Buildings & construction Idioms (Page 2)

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Off the wall
Something that is off the wall is unconventional.
On the factory floor
On the factory floor means the place where things are actually produced.
On the house
If you get something for free that would normally have to be bought, especially in a bar or restaurant, it is on the house.
Paper over the cracks
If you paper over the cracks, you try to make something look or work better but only deal with superficial issues, not the real underlying problems.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones
People should not criticize other people for faults that they have themselves.
Proclaim it from the rooftops
If something is proclaimed from the rooftops, it is made as widely known and as public as possible.
Round the houses
If you go round the houses, you do something in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way.
Rule the roost
If someone rules the roost they are the boss. Example:There's no doubt who rules the roost in this house.
Safe as houses
Something that is as safe as houses is very secure or certain.
Shop floor
'Shop floor' refers to the part of an organisation where the work is actually performed rather than just managed.
Sit on the fence
If someone sits on the fence, they try not to support either side in a dispute.
Something nasty in the woodshed
Something nasty in the woodshed means that someone as a dark secret or an unpleasant experience in their past.
Straddle the fence
To straddle the fence is to be indecisive, often to the point where it becomes painful not to make a decision.
Take someone to the woodshed
If someone is taken to the woodshed, they are punished for something they have done.
Take the floor
Start talking or giving a speech to a group
Talking to a brick wall
If you talk to someone and they do not listen to you, it is like talking to a brick wall.
Through the ceiling
If prices go through the ceiling, they rise very quickly.
Through the floor
If prices go, or fall, through the floor, they fall very quickly.
To be as thick as two bricks
Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid.
Up the wall
If someone goes up the wall, they get very angry.
Water over the dam
(USA) If something has happened and cannot be changed, it is water over the dam.
Water under the bridge
If something belongs to the past and isn't important or troubling any more, it is water under the bridge.
Were you born in a barn?
If someone asks you this, it means that you forgot to close the door when you came in.
Were you born in a field?
My dad used this idiom a lot when I was a child, to point out to me that I had left the door open after I'd come or gone through it. I presume it has to do with the idea that an animal in a field wouldn't not bother to shut a gate behind them.('Were you born in a barn?' is an alternative form.)
Wipe the floor with
(UK) If you wipe the floor with someone, you destroy the arguments or defeat them easily.
Writing on the wall
If the writing's on the wall for something, it is doomed to fail.

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