Idioms beginning with Y

you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink

Meaning: we can offer good things to people but we can't force them to accept that

Example: I have tried my level best to educate him well, but he is still having a non-serious behavior, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Read on

you’re on

Meaning: used to accept a challenge or bet

Example: Max: I challenge you to join me in my 100km run this month. Samuel: You're on! Read on

you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Meaning: you cannot make others change their habits

Example: I tried to make my grandmother learn how to use a smartphone but it was just like you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Read on

you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs

Meaning: to have to go through something seemingly not nice for a good result

Example: The course requires a lot of effort on your part. It is true that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Read on

you can’t take it with you

Meaning: everybody leaves their wealth behind after death

Example: The whole world knows that you can't take it with you but they still have so much affiliation to their worldly possessions. Read on

you bet

Meaning: for sure

Example: The manager will pull this deal off. You bet on something else about him because this is definitely happening. Read on

you’ve got to be kidding

Meaning: implies that something that someone said is a joke

Example: Dan said. "I got a job as an associate professor in the university! Wow!" Tina replied. "You've got to be kidding!" Read on

young blood

Meaning: new members that provide various new schemes and ideas for the organization

Example: The Peace corps is in need of a young blood like Adam. Read on

you can say that again

Meaning: used to agree with another person or group of people

Example: She said, "This horrible weather has been killing me." He said, "You can say that again!" Read on

you know better than that

Meaning: used to express disappointment when someone makes a mistake which they probably shouldn't have

Example: She told me that you abused her, you know better than that. Read on

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chop and change

chop and change Meaning: repeatedly change. Example: One day she's going to be a doctor, the next she wants to study architecture - she'll have to stop chopping ... Read on

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