English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|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
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,
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
"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
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
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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