Pass the buck This is when we try to avoid responsibilty by passing it on to someone else. Sometimes, we hope that someone else will take the blame for failure or for a poor decision. He accepted responsibilty for the failure of the project and refused to pass the buck even though his manager had […]
Pull the plug This is when we put a stop something or bring something to an end. It is often used when a business project or strategy is losing or going to lose money. The company pulled the plug on the development of the new product when they discovered that market research showed that it […]
Zero tolerance This is when no crime, no matter how big or small, will be ignored or overlooked. It is often used when talking about racism, sexism or drug-taking. Our school has a zero tolerance policy on drug-taking. If you are caught, you are expelled. Remember that you wonâ€™t do yourself any favours if you […]
The ball is in your court We use this to indicate that someone else has to make a decision. I have given you all the details of my car. You have all of the information that you need now. The ball is in your court if you want to make me an offer and buy […]
Rule of thumb This is a rule that is not meant to be strictly accurate or reliable in every case. As a rule of thumb, I go out every Saturday night. I didn’t go out last Saturday night and I can’t go out next Saturday night. Remember that you wonâ€™t do yourself any favours if […]
Out of the blue This is something that happens suddenly and unexpectedly. His resignation came out of the blue. We really weren’t expecting it. Remember that you wonâ€™t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.
Gut feeling This is an intuitive feeling you get. It is usual when you are asked to make decisions but have no reasons for your decision. We often make these decisions in times of stress or under pressure. I wasn’t sure which job to take but I went with my gut feeling and chose the […]
Drive someone up the wall This is when we irritate someone or really annoy them. His constant coughing drives me up the wall. Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.
Cut to the chase This is to leave out all unnecessary details and get to the point. You are getting directly to the point. We were running out of time so I cut to the chase and told him he was fired.
A blessing in disguise This is something good that isn’t recognized as good at first. Losing my job was a blessing in disguise because I have now found a much better job.