IELTS EXAM PREPARATION USA most useful idioms with meanings and examples.
Stand ones ground.
Maintaining your position.
“The other teams offense was incredibly aggressive but our defense stood their ground”.
Carry the torch for.
Having strong feelings for someone who can not be yours.
“Suzan carried a torch for him for years after they broke up”.
Close to home.
A comment which is true and makes you uncomfortable.
“Is close to home my patients lung cancer diagnosis is close to home for me because my uncle recently died of the same thing”
Cut to the quick hurting someone deeply or offending them I can’t even look at her right now that hurtful remark cut me right to the quick
cook up something
failing to express your emotions
she did not let her grief pour out when
her father passed away it’s not good for her to cook up her feelings.
Bee ones bonnet
carrying an idea which constantlyoccupies your thoughtsit seems that Mike still has a bee inhis bonnet over the criticism he got inthe staff meetingfish out of waterfeeling uncomfortable in unfamiliarsurroundingsMarie was like a fish out of water whenshe assumed a manager position at thecompany where she had worked as a clerkfor so longreduced to tearsgetting into tears because of someone’sbehaviorhe scolded her so much that she wasreduced to tears by the end of themeetingin the bagrefers to a situation when you assurethat success is suredon’t start to think we’ve got this gamein the bag gentlemen I’ve seen teamsmake bigger comebacks than this so wecan’t let upblow up in facerefers to a situation when a plan orproject suddenly failsMike was trying to sabotage my campaignbut the plan blew up in his face when Ioverheard him talking about itcut one’s own throatdoing something that will cause your ownfailureyou cut your own throat when you toldhim to leave how are you going to managealonecook someone’s goosespoil other person’s chances of successhe thinks he’ll get away with stealingmy idea but I’m going to cook his goosecome up rosessuccessful end results even though theremay be some initial hiccupsit looked like the negotiations mightbreak down as any stage but everythingcame up roses in the endchance ones armdeciding to do something even though thechances of Seuss’s are very littleI think he’s chanting his anti-dumpinghis life savings into yet anotherbizarre money-making schemeKeg not worth the candlerefers to something in which resultversus efforts are two lessPatricia worked very hard to organizethe party but very few guests walked inthe cake wasn’t worth the candlebottom fell outrefers to a situation when a plan orproject failsthe bottom fell out of the market and Ilost a lot of moneyplace in the Sunfinding a place in the Sun refers to aposition which provides you all thesuccess and happiness you want in yourlifeyour place in the Sun will be assuredwhen you win this match so please doyour bestsink or swimfail or succeedin such a competitive business it’salways sink or swim for new companieslooking to enter the marketchampagne on a beer budgetwanting expensive things that you cannotaffordmy best friend always buys things out ofher budget she has developed a taste forchampagne on beer budgettop dogvery successful group company personcountry etcyou’ll only get a truthful answer if youmanage to talk to one of the top dogskeep up appearancesmaintaining an outward show ofprosperity or well-being while hidingyour difficultiesshe tried very hard to keep upappearances as she fell further andfurther into credit-card debtwooden spoonimaginary prize for the last person in aracemy friends won a wooden spoon at theFashion Showhave the world by its tailvery successful person who can choosefrom a lot of opportunitiesSamantha landed her dream job afterfinishing at the top of her class incollege she has the world by the taillive beyond meansspending more money than you can affordthey’ve been living beyond their meansfor some time now but they’re too proudto move out of the giant house or giveup their expensive carslive in an ivory towerliving a lifestyle that saves you fromthe real-world problemsif you didn’t spend so much time in yourivory tower you’d know what peoplereally think