Problem Idioms

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pressing issue

Meaning: a problem or matter that requires immediate attention and action due to its urgency.

Example: The drought in the region is a pressing issue, requiring immediate government intervention to prevent a crisis. Read more ➺


grit one’s teeth

Meaning: to act bravely and courageously in a challenging situation.

Example: Tom gritted his teeth, overcame his fear of heights, and climbed the ladder. Read more ➺


fly in the ointment

Meaning: something that spoils a pleasant or enjoyable experience.

Example: The fly in the ointment was that the proposal still needed board approval. Read more ➺


catch a cold

Meaning: experience challenges and difficulties.

Example: Brian tried the offshore education business, but he caught a cold after the first month and has still shown no signs of growth. Read more ➺


red flag

Meaning: a sign of a particular issue requiring attention.

Example: United, American, and Delta airlines suspended all flights to China. This was a red flag as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the airline industry. Read more ➺


the rose that grew from concrete

Meaning: a person who achieved greatness even though they came from a place not so great.

Example: Ken performed well despite his poor background, much like the rose that grew from concrete. Read more ➺


come to grief

Meaning: to have an accident or suffer disaster.

Example: Their relationship came to grief following their disastrous vacation. Read more ➺


rock the boat

Meaning: to make trouble.

Example: If you don't want any trouble with your boss, then stop rocking theĀ boat. Read more ➺


hit the panic button

Meaning: prepare for disaster

Example: Dad's fishing pole dove into the lake without warning, and he hit the panic button before jumping up with the reel-spinning like crazy in his hand. Read more ➺


fiddle while Rome burns

Meaning: to perform an inconsequential task or act irresponsibly in the midst of a disastrous event.

Example: Vacuuming the carpet while her co-worker was in with the boss, trying to steal her job, felt like fiddling while Rome burned. Read more ➺


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