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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Travel - Transport

(Idioms page 1 :  jump on bandwagon  →  itchy feet)

jump on the bandwagon If a person or organisation jumps on the bandwagon, they decide to do something when it is already successful or fashionable.
When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.
in the same boat If two or more parties are in the same boat, they are in the same unpleasant or difficult situation.
When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
miss the boat If you miss the boat, you fail to take advantage of an opportunity because you don't act quickly enough.
I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer - but I nearly missed the boat!
(not) rock the boat If you tell someone not to rock the boat, you are asking them to do nothing that might cause trouble or upset a stable situation.
After the recent riots, it was decided not to rock the boat by introducing strict measures.
paddle one's own canoe If you paddle your own canoe, you do what you want to do without help or interference from anyone.
He decided to paddle his own canoe and set up his own business.
cart before the horse A person who puts the cart before the horse is doing things in the wrong order.
Building a school before knowing the age of the population is putting the cart before the horse.
drive a hard bargain A person who drives a hard bargain always makes sure they gain advantage in a business deal.
Be prepared for tough negotiations with Dan. He drives a hard  bargain.
drive up the wall If somebody or something drives you up the wall, they do something that greatly annoys or irritates you.
I can't concentrate with all the noise - it's driving me up the wall.
backseat driver A passenger in a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver is called a backseat driver.
I can't stand backseat drivers like my mother-in-law!
highways and byways If you travel the highways and byways, you take large and small roads to visit every part of the country.
He travelled the highways and byways looking for traces of his ancestors.
my way or the highway It you say to someone 'it's my way or the highway', you are telling that person that either they accept what you propose or they leave the project.
You don't have much choice when someone says 'it's my way or the highway'.
hit the road When you hit the road, you begin a journey.
It's getting late and we've got a long way to go.  Let's hit the road.
on the home stretch To say that you are on the home stretch means that you are approaching the end of something such as a task, a race or a journey.
Don't give up - we're on the home stretch now.
itchy feet A person who has itchy feet is someone who finds it difficult to stay in one place and likes to travel and discover new places.
Andrew's got itchy feet again.  He says he's going to teach in China for a few years.
   
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