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 English Idioms and Expressions 

Idioms: Intelligence, Smartness and Comprehension-3
from:  'hit the nail'  to: 'miss the point'

  • hit the nail on the head
    • When you hit the nail on the head, you are absolutely right about something or have guessed the exact nature of a problem or situation.
      "You hit the nail on the head when you said Mark had money problems. He's lost his job."

  • horse sense
    • Someone who has horse sense is a practical thinker who has the ability to make sensible decisions.
      "Don't worry. Andrew has good horse sense. He'll do the right thing."

  • ignorance is bliss
    • To say 'ignorance is bliss' means that if you don't know about a problem or unpleasant fact, you won't worry about it.
      "I didn't know our neighbour was an escaped prisoner until the police arrived - ignorance is bliss!"

  • jump to conclusions
    • A person who jumps to conclusions reaches a decision or makes a judgement too fast, before taking the time to check out all the facts.
      "We haven't got the full story yet so let's not jump to conclusions."

  • know better than to do something
    • If you know better than to do something, you are experienced or wise enough not to do it.
      "You should know better than to go sailing in stormy weather."

  • know the ropes
    • Someone who knows the ropes is familiar with the way something is done and/or knows how to do it.
      "Charlie can fill in for Sam. He knows the ropes."

  • know someone inside out
    • If you know someone inside out, you know them very well.
      "Sue and Anne have been friends since childhood. They know each other inside out."

  • know the score
    • When you know the score, you are well-informed about a situation and know what to expect.
      "If Laura damages the car, her dad won't lend it to her again. She knows the score."

  • know your own mind
    • If you know your own mind, you know what you want or like, and are capable of making a decision.
      "I don't want to influence you. You're old enough to know your own mind."

  • know something like the back of your hand
    • If you know something like the back of your hand, you are very familiar with it or know it in detail.
      "Of course I won't get lost. I know London like the back of my hand!"

  • (not) know what hit you
    • If you don't know what hit you, you are so surprised, shocked or confused by something that you do not know how to react.
      "When I was told that I was the winner of the competition, I didn't know what hit me!"

  • know which side your bread is buttered
    • If you know which side your bread is buttered, you know where your interests lie or what will be to your advantage.
      "Paul never argues with his father-in-law. He knows which side his bread is buttered."

  • learning curve
    • The length of time needed to learn something new is called the learning curve.
      "The new system has a long learning curve so we'll have to give the staff time to get used to it."

  • light bulb moment
    • A light bulb moment is when you have a sudden moment of inspiration, comprehension or realization.
      "Harry had a light-bulb moment when he finally understood what was blocking the mechanism."

  • see (something) in a new light
    • If you see something in a new light, you view it in a way that makes you change the opinion you had before.
      "After listening to my colleague, I began to see things in a new light."

  • lose the plot
    • If a situation becomes so confusing that you are unable to understand what is happening or what you are supposed to do, you lose the plot.
      "His instructions were so long and confusing that I just lost the plot!"

  • lose the thread
    • If you lose the thread of a conversation or story, you are unable to follow it.
      "There were so many interruptions during the film that I completely lost the thread."

  • (a) lost ball in high weeds
    • Someone who is totally confused, and doesn't know what they are doing or how to do it, is a lost ball in high weeds.
      "The new intern in a lost ball in high weeds - he has no idea now to begin the task he's been given."

  • make sense of something
    • If you make sense of something, you understand it or find the meaning.
      "I couldn't make sense of the instructions."

  • miss the point
    • If you miss the point you fail to understand the essential part of what has been said.
      "Sam missed the point. It's not the job that's the problem, it's the amount of work it involves for one person."

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