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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'make the best of things'   to:  'weal and woe'

  • make the best of things
    • If you make the best of things, you accept the situation and do what  you can in spite of the difficulties or disadvantages.
      "The apartment was badly located, but the rent was low, so they decided to make the best of things."

  • make ends meet
    • If you find it difficult to pay for your everyday needs because you have very little money, it is hard for you to make ends meet.
      "Anne's salary is so low that she finds hard to make ends meet."

  • make exhibition of oneself
    • When someone behaves in such a foolish way in public that they look ridiculous, they make an exhibition of themselves.
      "Get down off the table Fred! You're making an exhibition of yourself!"

  • (a) new lease of life
    • A person who has a new lease of life has a chance to live longer or have a better lifestyle with greater enjoyment.
      "Moving closer to his children has given George a new lease of life."

  • (the) school of hard knocks
    • Someone who goes through the school of hard knocks learns through the positive and negative experiences of life rather than through a formal classroom education.
      "He never went to college but the school of hard knocks made him a shrewd businessman."

  • (the) seamy side of life
    • This expression refers to the most unpleasant, disreputable or sordid aspects of life that we normally do not see (just as the stitched seams of clothes are generally not seen).
      "Social workers really see the seamy side of life."

  • on one's uppers
    • Someone who is on their uppers has very little money or not enough to cover their needs.
      "Because he was clearly on his uppers when he was hired, he was given an advance in salary."

  • weal and woe
    • The expression weal and woe refers to the good and bad times, the joys and sorrows, or prosperity and misfortune.
      "We all get our share of weal and woe in life."

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