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.)


Nov 162015

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The following idioms are in color. While learning them you can use the image of the related color to memorize them more easily.

white lie: an innocent lie to protect another person’s feelings
Example: We told Grandma that her cake was delicious, which was actually a white lie.

white elephant: An expensive item that is costly to maintain.

black out: faint
Example: I always black out at the sight of blood.

the green light: permission
Example: The builders were given the green light to begin the tower.

to see red: to suddenly become very angry
Example: When he laughed in my face I saw red and hit him.

to catch someone red-handed: to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong (private or illegal)
Example: I caught my sister red-handed reading my diary.

in the red (informal): in debt, owing money. “in the red” can refer to a person or the person’s bank account.
Example: I don’t understand why he’s always in the red as he has a very good job.

blue collar: Working in a manual labor job
Example: He is a blue collar man.

once in a blue moon: very rarely, hardly ever
Example: When I was younger I used to go the cinema about once a month but now I go once in a blue moon.

out of the blue: unexpectedly
Example: I hadn’t heard from my old workmate in years when one day I received a letter from her out of the blue.

(The above idioms are derived from the following addresses in the references list)