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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - T

(Idioms T, page 8 : at each other's throats →  rule of thumb)

at each other's throats Two people who are at each other's throats are always fighting or arguing.
The two candidates for the election are constantly at each other's throats.
throw a bone If you throw someone a bone, you say something kind or reward them in some way to make them feel good.
The old man can't help very much but Bill throws him a bone now and then to keep him happy.
throw caution to the wind If you throw caution to the wind, you start taking risks and stop worrying about the danger involved.
I decided to throw caution to the wind and invest in my best friend's new company.
throw dust in someone's eyes If you throw dust in someone's eyes, you prevent them from seeing the truth by misleading them.
He threw dust in the old lady's eyes by pretending to be a police officer, then stole her jewellery.
throw good money after bad Someone who spends additional money on something that was already considered a bad investment is said to throw good money after bad.
Buying a second-hand computer and then spending money to have it repaired is throwing good money after bad!
throw money at If you throw money at something, you try to solve a problem by spending money on it, without using any other methods.
The refugee problem cannot be solved just by throwing money at it!
throw your hat into the ring If you throw or toss your hat in the ring, you announce that you are going to enter a competition or take up a challenge.
He finally threw his hat in the ring and announced that he was going to stand for election.
throw it over the wall If someone throws something over the wall, they deal with part of a problem or project, then pass the responsibility to another person or department without any communication or coordination.
You can't just manufacture a product then throw it over the wall to the sales department!
throw pearls to pigs This expression means that it is wasteful to offer something valuable or useful to someone who does not understand or appreciate it.
She had a beautifully trained voice but the audience didn't listen - talk about throwing pearls to pigs!
throw something together If you throw something together, you make or produce something quickly and without effort.
Why don't you stay for dinner - I'll throw something together!
throw a spanner in the works If someone or something throws a spanner (or a wrench) in the works, they do something that causes problems and prevents the success of a plan or event.
The two companies were keen to sign the agreement before anything happened to throw a spanner in the works.
throw a tantrum If a person, especially a child, throws a tantrum, they become angry and behave in an unreasonable way.
My sister's little boy is always throwing tantrums - he's thoroughly spoilt!
throw in the towel If you throw in the towel, you admit that you cannot succeed.
After unsuccessfully competing in several championships, she decided to throw in the towel and go back to college.
throw a wobbly/wobbler When someone, usually a capricious person, throws a wobbly, they have a fit of nerves or bad temper and lose all self-control.
He's very calm - not the sort of man to throw a wobbly if he doesn't have a clean shirt!
rule of thumb A rule of thumb is a general rule which is a handy way of measuring or calculating something.
As a rule of thumb, use one third vinegar and three thirds oil to make a salad dressing.
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