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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - G

(Idioms G page 10 :   green light   →   gutter press)

green light If you give or get the green light, you give or get a signal or authorization to do something.
We're ready to launch the campaign as soon as we get the green light.
green with envy Someone who is green with envy is a person who is very envious.
Dave will be green with envy when he sees Simon's new sports car!
grey area To refer to something as a grey area means that it is not clear or easy to define, and is therefore difficult to deal with.
The law concerning email is still a grey area in some countries.
grey existence To have a grey existence means to lead a dull, monotonous life.
I feel sad for the old lady. She seems to have such a grey existence.
grey matter (US: gray) Grey matter refers to the brain, or the grey colour of brain tissue.
"Try using your grey matter and you might find the answer." said the teacher.
grin and bear it When faced with a difficult or unpleasant situation, if you say that someone will have to grin and bear it, you mean that they will have to accept it without complaining.
The only seat available is on a low-cost flight.  You'll just have to grin and bear it!
grin from ear to ear If somebody grins from ear to ear, they look vey satisfied and happy.
When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed the exam.
grin like a Cheshire cat When someone has a smile on their face because they are happy or satisfied about something, they grin like a Cheshire cat.
I knew she had succeeded when I saw her with a grin like a Cheshire cat.
keep your nose to the grindstone A person who keeps their nose to the grindstone is someone who concentrates on working hard at his/her job, or studies.
She was so determined to get into the college of her choice that she kept her nose to the grindstone all year.
grit your teeth When you are determined to do something in spite of the difficulties involved, you grit your teeth.
To reach safety I had to grit my teeth and wade through the mud.
groan inwardly If you groan inwardly, you feel like expressing despair, disapproval or distress, but you remain silent.
On his return, when Pete saw the pile of files on his desk, he groaned inwardly.
nurse/bear a grudge If you nurse/bear a grudge against someone, you have a feeling of resentment or ill-will towards them.
Ever since I got a promotion, Sam has been holding a grudge against me.
your guess is as good as mine When talking to another person, 'your guess is as good as mine' means that neither of you knows the answer.
"What happened between Bill and harry?" "Your guess is as good as mine!"
guinea pig People who are used as guinea pigs are people on whom new methods, treatment or ideas are tested.
gut feeling If you have a gut feeling about something, you have a strong intuition that you cannot explain, but you're sure that you are right.
As I read the story, I had the gut feeling that the postman was lying ... and I was right!
gutter press This term refers to newspapers that print a lot of sensational stories about people's private lives.
Of course the gutter press was quick to print a sensational version of the incident!
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