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Idioms With Meaning

Idioms With Meaning

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At all costs
If you are determined to obtain or achieve something
at allcosts
, you want it regardless of the expense, effort or sacrificeinvolved."The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report fromthe war zone."
Avowed intent
When someone makes a public declaration of their objectiveor goal, this is their 
avowed intent
."The avowed intent of the new Government is to reduceunemployment."
Beard the lion in his den
If you visit someone important in the place where they work,because you are determined to challenge him/her or obtainsomething, you
beard the lion in his den.Have a bee in one's bonnet
 A person who has
a bee in their bonnet
has an ideawhich constantly occupies their thoughts."She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York."
Beyond one's wildest dreams
If something is
beyond your wildest dreams
, it is better than you imagined or hoped for.
The research team received a grant from the governmentthat was beyond their wildest dreams."
Blood, sweat and tears
 A project or action which involves
blood, sweat and tears
requires a lot of effort and hard work."His success wasn't due to luck; it was
blood, sweat andtears
all the way."
Have something on the brain
If you
have something on the brain
, you think or talkabout it constantly."Stop talking about golf. You've got golf on the brain!"
Buckle down
If you
buckle down
, you apply yourself with determination tohard work and give it your full attention."If you want to pass your exams, you'll have buckle down anddo some serious work."
Dig in your heels
If you
dig in your heels
, you refuse to do something,especially if someone is trying to convince you to do so."My grandfather dug in his heels and refused to move to anapartment."
An eager beaver 
The term
eager beaver 
refers to a person who is hard-working and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous."The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive andlast to leave - a real eager beaver!"
Explore all avenues
If you
explore all avenues,
you try out every possibility inorder to obtain a result or find a solution."We can't say it's impossible until we've explored allavenues."
Fight tooth and nail
If you
fight tooth and nail
for something, you fight with allyour energy."The Transport Minister fought tooth and nail to have to havethe proposed road safety law accepted."
Fly by the seat of your pants
If you
fly by the seat of your pants
, you do somethingwithout knowledge or experience, using only your instinct andhoping that you will succeed."Without any formal training, he decided to fly by the seat of his pants and try his luck in New York."
Go the extra mile
If you
go the extra mile
, you do more than what is expectedof you."You can count on Tom; he's always willing to go the extramile."
Go to great lengths
When trying to achieve something, if you
go to great lengths
,you do everything that is possible in order to succeed."The two parties went to great lengths to reach an agreement."
Going places
To say that someone is
going places
means that they showtalent and ability that will no doubt lead to a successful future."Even at college it was obvious that Paul was going places."
Go into overdrive
If someone or something
goes into overdrive
, they begin towork very hard or start to perform intensely."At the start of every new collection, my imagination goes intooverdrive."
Keep your nose to thegrindstone
 A person who
keeps their nose to the grindstone
issomeone who concentrates on working hard at his job.
Hang in there
This expression is used to encourage someone to persevereand not give up in spite of the difficult circumstances."I know the atmosphere is very tense, but just
hang inthere
and eventually things will calm down."
on by your fingernails
When you
hang on by your fingernails
, you succeed incontinuing to do something in a very difficult situation."The restaurant is losing more and more customers; the owner is just hanging on by his fingernails."
Have one's heart set onsomething
Someone who has their 
heart set on something
wants itvery much."From an early age Tiger had his heart set on becoming aprofessional golfer."
Hell-bent on something
If you are
on doing something, you are recklesslydetermined to do it, even if it's dangerous or stupid."Although he is still weak, he's hell-bent on playing the match."
Hitch one's wagon to a star 
Someone who
hitches their wagon to a star 
has greatambitions and is very determined to reach their goal."At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become rich and famous."
Kill two birds with one stone
If you
kill two birds with one stone
, you succeed in doingtwo things at the same time."By studying on the train on the way home every week-end,Claire kills two birds with one stone."
A long row to hoe
This expression refers to a difficult task, assignment or undertaking that will take a long time."Getting through medical school is going to be a long rowto hoe."
Make hay while the sunshines
This expression is used as an encouragement to takeadvantage of a good situation which may not last."Successful sportsmen are advised to
make hay whilethe sun shines
Make headway
If you
make headway
, you make progress in what youare trying to achieve."Investigators have made little headway in their search for the causes of the catastrophe."
Mean business
If someone
means business
, they are serious about whatthey announce."The boss says that in future any missing material will bereported to the police, and he looks as though he meansbusiness."
Never say die
This expression is used to encourage someone to perseverein their efforts and not give up or abandon their project."Keep going. It's too soon to give up.
Never say die!"Not for (all) the world
If you say that you would
do something
for (all) the world
,you mean that you would never do it, not matter what youwere offered
I would not live in that building for the world."
Paddle your own canoe
If you
paddle your own canoe
, you do what you want todo without help or interference from anyone."He decided to paddle his own canoe and set up his owncompany."
Pester power 
This expression refers to the power children exert over their parents by continually nagging or pestering them until theyaccept to buy advertised toys or fashionable products."
Pester power 
leads busy parents to buy more and morefor their children."
Pound the pavement
Someone who
pounds the pavement
, walks the streetsor goes from company to company, usually in search of employment.You also pound the pavement in an effort to raise funds or gain support for a cause."Charlie is out there pounding the pavement since he losthis job."
Pull out all the stops
If you
pull out all the stops
, you do everything you can tomake something successful.

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