General Idioms (Page 9)

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Go down like a lead balloon
(UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
Go down swinging
If you want to go down swinging, you know you will probably fail, but you refuse to give up.
Go easy on
1. Don't use to much of something. Example:"Go easy on the ice, I just want a little bit in my drinks." (also "easy ice") or "Go easy on the gas--slow down!" (or "easy on the gas") 2. Don't demand too much, or be to critical, rough or hard on something or someone. Examples: "Go easy on her, she's had a hard day." or "Go easy on that car door--don't slam it!" or "The coach is going too easy on the team since that last big loss."
Go fly a kite
(USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
Go haywire
When something goes haywire, it is completely out of control and erratic.
Go off half-cocked
If you go off half-cocked, you take a rash action without being prepared for the consequences. It refers to an old fashioned single action revolver, which had a half-cock position in the action where it would supposedly not fire. If you made a mistake and it was at full cock, you would fire prematurely, possibly with devastating results.
Go off on a tangent
If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation or talk.
Go out with a bang
If someone goes out with a bang, they finish or stop doing something in spectacular, noteworthy or otherwise interesting fashion.
Go over like a lead balloon
(USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
Go overboard
If you go overboard, you do something excessively.
Go round in circles
If people are going round in circles, they keep discussing the same thing without reaching any agreement or coming to a conclusion.
Go south
If things go south, they get worse or go wrong.
Go spare
(UK) If you go spare, you lose your temper completely.
Go the extra mile
If someone is prepared to go the extra mile, they will do everything they can to help or to make something succeed, going beyond their duty what could be expected of them .
Go through the mill
If you go through the mill, you have a very unpleasant experience.  If you put someone through the mill, you make them undergo an unpleasant experience.
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.
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.
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.

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