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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms L, page 6

Idioms L, page 6:  from:   'life is just a bowl of cherries'   to:   'bottom line'


  • life is just a bowl of cherries
    • This expression means that life is pleasant and uncomplicated.
      (This phrase is often used ironically to mean the opposite.)
      "Now that he's retired, my grandfather says 'life is just a bowl of cherries'."

  • life and soul of the party
    • The life and soul of the party is the most lively and amusing person present at an event.
      "I'm so glad we invited Emily. She was the life and soul of the party."

  • (not) lift a finger
    • Someone who doesnot lift a finger makes no effort to help or provide assistance when it is needed.
      "Many people saw the boy falling off his bike but not one of them lifted a finger."

  • light bulb moment
    • A light bulb moment is when you have a sudden moment of inspiration, comprehension or realization.
      "Danny had a light-bulb moment when he finally realized what was blocking the mechanism."

  • light at end of tunnel
    • If you see light at the end of the tunnel, you see signs of hope for the future after a long period of difficulty.
      "Sales dropped heavily last year but we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel."

  • make light work
    • When a person makes light work of something, they do it very easily or with little effort.
      "After the party, the boys made light work of the cleaning up. The house was spotless in no time."

  • light years ahead
    • If someone or something is light years ahead, they are far more advanced in terms of development or progress.
      "We've got to invest more in research - our competitors are light years ahead!"

  • lights on but no one home
    • This is a humorous way of referring to someone who is lacking intelligence or sanity, or to someone who is simply preoccupied and not paying attention.
      "Forget about Andy today - the lights are on but no one is home!"

  • see in a new light
    • If you see something in a new light, you view it in a way that makes you change the opinion you had before.
      "After listening to my colleague, I began to see things in a new light."

  • shed light
    • If you shed light on something, you help to explain it or make it easier to understand.
      "It was hoped that the testimony of the witnesses would shed light on the circumstances of the accident."

  • out like a light
    • If a person is out like a light, they are so tired that they fall asleep very quickly.
      "As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light."

  • like it or lump it!
    • If you tell someone to like it or lump it, you mean that they will have to accept something even if they don't like it, because the situation is not going to change.
      "We're spending a week this summer with your grandparents - like it or lump it!"

  • (a) likely story
    • This expression is used to say that you do not believe what has just been said.
      "He said he'd found the money on the street - that's a likely story!"

  • bottom line
    • If you use the termbottom line in an explanation or discussion , you refer to the most essential point or the conclusion reached.
      "The bottom line is that part of the manufacturing will be outsourced."

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