100 idioms and their meanings and examples - part 4

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76. Foot in the door -

Meaning - Small but good start with a possibility for a bright future.

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 the breadline.

83. Make or break -

Meaning - Circumstances causing total success or total ruin.

Example - The huge investment in this big project with make or break him.

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 riches.

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 Murphy's law.

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 afford. 

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 opportunities.

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 problems.

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.  

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This wasn''t that helpful because I already knew the answer to my subjet call me Ella milla and so more

Ella 05-3-2019 11:49 AM


Achilles'' heel meaning

Achilles 10-26-2017 05:27 AM

Point Of Correction

There Was An Error In The Spelling Of Choosing Instead Of Shoosing " Idiom 97 .......Shosing.....
But Mistakes Are Common But Thanks Alot!

John 08-5-2017 03:47 AM


cross the fingers.
have mixed feelings
nine to five
get cold feet

aditya 06-25-2017 05:19 AM


nice and helped me immensly in my project thanks

BELLA 12-27-2016 10:25 AM

Idiomatic expression

Pls find the meaning
Jump the gun
A frog in the throat
Feeling blue
Pull your weight
Walks on eggshell
Opening a can of worms
Written all over your face
Taste of your own medicine
Cry your eyes out
Hit the book
Tie the knot
Kick the bucket
Got a tiger by a tiger
Blood out of stone
Ants in your pants
See the light
Make waves
Rock the boat
Fish out of water
Eagle eyes
Wall have ears

Khristine 09-22-2016 10:13 PM


Can u plz help me in finding the meaning of these idioms:
1.bits and pieces
2.man in the street
3.raising spirit
4.pass through
5.fall a prey


SHAHZIL 08-29-2016 11:34 AM

general knowledge

please find idioms meaning
to get into hot water
to put the cart before the horse

ishan 03-2-2016 04:40 AM


Its great I learnt many new idioms and their meanings. I appreciate this very much.

Nimal 03-11-2015 01:37 AM

hit the road running

So much useful for learning and speaking English sweetly.

raghupal 03-1-2015 05:03 AM

idiomatic expression

What a nic idiom fanks cuz it help me very well.slept on a rope

dhavids 01-29-2015 05:48 PM

hit the road running

i wish all the best for helping me to go across the idioms i have learnt so much and m gona pass them to some of my friends

coolboy 10-5-2014 05:01 PM


i love what i saw here. I have gained more knowledge through these idioms and their meanings. Thank u and God bless u

Nwaeleka Chukwuemeka 02-22-2014 12:13 PM


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