Success Idioms

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know which side one’s bread is buttered

Meaning: to be cognizant of where one's interests lie in a given situation.

Example: He tries to come across as a neutral party, but he is very aware of which side his bread is buttered on. Read more ➺


the brains behind

Meaning: used to refer to the person who originally invented a particular scheme, plan or idea

Example: Gladys was the brains behind the successful birthday party that left all the children smiling on their way back home. Read more ➺


big gun

Meaning: a very powerful individual

Example: He is a big gun at the law firm; he has never lost a single court case. Read more ➺


on the cards

Meaning: Something very likely to happen, occur or take place.

Example: A promotion is in the cards for him. Read more ➺


stand a chance

Meaning: to have a possibility of succeeding, even if a remote one

Example: Do you believe that you stand a chance of getting that job? Read more ➺


by hook or by crook

Meaning: by any possible means

Example: The farmer will not sell us the land. By hook or by crook, he is hanging on to it. Read more ➺


jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: to start doing something because it is fashionable or profitable

Example: The whole town was quick to jump on the bandwagon when people began to realize the home team would win the championship. Read more ➺


king of the hill

Meaning: be the undisputed champion

Example: He made £3 million before he was 30, so he is the king of the hill in this industry. Read more ➺


way forward

Meaning: the only way to succeed

Example: I believe that digital learning is the way forward. Read more ➺


ride high

Meaning: when someone is very successful

Example: Our team won four college tournaments in a row this year! Why wouldn't the team be riding high! Read more ➺


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