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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms B, page 7

Idioms B, page 7:  from:   'best bet'   to:   'beyond any reasonable doubt'

  • best bet
    • The action most likely to succeed is called one's best bet.
      "Your best bet would be to try calling him at home."

  • (to the) best of your ability
    • When someone does something to the best of their ability, they do it as well as they possibly can.
      "I felt nervous all through the interview, but I replied to the questions to the best of my ability."

  • (the) best of both worlds
    • If a person has the best of both worlds, they have the benefits and advantages of two different things.
      "We live in the centre of town, but only 5 minutes from the beach. We have the best of both worlds."

  • (put your) best foot forward
    • If you put your best foot forward, you do something as fast as you can.
      "It's a long way to the station, but if I put my best foot forward I should catch the next train."

  • bet your bottom dollar
    • If you bet your bottom dollar on something, you are absolutely certain of it.
      "Jack is very punctual. You can bet your bottom dollar he'll be here at 9 o'clock on the dot."

  • bet on the wrong horse / back the wrong horse
    • If you backor bet on the wrong horse, for example the loser in a contest, match or election, you support the wrong person.
      "When I voted for him, I was convinced he would win, but I backed the wrong horse."

  • bete noire
    • The French expression ‘bete noire’ (meaning black beast) is used to refer to a person or thing that you dislike or dread, or something that you find very annoying.
      "My father’s bete noire is cigarette butts crushed on the lawn. That irritates him no end!”

  • better late than never
    • When someone does something late, this remark means that it is better to do it late than not do it at all.
      "Do you know what time it is? You promised you'd come early to help me - but better late than never I suppose!"

  • better safe than sorry
    • The expression 'better safe than sorry'  means that it's better to be too cautious than to be careless and have regrets later.
      "Let's book tickets in advance - better safe than sorry!"

  • better still / worse still
    • 'Better still' or 'worse still' are used to emphasize that although something is good or bad, something else makes it even better or worse.
      "Not only did he get a great offer, but, better still, a house and car come with the job."

  • think better of
    • If you think better of  something, you decide not to do what you intended doing.
      "I was going to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park, I thought better of it."

  • between the devil and the deep blue sea
    • If you are between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a situation where there are two equally unpleasant alternatives.
      "When the new product didn't take off, the management was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea: develop a new marketing campaign or drop the product."

  • beyond a joke
    • Something that is 'beyond a joke' is no longer funny. It has now become a serious matter.
      "He used to be funny, but the way he behaves now is way beyond a joke. "

  • beyond compare
    • Something that is 'beyond compare' cannot be compared with anything else.
      "The beauty of the scenery was beyond compare. "

  • beyond control
    • If something is 'beyond control' it is not someone’s responsibility.
      "Due to reasons beyond our control, all flights have been cancelled. "

  • it's beyond me
    • To say 'it's beyond me' means that it is impossible for you to understand.
      "It's beyond me why Mary wants to marry John."

  • beyond your means
    • If you say that something is 'beyond your means' you mean that it costs more than you can afford to spend.
      "I really need a new car but unfortunately that's beyond my means."

  • beyond any reasonable doubt
    • This is a legal expression which means that something is certain.
      "The court established, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the man was innocent"

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