General Idioms (Page 8)

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From the get-go
(USA) If something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
From the get-go
If you are familiar with something from the get go, you are familiar with it from the beginning
From the sublime to the ridiculous
If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
From the word go
From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
Full bore
If something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.
Full circle
When something has come full circle, it has ended up where it started.
Full Monty
(UK) If something is the Full Monty, it is the real thing, not reduced in any way.
Full of oneself
Someone who acts in a arrogant or egotistical manner is full of himself/herself.
Full speed ahead
If people do something with all their enthusiasm and energy, they go full speed ahead.
Full swing
If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.
Fuzzy thinking
Thinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information available
Game on
When someone says 'Game on!', it means that they are accepting a challenge or ready to get something done.
Gather pace
If events gather pace, they move faster.
Gather steam
If something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed.
Get a grip
If you get a grip, you control your emotions so that they don't overwhelm you.
Get a handle on
When you get a handle on something, you come to understand it.
Get along famously
If people get along famously, they have an exceedingly good relationship.
Get away scot-free
If someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. ('Get off scot-free' is an alternative.)
Get back on the horse that bucked you
When you start drinking again after being hungover from drinking the previous night.
Get cracking
To get cracking means to start working on something, usually a job or task with defined parameters.
Get in on the act
If people want to get in on the act, they want to participate in something that is currently profitable or popular.
Get into your stride
If you get into your stride, you become confident and proficient at something.
Get my drift
If you get someone's drift, you understand what they are trying to say. ('Catch their drift' is an alternative form.)
Get off the ground
If a project or plan gets off the ground, it starts to be put into operation.
Get the green light
If you get the green light to do something, you are given the necessary permission, authorisation.
Get the hang of it
When you get the hang of something, you are familiar with it and know how to do it.
Get the lead out
This is used to tell someone to hurry up.
Get the picture
If you get the picture, you understand a situation fully.
Get the show on the road
If you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.
Get the word out
If you get the word out, you inform or let people or the public know about something.
Get up and go
If someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
Get your act together
If you get your act together, you become more organised.
Get your ducts in a row
This idiom  is a term from mechanical engineering and specifically referring to the importance of lining up air ducts if one expects the air conditioning and heating system to function properly. This is an alternative version and explanation for the idiom Get your ducks in a row.
Get your hopes up
If you get your hopes up, you convince yourself that what you want to happen will happen, especially if it is unlikely to.
Gift of the gab
If someone has the gift of the gab, they speak in a persuasive and interesting way.
Gilded cage
If someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.
Give and take
Where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.
Give as good as you get
If you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
Give it some stick
(UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
Give someone a piece of your mind
If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
Give someone stick
(UK) If someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.
Give someone the axe
If you give someone the axe, you terminate their employment or discharge them from an office or position.('Ax' is the American spelling)
Give someone the runaround
If someone gives you the runaround, they make excuses and give you false explanations to avoid doing something.
Glimmer of hope
A glimmer of hope is the belief that there is a slight chance that something positive will happen.
Gnaw your vitals
If something gnaws your vitals, it troubles you greatly and affects you at a very deep level. ('Gnaw at your vitals' is also used.)
Go against the grain
A person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.
Go awry
If things go awry, they go wrong.
Go by the board
When something has gone by the board, it no longer exists or an opportunity has been lost.
Go by the boards
If something goes by the boards, it fails to get approved or accepted.
Go down like a cup of cold sick
(UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.

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