Circumstances

hit or miss

Meaning: something is arranged in a haphazard fashion

Example: "Have you tried the new bar on the corner? We've been three times and it's a bit hit and miss." Read on

through thick and thin

Meaning: under all conditions, no matter how challenging or difficult

Example: My best friend has supported me through thick and thin. Read on

troubled waters

Meaning: a difficult phase of life

Example: The situation was getting worse, but like all the other members of the company, he was fascinated by troubled waters. Read on

out of the frying pan into the fire

Meaning: to go from a bad to worse situation

Example: In a bid to gain independence, she agreed to get married early, not knowing she was jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Read on

go with the flow

Meaning: to do what other people are doing in any particular situation

Example: Kevin didn't want to be part of the protest, but all his friends wanted to stand for something, so he chose to go with the flow. Read on

wag the dog

Meaning: to divert attention from something that is bad

Example: The prime minister keeps wagging the dog to keep people from actually finding out about the scam and its details. Read on

drastic times call for drastic measures

Meaning: extreme circumstances can only be resolved by equally extreme actions

Example: After the company had posted losses for the third consecutive year, the board decided to replace all of its top management. After all, drastic times call for drastic measures. Read on

play it by ear

Meaning: improvise

Example: Rather than adopting a new academic strategy, the principal decided to play it by ear. Read on

come to a head

Meaning: to reach a point in a situation where action needs to be taken

Example: The negative political climate in America seems to have come to a head. Read on

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the early bird catches the worm

Meaning: it refers to people who arrive earlier are the ones who get the best deals

Example: The admissions in this college get filled in very early. If you really want to enroll your son here then you should remember that the early bird catches the worm. Read on

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