This is just a few to get us started – academic idioms as flash cards!
Test yourselves, try to use them, suggest others in the comments below!
Can anyone see which of the idioms is illustrated in this post’s featured image? Have you ever felt like this? Let us know about it in the comments!
Pretend that you agree with someone so as to avoid negative consequences.
I disagreed, but since he’s my boss I decided to eat humble pie.
When the roles of leader and follower are reversed, unfortunately for the new follower!
He gave me a hard time when he was my boss, but now the shoe is on the other foot. I’m his boss!
Avoiding the main point in an argument.
Stop beating around the bush! Just say what you want to say!
Competing at an equal level.
Samsung and Apple are neck and neck in terms of sales.
Taking extreme steps to solve a problem so that the overall effect is worse than the original problem.
Banning hooliganism by banning football is like throwing out the baby with the bath water!
You do something very infrequently.
I go to the cinema once in a blue moon – maybe once every five years!
To receive something that is not as attractive than the things other people receive.
I drew the short straw when it came to job placement. My colleagues went to tropical countries but they sent me to Iceland!
Main means of earning money.
Farming is their bread and butter. It’s their only source of income.
Using original thought to think about a problem.
Innovation starts to happen when people think outside the box.
Looking in the wrong place for something, or talking about something irrelevant.
When people complain about the public sector, they’re barking up the wrong tree. The private sector is much worse!
When you do something you don’t really want to do, but you have to.
I don’t want to make all those people redundant, but I suppose I’ll have to bite the bullet.
When she told me she loved me I felt like I was on cloud nine.
A situation in which meanings are less clear and often ignored.
The gig economy is a grey area in terms of taxation and employment benefits.
You are aware of the latest details relating to an ongoing situation.
Please keep me in the loop, John. I need to know all the latest developments!