English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Ambition - Determination
|at all costs||If
you are determined to obtain or achieve
something at all costs, you want it
regardless of the expense, effort or
The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report from the war zone.
When someone makes a public declaration of
their objective or goal, this is their
The avowed intent of the new government is to reduce unemployment.
|beard the lion in his den||If you visit someone important in the
place where they work, in order to challenge
him/her or obtain something,
you beard the lion in his den.
If he continues to refuse my calls, I'll have to beard the lion in his den.
|bee in one's bonnet||Someone who has a
bee in their bonnet has an idea
which constantly occupies their thoughts.
She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York.
|beyond wildest dreams||If something is beyond your wildest
dreams, it is better than you imagined
or hoped for.
The research team received a grant from the government that was beyond their wildest dreams.
|blood, sweat and tears||A project or action which involves
blood, sweat and tears
requires a lot of effort and hard work.
His success wasn't due to luck; it was blood, sweat and tears all the way.
|have on the brain||If you have something on the brain,
you think or talk abut it all constantly.
Stop talking about golf. You've got golf on the brain!
|buckle down||If you buckle down, you apply
yourself with determination to hard work and
give it hour full attention.
If you want to pass your exams, you'll have to buckle down and do some serious work.
|dig in your heels||If you dig in your heels, you
refuse to do something, especially if
someone is trying to convince you to do so.
My grandfather dug in his heels and refused to move to an apartment.
|eager beaver||The term eager beaver refers to
a person who is hardworking and
enthusiastic, sometimes considered
The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive and last to leave. He's a real eager beaver!
|explore all avenues||If you explore all avenues, you
try out every possibility in order to obtain
a result or find a solution.
We can't say it's impossible until we've explored all avenues.
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