English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - S
|get the sack / be sacked||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.
|saddled with debt||
If you are saddled with debt, the
amount of money that you owe is a financial
Be careful. If you buy a house that is too expensive, you could be saddled with debt for many years.
|safe bet||To say that something is a safe bet
means that it is very likely to happen.
It's a safe bet that you'll get a good job if you graduate from one of the top universities.
|safe hands||If something is
in safe hands, it is being looked after
by a reliable person or organisation, and is
therefore at no risk.
I'll look after Jamie while you go shopping. Don' worry - he'll be in safe hands.
|safe side||If you do something to be on the
safe side, you do it as a precaution,
to avoid any risks.
I think I locked the door but I'll check again to be on the safe side.
|safety in numbers||This expression means that being part of
a group makes people feel more secure and
more confident when taking action.
None of the group went sightseeing alone, knowing there was safety in numbers.
|sail close to the wind||If you sail close to the wind,
you do something dangerous or act just
within the limits of what is legal or
He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind.
|sail through||If you sail through something,
for example a test or an exam, you succeed
in doing it without difficulty.
The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it.
|take wind out of sails||If someone or something takes the
wind out of your sails, they make you
feel less confident by doing or saying
something that you do not expect.
The manager's rejection of our marketing strategy really took the wind out of our sails.
|rub salt into wound||If you are in a difficult or unpleasant
situation, and somebody rubs salt into
the wound, they do or say something to
make things worse.
The separation from Julie was already difficult for Alex. Mentioning her new boyfriend just rubbed salt into the wound.
|salt of the earth||To describe someone as the salt of
the earth means that they are kind,
honest and reliable.
Mrs. Brown is the salt of the earth, always ready to give a helping hand.
|take with pinch of salt||To say that a piece of information
should be taken with a pinch (or grain)
of salt means that the information may
not be accurate or true.
Tony tends to exaggerate. I take everything he says with a pinch of salt.
|in the same boat||If two or more people are in the
same boat, they are in the same
unpleasant or difficult situation.
When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
|same page/wavelength||If you are on the same page
or the same wavelength
as someone else, you have the same
understanding or think in a similar way.
We rarely argue. We're generally on the same wavelength.
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