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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms T, page 8

Idioms T, page 8:  from:   'thorny issue'   to:   'throw a tantrum'


  • thorny issue
    • If you are faced with a thorny issue, you have to deal with a difficult or unpleasant problem.
      "Copyright and content duplication are thorny issues these days."

  • thrilled to bits
    • Someone who is thrilled to bits is extremely pleased about something.
      "Sophie was thrilled to bits when her project was selected."

  • at each other's throats
    • Two people who areat 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 (something)
    • 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 (something) 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.
      "The singer 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!"

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