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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.
Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
If someone has gone fishing, they are not very aware of what is happening around them.
Gone for a burton
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.
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.
Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things.
Good as gold
If children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
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.)
If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
Good offices is help and support, especially in mediating in a dispute.
A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need.
If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
A grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own.
If you have to work very late at night, it is the graveyard shift.
If someone is on the gravy train, they have found and easy way to make lots of money.
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.
If something or someone moves like greased lightning, they move very fast indeed.
The greasy pole is the difficult route to the top of politics, business, etc.
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."
An exclamation of surprise.
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.
Someone with green fingers has a talent for gardening.
If you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something.
Someone with a talent for gardening has a green thumb.
Green with envy
If you are green with envy, you are very jealous.
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
A grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong.
Someone who is a Grey Cardinal exerts power behind the scenes, without drawing attention to himself or herself.
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