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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Plants  -  Flowers  -  Trees

(idioms, page 1 :  nip in the bud →  green fingers)

nip in the bud If you nip a problem or an unacceptable situation in the bud, you stop it at an early stage, before it develops or becomes worse.
He wanted to be a clown, but his parents soon nipped that idea in the bud.
beat around the bush This expression is used to tell someone to say what they have to say, clearly and directly, even if it is unpleasant.
Stop beating around the bush. Just tell me what has been decided! 
old chestnut A story, joke or an idea that has been repeated so often that it has lost its novelty is referred to as an 'old chestnut'.
The story about his boat capsizing has become an old chestnut!
fresh as a daisy Someone who is (as) fresh as a daisy is lively and attractive, in a clean and fresh way.
I met Molly the other day.  She looked as fresh as a daisy.
pushing up the daisies To say that someone is pushing up the daisies means that they are dead.
Old Johnny Barnes? He's been pushing up the daisies for over 10 years!
lead up the garden path If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you by making you believe something which is not true.
I still haven't got the promotion I was promised.  I think my boss is leading me up the garden path!
hit the hay When you hit the hay (or hit the sack), you go to bed.
The boys were so exhausted that they hit the hay as soon as they reached the campsite.
make hay while the sun shines This expression is used as an encouragement to take advantage of a good situation which may not last.
Successful athletes are advised to make hay while the sun shines.
grass roots The term grass roots refers to the ordinary people who form the main body of an organisation.
(not) let the grass grow under feet If someone does not let the grass grow under their feet, they do not delay in getting something done.
As soon as he received the permit, he started to build.  He never lets the grass grow under his feet!
green fingers To have green fingers means to be good at gardening.
My dad was born with green fingers. He's great with plants.
   
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