Posts tagged ‘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
    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 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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April 20, 2010

Idioms relating to Intelligence, Understanding and Logic

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  1. Be on the ball If you are on the ball, you are aware of what is happening
    and are able to react to the situation quickly.
  2. Bang your head against a brick wall If you bang your head against a brick wall, you continue vainly to
    try and achieve something  in spite of several unsuccessful attempts.
    “I’ve been banging my head against a brick wall trying to explain the
    internet to my grandmother.”
  3. Think better of something If you think better of something, you decide not to do something
    that you intended doing.
    “I wanted to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park,
    I thought better of it.”

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April 19, 2010

Idioms Relating To Health

by Prashant Kumar Sharma
  • In bad shape: A person who is in bad shape is in poor physical condition.
    Example: “I really am in bad shape.  I need to get some exercise.”
  • Get yourself back into shape: To get yourself back into shape, you need to take exercise
    in order to become fit and healthy again.
    Example: “Se decided she’d have to get back into shape before looking
    for a new job.”
  • Black out: If you black out, you lose consciousness.
    Example: “When Tony saw the needle, he blacked out.”
  • As blind as a bat
    Someone whose vision is very poor, or who is unable to see

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