Nov 202015

English idioms about travel and transport

English idioms about travel and transport

  • in the same boat: If two or more parties are in the same boat, they are in the same unpleasant or difficult situation.
    When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
  • cart before the horse: A person who puts the cart before the horse is doing things in the wrong order.
    Building a school before knowing the age of the population is putting the cart before the horse.
  • asleep at the wheel: If you say that someone is asleep at the wheel, you mean that they are not sufficiently attentive, especially at a critical moment when vigilance is required.
    When the firemen arrived too late at the scene, the night watchman was accused of being asleep at the wheel.
  • backseat driver: 1. A passenger in a car who insists on giving the driver directions. 2. Anybody offering unsolicited or unwelcome advice.
    My brother is such a backseat driver. I hate traveling with him.
  • miss the boat: To fail to take advantage of an opportunity.
    The price discount ended yesterday and I just missed the boat on a great deal.
  • Bad news travels fast.: Information about trouble or misfortune disseminates quickly (more quickly than good news).
    John: Hi, Andy. I’m sorry to hear you got fired. Andy: How did you know about that already? It only happened this morning. John: Bad news travels fast. I called my mother to tell her about my car accident, but my aunt had already told her. Bad news travels fast.

(The above idioms are derived from the following internet addresses in the References list. You can visit there for more idioms.)


  One Response to “English idioms about travel and transport”

  1. I guess that car idioms also count as travel idioms. We at linguaholic.com have an interesting thread about it. You can read more about it here: Car idioms

    Best wishes from Switzerland


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