English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|gift of the gab||To say that
somebody has the gift of the gab
means that they are able to speak
confidently and easily.
As a politician, not only is he competent, but he has the gift of the gab too!
|game not worth the candle||
To say that the game (or the cake)
is not worth the candle means that the
advantages to be gained from doing something
are not worth the effort involved.
He recorded an album but sold very few copies; the game wasn't worth the candle.
|take a gander||If you take or have a gander at
something, which is generally new or
unusual, you have a look at it or go to
check it out.
Let's take a gander at the new shopping centre. Sally says it's fantastic.
|gatecrash||If someone gatecrashes, they
attend a private social event without being
We need volunteers to keep an eye out for gatecrashers tonight.
|gather dust||An idea, plan or project which is
gathering dust is in fact stagnating or
has not attracted attention for some time.
Just before the elections, the outgoing mayor produced plans for a new bridge which had been gathering dust for several years.
|all his geese are swans||This expression
refers to someone who constantly exaggerates
the importance or the qualities of somebody
Don't let him impress you. He always exaggerates. All his geese are swans.
|gentleman's agreement||When an agreement
is neither written nor signed, because the
two parties trust each other completely, it
is called a gentleman's agreement.
It was a gentleman's agreement. I can't change my mind now!
|get a grip on yourself||If you get a grip on yourself,
you try to control your feelings so as to be
able to deal with a situation.
After the initial shock, Lisa got a grip on herself and called an ambulance.
|get a load of||This slang
expression means to pay attention or take
notice of something.
Hey! Get a load of that outfit!
|get a move on||If someone tells
you to get a move on, they are
asking you to hurry up.
You'd better get a move on or you'll miss the bus!
|get a raw deal||If you say that
someone got a raw deal, you think
they were treated unfairly or badly.
When Gary lost his job after organizing the merger, he really got.
a raw deal!
|get away with murder||Someone who
gets away with murder can do something
unacceptable without being punished or
She has no control over her kids. They get away with murder.
|get your act together||If you get your
act together, you organise your affairs
better than you have done previously and
deal with things more efficiently.
Jack's plan won't work unless he gets his act together.
|get/give the all clear||If you are allowed
to do something after a check-up to make
sure that everything is all right, you
get the all clear.
Dad says he's going to play golf again as soon as he gets the all clear from his doctor.
|get the axe||If someone gets
the axe, they lose their job.
When a company is restructured, the senior staff are often the first to get the axe.
|get cold feet||If you get cold feet about
something, you begin to hesitate about doing
it; you are no longer sure whether you want
to do it or not.
I wanted to enter the competition but at the last minute I got cold feet.
|get cracking||When you get cracking, you
start doing something immediately.
I'd better get cracking or I'll never get my homework done.
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