English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - T
|take shape||When something such
as a plan or project begins to take
shape, it starts to become organised
and acquire a definite form.
My new website is beginning to take shape.
|take as read||Something that does
not need to be discussed because it is
already understood or agreed upon can be
taken as read.
We're getting married in September and you take it as read that you are all invited.
|take down a peg||If you take
someone down a peg, you make that
person realize that they are not as
important as they think they are.
He was too proud. Somebody had to take him down a peg.
|take in good part||A person who
takes something in good part reacts to
it in a good-humoured way, without taking
He got a lot of teasing about his promotion but he took it in good part.
|take in your stride||When, in a
difficult situation, you take things in
your stride, you deal with the
situation calmly and without any special
When the take-over was announced, Tom stayed calm and took it in his stride.
|take lying down||If you take
something lying down, you suffer as a
result of an offensive act without reacting
Jack won't take the accusation lying down - he'll fight to defend his reputation.
|(not) take no for an answer||Someone who will
not take no for an answer is very
insistent in the way they make their request
or offer and is unwilling to accept a
My grandmother insisted that we stay for dinner and wouldn't take no for an answer.
|take offline||If you suggest that
a subject be taken offline (during
a meeting for example), you consider that it
is a separate issue and should be discussed
at another time.
Peter, you're confusing things, so let's take that offline shall we?
|take for a ride||To take someone
for a ride means to cheat or deceive
I discovered he had charged me double the normal fee. He really took me for a ride!
|take a stand||If you take a
stand, you adopt a firm position on an
issue and publicly declare whether or not
you support it.
The politician was asked to take a stand on the government's proposed measures to curb illegal immigration.
|take steps||If you take
steps, you start a course of action in
order to accomplish something.
The town is taking steps to improve security in public car parks.
|take the sting out of something||If you take the
sting out of something, you manage to
reduce the severity or unpleasantness of
A comforting voice and sympathetic attitude can take the sting out of bad news.
|take stock of the situation||If you take
stock of a situation you assess all the
aspects in order to form an opinion.
He took time to take stock of the situation before making a suggestion.
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