English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|get on your high horse||If you get on
your high horse, you start behaving in
a haughty manner, as though you should be
treated with more respect.
He got on his high horse when he was asked to show his membership card.
|get on in years||Someone who is
getting on in years is growing old.
My grandmother is getting on in years. She needs help nowadays.
|get on like a house on fire||Two people who get on like a house
on fire have similar interests and
quickly become good friends.
As soon as Sarah met her brother's girlfriend, they got on like a house on fire.
|get one's just deserts||When someone gets
their just deserts, they are rewarded or
punished according to what they deserve.
Liz got her just deserts when she was excluded from the committee;
she is totally unreliable.
|get a rise out of||If you make someone
react angrily by jokingly saying something
that you know will irritate them, you get a rise out of them.
He gets a rise out of his daughter by asking her about her latest diet.
|get a second bite of the cherry||This expression
means that you get a second opportunity to
do or try something.
He was eliminated in the semi-finals but he'll get a second bite at the cherry next year.
|get someone's drift||If you get
someone's drift, you understand in a
general way what they are trying to say.
I didn't understand every word but I got the drift.
|get someone by the short hairs||If you get
(or have) someone by the short
hairs, you put them in a difficult
situation from which they cannot escape, so
you have complete control over them.
They are in no position to refuse; we've got them by the short hairs!
|get someone's goat||Something that
get someone's goat annoys or irritates
People who keep pushing when you're standing in line really gets my goat!
|get something off the ground||If you get
something off the ground, you put it
into operation after having organised it.
After a lot of hard work, we finally got the campaign off the ground.
|get something out of your system||This expression
means that you get rid of a strong emotion
or desire by expressing it openly or trying
to fulfill it.
Tell you parents how you feel - it's better to get it out of your system.
|get the better of||If someone or
something gets the better of you,
it defeats you.
She went on a diet but it didn't last long - her love of chocolate got the better of her!
|get the jitters||If you get
or have the jitters, especially
before an important event, you become very
nervous or anxious and begin to shake.
Some people get the jitters when they have to make a speech.
|get the message||If you get the message, you
understand what someone is trying to tell
you, even if it is expressed in actions or
gestures rather than words.
When Tony pointed to his watch, I got the message - it was time to leave for the airport.
|get the picture||A person who
gets the picture understands what is
being explained or described.
The alarm went off and people started running everywhere - you get the picture I'm sure!
|get the sack||If someone gets
the sack, they lose their job, usually
because they have done something wrong.
Charlie got the sack when his boss caught him stealing.
|get the show on the road||If you manage to
put a plan or idea into action, you get
the show on the road.
OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road.
|get your knickers in a twist||
If you get your knickers in a twist,
you are angry, nervous or upset faced with a
Don't get your knickers in a twist! Everything is under control.
|get your skates on||If you tell someone
to get their skates on, you want
them to hurry up.
You'd better get you skates on or you'll be late!
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