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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - S

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sweet tooth Someone who has a sweet tooth enjoys eating sweet things like sugar, pastries, chocolate, etc.
She'll be delighted if you bring her chocolates - she's got a sweet tooth.
sweetheart deal The term sweetheart deal is used to refer to an abnormally lucrative arrangement between two parties.
Opponents say the contract was awarded to the builder as part of a sweetheart deal, and is therefore illegal.
swelled/swollen head Someone who has a swelled or swollen head has become proud or conceited, usually because of a recent success.
Larry's promotion has given him a swelled/swollen head!
swim against the tide A person who is doing or saying the opposite to most other people is said to be swimming against the tide.
Perhaps it's because she always swims against the tide that her books are successful.
get into the swing of things When you get into the swing of something, you become involved in it or get used to it and begin to enjoy it.
It'll be more fun when you get into the swing of things.
in full swing When an event gets into full swing, it is at its busiest or liveliest time.
When we got back to the office, the Christmas party was in full swing.
swings and roundabouts What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.
This expression means that there are as many advantages as there are disadvantages, or what is lost in one area can be gained in another.
The more you earn, the more tax you pay.  It's swings and roundabouts.
swishing (party) Swishing is the name given to a recent fashion phenomenon - a party organised to swap second hand clothes.  Everyone takes along clothes they no longer wear and people can then choose the ones they want.
fall on one's sword If you fall on your sword, you accept the consequences of an unsuccessful or wrong action.
The organiser of the referendum resigned when the poor results were announced.  It was said that he' fell on his sword'.
all systems go When everything is ready for an activity or event to begin, you can say that 'all systems go'.
We've got an office, a telephone and the internet - so on Monday it's all systems go!
   
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