English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Thoughts - Ideas - Imagination
|against one's better judgement||If
you do something, even though you think it
is not a sensible thing to do, you do it
against your better judgement.
Bob persuaded her to go by car, against her better judgement, and she regretted it as soon as she saw the heavy traffic.
|by no stretch of the imagination||
'by no stretch of the imagination'
means 'however hard you may try to believe
or imagine it'.
By no stretch of the imagination could he be called handsome.
|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.
|cloud cuckoo land||This expression refers to an imaginary
unrealistic place where everything is
perfect and impossible things can happen.
Anyone who thinks these measures are going to solve the crisis is living in cloud-cuckoo-land!
|figment of one's imagination||A figment of one's imagination
is an appearance, event or incident that is
not considered to be real but only
Other people saw the car, so it's not a figment of my imagination!
|flight of fancy||To refer to an idea or plan as a
flight of fancy means that it is very
imaginative but not at all practical or
He often has good ideas but his latest proposal is just a flight of fancy!
|harebrained idea||A harebrained
idea is an idea or suggestion that is
considered to be silly, foolish or totally
We'll never make any progress if you have nothing but harebrained ideas to offer!
|all in your head||If something is all in your head,
it is not real. It is in your imagination.
Don't be silly. Nobody is trying to harm you. It's all in your head!
|toy with the idea||If you consider
something without giving it serious thought,
you toy with the idea.
Sally has often toyed with the idea of moving abroad, but she's still here!
|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 realized what was blocking the mechanism.
|lose train of thought||If you forget what
you were saying, for example after a
disturbance or interruption, you lose
your train of thought.
Now where was I? I'm afraid I've lost my train of thought.
|cross your mind||If an idea or
thought crosses your mind, you
suddenly think of it.
It has just crossed my mind that the shops are closed today.
|mind over matter||The mental power to influence one's body
and overcome physical difficulties is said
to be a question of
mind over matter.
He know he could not be cured, but he managed to live until the baby was born - a case of mind over matter.
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