General Idioms (Page 23)

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Tempt fate
If you tempt fate, you do something where there is a high risk of failure.  It can also be used when talking about something could make it risky.
Test the waters
If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it.
That's a given
This means that there are no ifs or ands ot buts about something; it's a sure thing.
That's all she wrote
(USA) This idiom is used to show that something has ended and there is nothing more to say about something.
The be all and end all
The phrase 'The be all and end all' means that a something is the final, or ultimate outcome or result of a situation or event.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
This idiom means that the more powerful have more to lose, so when they suffer something bad, it is worse for them.
The common weal
If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public.
The line forms on the right
Something's meaning is becoming clear when the line forms on the right.
The long and short
The long and short  of something is the substance, the most important part or  the gist.('The long and the short' is also  used.)
The more the merrier
The more the merrier means that the greater the quantity or the bigger the number of something, the happier the speaker will be.
The Mountie always gets his man
(Canada) The Mounties are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and they have a reputation for catching criminals they are after.
The plot thickens
When the plot thickens, a situation become more complicated and difficult.
The whole shooting match
Everything, the entire object, or all the related parts.
There but for the grace of God go I
People say this when someone is suffering and they feel that they were lucky not to  have had a similar fate.
There goes the neighbourhood
This is an exclamation after a negative change affects someone's neighbourhood, such as someone undesireable moving in.
There's no "I" in "Team"
Individual achievement is not superior to the good/results of the team.
There's no accounting for taste
You cannot explain people's preferences and likes or dislikes.
There's the rub
The meaning of this idiom is 'that's the problem'.
Thick and fast
If things are happening thick and fast, they are happening so fast they seemed to be joined together.
Thin as a rake
A rake is a garden tool with a long, thin, wooden handle, so someone very thin is thin as a rake.
Thin end of the wedge
The thin end of the wedge is something small and seemingly unimportant that will lead to something much bigger and more serious.
Thin line
If there's a thin line between things, it's hard to distinguish them- there's a thin line between love and hate.
Think outside the box
If you think outside the box, you think in an imaginative and creative way.
Think the world of
To hold something or someone in very high esteem. To love or admire immensely.
Third rail
The third rail of something is dangerous to alter or change. Originally, the third rail is the one carrying the electricity for a train.
Thrilled to bits
If you are thrilled to bits, you are extremely pleased or excited about something.
Through thick and thin
If someone supports you through thick and thin, they support you during good times and bad.
Throw a sickie
If you pretend to be ill to take a day off work or school, you throw a sickie.
Throw a spanner in the works
(UK) If you throw a spanner in the works, you cause a problem that stops or slows progress on something that was going well.
Throw someone a line
If someone throws you a line, they give you help when you are in serious difficulties.
Throw someone in at the deep end
If you are thrown in at the deep end, you have to deal with serious issues the moment you start something like a job, instead of having time to acquire experience.
Throw the book at someone
If you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible.
Throw your toys out of the pram
To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.
Throw your weight around
If someone throws their weight around, they use their authority or force of personality to get what they want in the face of opposition.
Tick all the right boxes
To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
Tickle your fancy
If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
Tie that binds
The tie that binds (or the ties that bind) is the shared belief or other factor that links people together.
Tie the knot
When people tie the knot, they get married.
Tight rein
If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
Till the pips squeak
If someone will do something till the pips squeak, they will do it to the limit, even though it will make other people suffer.
Tilt at windmills
A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.
Tipping point
Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.
Tit for tat
If someone responds to an insult by being rude back, it's tit for tat- repaying something negative the same way.
To a fault
If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous.
To a T
If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly.
To all intents and purposes
This means in all the most important ways.
To little avail
If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
Too many irons in the fire
This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
Top notch
If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.
A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up.

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