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Go through the motions
When you go through the motions, you do something like an everyday routine and without any feelings whatsoever.
Go to the wire
If someone goes to the wire, they risk their life, job, reputation, etc, to help someone.
Go under the hammer
If something goes under the hammer, it is sold in an auction.
Go west
If something goes west, it goes wrong. If someone goes west, they die.
Go with the flow
If you go with the flow, you accept things as they happen and do what everyone else wants to do.
Go-to guy
A go-to guy is a person whose knowledge of something is considerable so everyone wants to go to him or her for information or results.
Going concern
A successful and active business is a going concern.
Going overboard
If you go overboard with something, then you take something too far, or do too much.
Golden opportunity
A golden opportunity is an usually good chance to do or succeed at something. A chance that should not be missed.
Gone for a burton
(UK) If something's gone for a burton, it has been spoiled or ruined. If a person has gone for a burton, they are either in serious trouble or have died.
Gone to pot
If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn't work any more.
Good antennae
Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things.
Good shape
If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
Good spell
A spell can mean a fairly or relatively short period of time; you'll hear weather forecasts predict a dry spell. Sports commentators will say that a sportsperson is going through a good spell when they're performing consistently better than they normally do.
Good to go
Someone or something that meets one's approval. 'He is good to go.' 'The idea you had is good to go.'
Grease the skids
If you grease the skids, you facilitate something.
Great unwashed
This is a term used for the working class masses.
Grey cells
'Grey cells' means 'brain' Eg: Use your grey cells to understand it
Grin and bear it
If you have to grin and bear it, you have to accept something that you don't like.
Grinds my gear
Something that is very annoying grinds your gear.
Grow in the telling
The more you tell it, the larger, wilder, better, etc. the story gets.
Gung ho
If someone is gung ho about something, they support it blindly and don't think about the consequences.
Half-baked
A half-baked idea or scheme hasn't not been thought through or planned very well.
Hammer and tongs
If people are going at it hammer and tongs, they are arguing fiercely. The idiom can also be used hen people are doing something energetically.
Hang in the balance
If an outcome is hanging in the balance, there are at least two possibilities and it is impossible to predict which will win out.
Hang out to dry
If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble.
Happy medium
If you reach a happy medium, you are making a compromise; reaching a conclusion or decision.
Happy-go-lucky
If someone is happy-go-lucky, they don't worry or plan and accept things as they happen.
Hard act to follow
If something or something is exceptionally good, it is difficult to replace them or take their place.
Hard by
"Hard by" means mean "close to" or "near".
Hard miles
If you have done the hard miles, you have done the hard difficult work and that makes you eligible to comment or participate in something.
Hard of hearing
Someone who's hard of hearing is a bit deaf.
Hard sell
If someone puts a lot of pressure on you to do or buy something, they are hard selling it.
Hard to come by
If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.
Hard up
If you are hard up, you have very little money.
Haste makes waste
This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
Hatchet job
A piece of criticism that destroys someone's reputation is a hatchet job.
Haul someone over the coals
If you haul someone over the coals, you reprimand them severely.
Have a ball
If you have a ball, you have a great time, a lot of fun.
Have a bash
If you have a bash at something, you try to do it, especially when there isn't much chance of success.
Have a blast
It means "to have a lot of fun".
Have a crack
If you have a crack at something, you try to do it. If someone is attempting to do something and they are unsuccessful, you might say, "Let me have a crack at it" suggesting that you might be successful at performing the task. ('Take a crack' is also used.)
Have a go
If you have a go, you try to do something, often when you don't think you have much chance of succeeding.
Have a ripper
If you have a ripper of a time, you enjoy yourself.
Have no truck with
If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them.
Have your fill
If you have had your fill, you are fed up of somebody or something.
Having a gas
If you're having a gas, you are having a laugh and enjoying yourself in company.
He that travels far knows much
People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
He who hesitates is lost
If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
He who laughs last laughs longest
A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair  to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.)

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