76. Foot in the door -
Meaning - Small but good start with a possibility for a bright
Example - With customers coming in, his new venture has got a
foot in the door.
77. Go great guns -
Meaning - Being successful.
Example - Ram's preparation for the final exams is going great
guns. He scored 90% marks in the practice test.
78. Dead in the water -
Meaning - Plan or project that has ceased to function and is
not expected to be re-activated in future.
Example - Because of the revolt from the civil society, the
plan to get the FDI in various sectors is now dead in the water.
79. Flying start -
Meaning - Something that is immediately successful.
Example - The film hit the box office with a flying start and
collected the highest revenue on day 1.
80. Make a go of -
Meaning - Succeeding in your enterprise.
Example - With his hard work and dedication, he has made a go
of his new venture.
81. Go to the dogs -
Meaning - Getting comparably less successful than before.
Example - With new corruption scams un-veiling everday, the
country is going to dogs.
81. Go up in smoke -
Meaning - Something that ends before getting a result.
Example - With a vigilant police force around the town, the
plan of antisocial elements to cause chaos went up in smoke.
82. Live on the breadline -
Meaning - Having very little income.
Example - The partition of the country has left many people on
83. Make or break -
Meaning - Circumstances causing total success or total ruin.
Example - The huge investment in this big project with make or
84. Landslide victory -
Meaning - Overwhelming victory received by a candidate of
political party at an election.
Example - With a win of more of than 40% seats in the first two
hours of counting, they are expecting a landslide victory.
85. Let slip through fingers -
Meaning - Failing to obtain or keep up a good opportunity.
Example - This opportunity can be your break through in the
industry. Don't let it slip through your fingers.
86. Rags to riches -
Meaning - Becoming very rich while starting very poor.
Example - His innovative ideas in business got him from rags to
87. On the pig's back -
Meaning - Refers to a person in successful and well situation.
Example - The tourism in the state was on the pig's back before
the terror attacks hit the capital.
88. Miss the boat -
Meaning - Failing to take advantage of an opportunity because
of slow actions.
Example - I managed to get a discount of 10% but could not get
an early bird offer. Reaching late made me miss the boat.
89. Smash hit -
Meaning - Refers to music, films which are very successful.
Example - His music became a smash hit in a week's time.
90. Murphy's law -
Meaning - Means that if anything can go wrong, it will.
Example - Let's be prepared for the worst but don't forget the
91. Place in the sun -
Meaning - Finding a place in the sun refers to a position which
provides you all the success and happiness you want in your life.
Example - Getting married into the renowned business family in
the town, she found a place in the sun.
92. Sink or swim -
Meaning - fail or succeed.
Example - The test will decide if he sinks or swims.
93. Champagne on a beer budget -
Meaning - Wanting expensive things that you can not
Example - She always buys things out of her budget. She has
developed a taste for champagne on beer budget.
94. Top dog -
Meaning - Very successful group, company, person, country etc.
Example - The economic survey proved that they are the top dogs
of the IT industry.
95. Keep up appearances -
Meaning - Maintaining an outward show of prosperity or
well-being while hiding your difficulties
Example - Keeping up the appearances was important for him to
secure the new big projects.
96. Wooden spoon -
Meaning - Imaginary prize for the last person in a race.
Example - We won a wooden spoon at the fashion show.
97. Have the world by its tail -
Meaning - Very successful person who can shoose from a lot of
Example - Being the pioneers in the pharmaceutical industry,
they are now having the world by its tail.
98. Live beyond means -
Meaning - Spending more money than you can afford.
Example - He has a habit of living beyond his means. Most of
the times, you will find him borrowing the money from his friends.
99. Live in an ivory tower -
Meaning - Living a lifestyle that saves you from the real world
Example - Her inexperience in dealing with tough situations is
because she has lived in an ivory tower
100. Hit the road running -
Meaning - Start performing immediately.
Example - She was our old employee. She hit the road running
when she joined us back.