Idioms Beginning With: 'G'

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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.
Get your head around something
If you get your head around something, you come to understand it even though it is difficult to comprehend.
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.
Get your skates on
This is used as a way of telling people to hurry up.
Get your teeth into
If you get your teeth into something, you become involved in or do something that is intellectually challenging or satisfying.  ('Dig you teeth into' and 'sink your teeth into' are also used.)
Get your wires crossed
If people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements.  ('Get your lines crossed' is also used.)
Ghost of a chance
If something or someone hasn't got a ghost of a chance, they have no hope whatsoever of succeeding.
Ghost town
A ghost town is a town that has been abandoned or is in decline and has very little activity.
Ghostly presence
You can feel or otherwise sense a ghostly presence, but you cannot do it clearly only vaguely.
Gift of the gab
If someone has the gift of the gab, they speak in a persuasive and interesting way.
Gild the lily
If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
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.
Gird one's loins
If you gird your loins, you prepare for conflict or a difficult time.
Girl Friday
A girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.
Give a big hand
Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
Give a dog a bad name
A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.
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 away the store
(USA) If someone gives away the store, they say or do something that makes their position in negotiations, debates, etc, much weaker.
Give it some stick
(UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
Give me a hand
If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
Give me five
If someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of congratulation or greeting.
Give someone a leg up
If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
Give someone a piece of your mind
If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
Give someone a run for their money
If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
Give someone enough rope
If you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is 'give someone enough rope and they'll hang themselves)
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 boot
If you give someone the boot, you fire them from a job or expel them from an organisation, etc.
Give someone the runaround
If someone gives you the runaround, they make excuses and give you false explanations to avoid doing something.
Give someone their cards
If someone is given their cards, they lose their job.
Give someone their marching orders
If you give someone their marching orders, you ask them to leave a place or fire them from a job.
Give the nod
(UK) If you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it.
Give the shirt off your back
If you would give the shirt off your back, you would do anythingto help, no matter what the personal sacrifice.
Give up the ghost
People give up the ghost when they die.  Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.
Give your eye teeth
If you really want something and would be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get it, you would give your eye teeth for it.
Given the day that's in it
(Irish) This idiom is used when something is obvious because of the day that it occurs: traffic, for example would be busy around a football stadium on game day, given the day that's in it. On any other day the traffic would be unexplainable, but because its game day its obvious why there is traffic.
Glass ceiling
The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations.
Glimmer of hope
A glimmer of hope is the belief that there is a slight chance that something positive will happen.
Glory hound
A glory hound is a person seeking popularity, fame and glory.
Gloves are off
When the gloves are off, people start to argue or fight in a more serious way. ('The gloves come off' and 'take the gloves off' are also used. It comes from boxing, where fighters normally wear gloves so that they don't do too much damage to each other.)
Glutton for punishment
If a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.
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 bananas
If you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.
Go blue
If you go blue, you are very cold indeed. ('Turn blue' is an alternative form.)
Go bust
If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
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.

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