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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - B

(Idioms B page 8 :  beyond one's wildest dreams  →  bite the bullet)

beyond one's wildest dreams If something is beyond your wildest dreams, it is better than you imagined or hoped for.
The research team received a grant from the government that was beyond their wildest dreams.
beyond recall Something which is beyond recall is impossible to retrieve, cancel or reverse.
I'm afraid we can't recover the pictures - your camera is beyond recall.
beyond redemption If something is beyond redemption, it is in such a poor state that there is no hope of improvement or recovery.
With the latest scandal, his reputation is now beyond redemption.
bide your time If you bide your time, you wait for a good opportunity to do something.
He's not hesitating, he's just biding his time, waiting for the price to drop.
big cheese This expression refers to a person who has a lot of power and influence in an organisation.
Tom's father is a big cheese in the oil industry.
big fish in a small pond This term refers to an important or highly-ranked person in a small group or organisation.
He could get a job with a big company but he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond.
big picture If you talk about the big picture, you refer to the overall situation,
or the project as a whole rather than the details.
While each aspect is important, try not to forget the big picture.
bill of health If a person has a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is satisfactory.
All candidates for the position must produce a clean bill of health.
binge drinking This term refers to heavy drinking where large quantities of alcohol are consumed in a short space of time, often among young people in rowdy groups.
Binge drinking is becoming a major problem in some European countries. 
birds of a feather To say that two people are birds of a feather means that they are very similar in many ways.
No wonder they get on well.  They're birds of a feather!
for the birds If you think something is for the birds, you consider it to be uninteresting, useless or not to be taken seriously.
As far as I'm concerned, his theory is for the birds.
birthday suit This humorous expression means that you are wearing nothing.
The bathroom door blew open, and there I was in my birthday suit!
take the biscuit This expression refers to something very irritating or annoying.
After waiting for an hour, we were told that there were no seats left.  That really took the biscuit!
bite the bullet If you bite the bullet, you accept something unpleasant because you cannot avoid it.
If you don't have health insurance, you have to bite the bullet and pay the hospital fees.
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