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Academic Idioms

Posted by on June 22nd, 2018 | 0 comments

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!

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

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