In the bag
If you think something is
in the bag
, you are almost certainit will be achieved.
"An hour before the polling stationsclosed, victory seemed in the bag for the Conservativecandidate."
In the balance
If something is
in the balance
, it means the situation isuncertain and it is not clear what is going to happen. "Thefuture of the company is in the balance while the takeover bid is being examined."
Be on the ball
If you are
on the ball
, you are aware of what is happeningand are able to react to the situation quickly.
Have a ball
have a ball
, you enjoy yourself. "The party was great.We had a ball."
Start the ball rolling
start the ball rolling
, you start an activity in whichother people will join. "Let's start the ball rolling by calling onour first speaker."
Jump on the bandwagon
If a person or organization
jumps on the bandwagon
, theydecide to do something when it is already successful or fashionable. "When organic food became popular, certainstores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promoteit."
refers to someone who spends a lot of timedrinking in bars and pubs. "You'll find Johnny down at thepub - he's a real bar fly!"
Bare one's heart (or soul)
bare your heart or soul to someone
, you revealyour innermost thoughts and feelings to them. "John couldn'tkeep things to himself any longer. He decided to bare hissoul to his best friend."
His bark is worse than his bite
This expression is used to refer to a person who soundsmuch more severe or angry than they really are. "Don't beafraid of him -
his bark is worse than his bite.
Bark up the wrong tree
A person who
barks up the wrong tree
is doing the wrongthing, because their beliefs or ideas are incorrect or mistaken.
Have bats in the belfry
If you say that somebody has
bats in the belfry
, you aresaying that their ideas are completely mad.
Be full of beans
A person who is
full of beans
is lively, active and healthy.
Like a bear with a sore head
If someone is behaving
like a bear with a sore head
, theyare very irritable and bad-tempered. "When his team lost thematch, Brad was like a bear with a sore head."
At someone's beck and call
If a person is
at somebody's beck and call
, they arealways ready to do things for them or obey orders to pleasethem. "Parents should not be at the beck and call of their children."
Have a bee in one's bonnet
A person who has
a bee in their bonnet
has an idea whichconstantly occupies their thoughts. "She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York."