English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|get to the bottom of||If you get to
the bottom of a problem or mystery, you
solve it by finding out the true cause of
We have a problem of goods disappearing during transport. Hopefully the investigation will get to the bottom of it.
|get wise to something||If you get wise
to something, you learn something that
you were not aware of before.
He finally got wise to the fact that children were stealing apples from his garden.
|get worked up||If you get
worked up about something, you become
upset, annoyed or excited, often
It's his first day at school tomorrow and he's all worked up about it.
|give benefit of doubt||If you give
someone the benefit of doubt, you
choose to believe that they are innocent,
honest or telling the truth because there is
no evidence to the contrary.
Although he found it hard to believe Tom's explanation, the teacher decided to give him the benefit of doubt.
|give the game away||If you give the
game away, you reveal a secret or a
plan, often unintentionally.
He hoped nobody in the hotel would recognize him, but an employee gave the game away.
|give as good as you get||This expression
means that you are prepared to treat people
as badly as they treat you, and fight for
|(not) give a hang||If you do not
give a hang about something, you are
totally indifferent to it and do not care at
all about it.
I'm not interested in football so I don't give a hang about which team wins.
|give a hard time||If you give
someone a hard time, you annoy them or
make things difficult for them.
Susan says the pupils in her new school are giving her a hard time.
|give it a rest||If someone tells
you to give it a rest, they are
asking you to stop doing something such as
complaining or talking continuously.
All you talk about is politics - give it a rest ... please!
|give the once-over||If you give someone
or something a quick visual examination, to
see what they are like or to check if
everything is all right, you give them
She gave the living-rom a quick once-over before opening the door to her guests.
|give a piece of your mind||If you tell someone
exactly what you think, in a very angry
manner, you give them a piece of your
Jack was so irritated by his neighbours' behaviour that he decided to give them a piece of his mind.
|give the rough edge of your tongue||If you give the
(rough) edge of your tongue, you scold
someone severely or speak to them very
aggressively or rudely.
My boss was so angry that I really got the rough edge of his tongue.
|give a run for money||If you give
someone a run for their money, you
present strong competition in circumstances
where the other person expects to win
We didn't win the match but we gave the other team a run for their money.
|give the run-around||If someone
gives you the run-around, they
deliberately give you confusing information
or evasive answers.
I'm trying to contact the manager, but every time I call the firm I'm given the run-around.
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