Idioms Beginning With: 'G'
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- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Grey cells
- 'Grey cells' means 'brain' Eg: Use your grey cells to understand it
- Grey matter
- Grey/gray matter is the human brain.
- Grey pound
- (UK) In the UK, the grey pound is an idiom for the economic power of elderly people.
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