
    small group or organization.
    “He could get a job with a big company but he enjoys being a big fish
    in a small pond
    .”
  2. Bulldoze somebody (into doing
    something)
    A person who is bulldozed into doing something is forced to
    do it, especially by being bullied or intimidated.
    “The immigrants were bulldozed into accepting the work”
  3. Call the shots If you call the shots, you are in command of the situation and
    make all the important decisions. (Also : call the tune.)
    “Ask Julie – she’s the one who calls the shots.”

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April 22, 2010

Idioms Relating To Employment, Jobs

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  1. Above and beyond the call of duty If a person does something which is above and beyond the
    call of duty
    , they show a greater degree of courage or effort
    than is usually required or expected in their job.
    “The fire-fighter received a medal for his action which went
    above and beyond the call of duty.
  2. Back-room boys This term refers to people who do important work but have no
    contact with the public.
    Back-room boys don’t always receive the credit they deserve
    for their work.”
  3. Brain drain
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April 21, 2010

Idioms Relating To Enthusiasm, Impatience

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  1. Ants in one’s pants People who have ants in their pants are very restless
    or excited about something
    “I wish he’d relax. He’s got ants in his pants
    about something today!”
  2. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed A person who is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
    is very enthusiastic and full of energy.
    “Gary was fantastic!  He arrived bright-eyed and
    bush-tailed at 7 am and worked with us all day.”
  3. Do nothing by halves When a person does everything they are engaged
    in completely and thoroughly, they are

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April 21, 2010

Idioms Relating To Anger, Irritation

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  1. To be up in arms If you are up in arms about something, you are very angry.
    “The population was up in arms over the demolition of the
    old theatre.”
  2. Get off my back! If you tell somebody to get off your back, you ask them to stop
    finding faults or criticizing you.
  3. A bad hair day Originating as a humorous comment about one’s hair being
    unmanageable, this term has broadened to mean ‘a day
    when everything seems to go wrong’.
    “What’s wrong with Jenny? Is she having a bad hair day?”
  4. Bite
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