English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- Gallows humour
- If people try to make fun or laugh when things are very frightening, dangerous, life-threatening or hopeless, it is gallows humour (or "gallows humor").
- Game on
- When someone says 'Game on!', it means that they are accepting a challenge or ready to get something done.
- Game plan
- A game plan is a strategy.
- Garbage fee
- A garbage fee is a charge that has no value and doesn't provide any real service.
- Garbage in, garbage out
- If a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad.
- Garden variety
- If something is garden variety, it is normal, regular, or ordinary, not special.
- Gardening leave
- (UK) If someone is paid for a period when they are not working, either after they have given in their notice or when they are being investigated, they are on gardening leave.
- 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 a sheepskin
- Getting a sheepskin (or your sheepskin) means getting a degree or diploma. (Sheepskin refers to the parchment that a degree is printed on- parchment comes from sheepskin.)
- 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 away with murder
- If you get away with murder, you do something bad and don't get caught or punished.('Get away with blue murder' is also used.)
- 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 hitched
- If you get hitched, you get married
- 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 in on the ground floor
- If you get in on the ground floor, you enter a project or venture at the start before people know how successful it might be.
- Get into your stride
- If you get into your stride, you become confident and proficient at something.
- Get it in the neck
- (UK) If you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
- Get it off your chest
- If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
- 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 on like a house on fire
- If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
- Get on my last nerve
- (USA) If something is getting on your last nerve, you are completely fed up, ready to lose your temper. (Southern USA)
- Get on your nerves
- If something gets on your nerves, it annoys or irritates you.
- Get on your soapbox
- If someone on their soapbox, they hold forth (talk a lot) about a subject they feel strongly about.
- Get out of bed on the wrong side
- If you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
- Get out of your pram
- (UK) If someone gets out of their pram, they respond aggressively to an argument or problem that doesn't involve them.
- Get the axe
- If you get the axe, you lose your job. ('Get the ax' is the American spelling.)
- Get the ball rolling
- If you get the ball rolling, you start something so that it can start making progress.
- 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 monkey off your back
- If you get the monkey off your back, you pass on a problem to someone else.
- Get the nod
- (UK) If you get the nod to something, you get approval or permission to do it.
- 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 to grips
- If you get to grips with something, you take control and do it properly.
- Get up and go
- If someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
- Get wind of
- If you get wind of something, you hear or learn about it, especially if it was meant to be secret.
- Get your ducks in a row
- If you get your ducks in a row, you organise yourself and your life.
- 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 feathers in a bunch
- If you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
- Get your feet wet
- If you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
- Get your goat
- If something gets your goat, it annoys you.
- Get your hands dirty
- If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles.
It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.
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