Idioms Beginning With: 'G'
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Golden rule The golden rule is the most essential or fundamental rule associated with something. Originally, it was not a general reference to an all purpose first rule applicable to many groups or protocols, but referred to a verse in the Bible about treating people they way you would want them to treat you, which was considered the First Rule of behavior towards all by all. Golden touch Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do. Gone fishing If someone has gone fishing, they are not very aware of what is happening around them. 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 pear-shaped (UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result. Gone to pot If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn't work any more. Gone to the dogs If something has gone to the dogs, it has gone badly wrong and lost all the good things it had. Good antennae Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things. Good as gold If children are as good as gold, they behave very well. Good egg A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite. Good fences make good neighbours This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.) Good hand If you are a good hand at something, you do it well. Good offices Good offices is help and support, especially in mediating in a dispute. Good Samaritan A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need. 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 time If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected. Good to go Someone or something that meets one's approval. 'He is good to go.' 'The idea you had is good to go.' Good walls make good neighbours Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy. Good-for-nothing A lazy person who doesn't do anything useful is a good-for-nothing. Goody two-shoes A goody two-shoes is a self-righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue. Grab the bull by its horns If you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem. Grain of salt If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn't necessarily believe it all. ('pinch of salt' is an alternative) Grandfather clause An existing condition, usually in a contract or other agreement, that cannot be changed, even if the conditions are changed for others. Grasp the nettle (UK) If you grasp the nettle, you deal bravely with a problem. Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems. Grass roots This idioms is often used in politics, where it refers to the ordinary people or voters. It can be used to mean people at the bottom of a hierarchy. Grass widow A grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own. Graveyard shift If you have to work very late at night, it is the graveyard shift. Gravy train If someone is on the gravy train, they have found and easy way to make lots of money. Grease monkey A grease monkey is an idiomatic term for a mechanic. Grease someone's palm If you grease someone's palm, you bribe them to do something. Grease the skids If you grease the skids, you facilitate something. Greased lightning If something or someone moves like greased lightning, they move very fast indeed. Greasy pole (UK) The greasy pole is the difficult route to the top of politics, business, etc. Great guns If something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well. Great minds think alike If two people have the same thought at the same time, one of them might say "Great minds think alike." Great Scott An exclamation of surprise. Great unwashed This is a term used for the working class masses. Great white hope Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope. Greek to me If you don't understand something, it's all Greek to you. Green around the gills If someone looks green around the gills, they look ill. Green fingers (UK) Someone with green fingers has a talent for gardening. Green light If you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something. Green thumb (USA) Someone with a talent for gardening has a green thumb. Green with envy If you are green with envy, you are very jealous. Green-eyed monster The green-eyed monster is an allegorical phrase for somebody's strong jealousy Greenhorn A greenhorn or someone who is described simply as green lacks the relevant experience and knowledge for their job or task Grey area A grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong. Grey Cardinal Someone who is a Grey Cardinal exerts power behind the scenes, without drawing attention to himself or herself. If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our . 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