English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - A
|at this stage of the game||This expression
refers to the current point reached in a
process, activity or developing situation.
At this stage of the game I think any further intervention would be unwise. Let's wait and see how things develop.
|at stake||Someone who has a
at stake is in a risky situation,
with a lot to be won or lost.
He was nervous about signing the agreement because there was a lot at stake.
|automatic pilot||If you are on
automatic pilot, you do something
without thinking about it or having to pay
attention, because you do it regularly.
Fred's on automatic pilot today - he didn't even hear my question!
|of no avail||Something which is
of no avail is not at all helpful
The coffee machine wouldn't work, and the instruction leaflet was of no avail.
|avowed intent||When someone makes
a public declaration of their objective or
goal, this is their avowed intent.
The avowed intent of the new government is to reduce unemployment.
|a rude awakening||If you get a
rude awakening, you are forced to
accept the unpleasant truth or reality.
She thought Charlie would want her back, but she got a rude awakening - he was already dating another girl.
|away with the fairies||Someone who is
away with the fairies is in such a
dreamy state that they are not totally in
touch with reality and give the impression
of being slightly mad.
It's no use trying to explain the problem to her - she's away with the fairies!
|have an axe to grind||If you have an
axe to grind, you have personal reasons
for becoming involved in something or
adopting a particular attitude.
It was decided that the best candidate would be selected by a recruitment agency who had no axe to grind within the company.
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