English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|good as gold||A child who is
as good as gold is obedient and
Your children are always as good as gold when I look after them.
|good riddance!||This expression is
used to express relief at becoming free of
an unpleasant or unwanted person or thing.
Our horrible neighbour has moved house, and all I can say is 'good riddance'!
|good turn||If you do
someone a good turn, you act in a
Mike is a great guy - always ready to do a good turn.
|good walls make good neighbours||This expression
means that respecting one another's privacy
helps create a good relationship between
We try not to disturb the people next door. Good walls make good neighbours!
|goose pimples||If you have
goose pimples, you are cold or so
afraid that your skin is temporarily raised
into little lumps.
I was so scared that I had goose pimples all through the film!
|wild goose chase||If someone is sent
on a wild goose chase, they waste
their time looking for something that there
is little chance of finding.
They tried to find out who sent the anonymous complaint, but it turned out to be a wild goose chase.
|play gooseberry||If you play
gooseberry, you join or accompany two
people who have a romantic relationship and
want to be alone.
They invited me to join them but I didn't want to play gooseberry.
|got it made||Someone who has
got it made is so happy and successful
in life that they have no worries.
With a happy family life, a new house and a super job, Sam's got it made.
|grab a bite to eat||If you grab a
bite to eat, you get something to eat
We should have time to grab a bite to eat before the show.
|grasp at straws||If you are in a
desperate situation and you grasp at
straws, you try any method, even if it
has little chance of success, in an attempt
to find a solution.
In his search for a cure, he turned to a faith healer, knowing that he was grasping at straws.
|grass roots||The term grass roots refers to the ordinary people who form the main body of an organisation.|
|(not) let grass grow under your feet||If someone does
not let the grass grow under their feet,
they do not delay in getting something done.
As soon as he received the permit, he started to build. He never lets the grass grow under his feet!
|gravy train||If someone is
on the gravy train, they have found an
easy way to make money, one that requires
little effort and is without risk.
Since the village has become fashionable, he charges for every photograph taken of his house - he's on a gravy train!
|grease somebody's palm||If you accuse
someone of greasing somebody's palm,
you are accusing them of giving money to
someone in order to gain an unfair advantage
or to obtain something they want.
In some countries, it is common practice to grease government officials' palms.
|grease the skids||When you grease
the skids, you facilitate something or
smooth the way for its success.
Lunch was organised for the delegates before the meeting in order to grease the skids for the negotiations.
|green fingers||To have green
fingers means to be good at gardening.
My dad was born with green fingers. He's great with plants.
Enjoying something which is not generally
held in high regard, while at the same time
feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a
Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!
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