Meaning: when a situation is urgent or desperate.
Example: When the chips are down, you know who your real friends are. Read on
Meaning: to decline something that someone has offered.
Example: to decline something that someone has offered. Read on
Meaning: literally refers to an object that has been reoriented so that the portion which would otherwise be considered the top is now at the bottom, i.e., it is in an inverted position.
Example: Out of embarrassment, I turned the book upside down so that he would not see the title of what I was reading. Read on
Meaning: make sure something stays in place
Example: She knew if she didn't buckle down, the tasks wouldn't get done. Read on
Meaning: apply more effort to achieve a goal
Example: The team got through to the quarter-finals. Now they need to take it up a notch to get to the semis. Read on
Meaning: to accept a challenge
Example: When it comes to the rights of animals, we are always willing to throw down the gauntlet. Read on
Meaning: to avoid dealing with a problem
Example: I realise that the house needs to be painted but we are going to move in a few years so I am kicking the can down the road. Read on
Meaning: good times and bad times
Example: Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is important to stick it out. Read on
Meaning: It refers to failing organizations and how the blame of it should be on its 'head' that is its leadership.
Example: The company was bound to be closed sooner or later considering the kind of mangers that they had hired. A fish rots from the head down after all. Read on
Meaning: to waste something
Example: Fixing that old car is just money down the drain, it will never run properly again. Read on
Idiom of the Day
marry in haste, repent at leisure
Meaning: if you marry someone without knowing the person well, you will later regret your decision to marry
Example: Sally and Bob had hardly known each other for a few months before they decided to get married, and now they are having big problems. Marry in haste, repent at leisure! Read on
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