700 Idioms 9

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I have something to show you. DO YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES? Got a minute?
The area was VERY BADLY AFFECTED, first by wildfires, then by flooding. Small businesses in particular were VERY BADLY AFFECTED by the recession. to be hard hit by = to be very badly affected by something Small businesses in particular were hard hit by the recession.
A vase like that, in mint condition, could prove VERY HARD TO FIND ANYWHERE ELSE. Large cars can be VERY HARD TO FIND overseas. hard to come by = difficult to find or get
The marketing pitch proved DIFFICULT TO WITHSTAND/ TO BE RESISTANT TO. So he bought the CD player. hard to resist
If they have their differences, leave them TO DISCUSS THEM IN DETAIL among themselves. They will work it out, eventual. I'm calling Mom right now to SETTLE / RESOLVE the details for Thanksgiving dinner. We still need to RESOLVE the details of the contract. hash it out = To discuss something in detail./ to settle or resolve by prolonged discussion
Don't run with that milk and spill it! IF YOU DO SOMETHING TOO QUICKLY, YOU ARE LIKELY TO MAKE MISTAKES. IF YOU DO SOMETHING TOO QUICKLY, YOU ARE LIKELY TO MAKE MISTAKES., so please double-check your measurements before cutting the fabric. Fred: Hurry up and get my car fixed. Alan: Don't rush me. IF YOU DO SOMETHING TOO QUICKLY, YOU ARE LIKELY TO MAKE MISTAKES. Haste makes waste = used for saying that if you do something too quickly, you are likely to make mistakes
The opposition party said it (EMPHATICALLY SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN OR NEED TO BE DONE for a change. It (EMPHATICALLY SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN OR NEED TO BE DONE the Government displayed a more humanitarian approach towards victims of the recession. It (EMPHATICALLY SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN OR NEED TO BE DONE to consider the problem on a global scale to be high time = If you say that it is high time that something happened or was done, you are saying in an emphatic way that it should happen or be done now, and really should have happened or been done sooner. It’s high time you got that bad knee looked at by a doctor!
The celebrating crowd shouted "HHH!" Hip, hip, hooray!
It didn't seem well planned, it seemed TO BE DONE HAPHAZARDLY. Films at the festival were SOMETIMES GOOD, AND SOMETIMES BAD, but they were all unique. The company still relies on AIMLESS/ CARELESS techniques that seem antiquated by today's standards. The tour around the region felt a bit RANDOM/ HAPHAZARD, with no clear agenda or plan She took dozens of photos, HAPHAZARDLY/ AT RANDOM , hoping that some would be good hit or miss /ˌhɪt ɔːr ˈmɪs/ = Sometimes good or successful, sometimes not; having mixed or unpredictable results; random, aimless, careless, or haphazard.
First, second, and third prizes went to others, but her work received OFFICIAL PRAISE "the project received an OFFICIAL PRAISE in the 1991 awards" honorable mention = an honor given in a competition to someone or something that has not won a prize but deserves official praise
I'm kind of tired of this argument, but I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN John: The prices in this place are a bit steep. Jane: Man, I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN ! Bill: I think it's about time for the whole management team to resign! Andrew: I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN. Tom: Time has come to do something about that ailing dog of yours. Mary:I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN. Jane: It would be a good idea to have the house painted. John: I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN. I hear what you're saying = I know exactly what you mean! an expression indicating that the speaker has been heard, but implying that there is no agreement.
We'll handle that if, and when, we have to; IF THE SITUATION DETERIORATES/ BECOMES DESPERATE. , IF DRASTIC MEASURE ARE NEEDED, I have some extra savings I could tap into. We'll at least have some leverage in the negotiations IF THE SITUATION DETERIORATES/ BECOMES DESPERATE. I don’t want to sell the house, but IF DRASTIC MEASURE ARE NEEDED, I might have to. They wouldn't support you, sir. __________, they wouldn't be behind you. if push comes to shove = If the situation deteriorates or becomes desperate; if drastic measures are needed.
He wasn't direct about anything, he always told a story IN AN INDIRECT, VAGUE, EVASIVE MANNER I wish you would stop saying things IN such AN INDIRECT, VAGUE, EVASIVE MANNER and just make your point! Well, he didn't promise it to me outright—he said it IN sort of AN INDIRECT, VAGUE, EVASIVE MANNER. Why don't you say what you mean? Why do you always say something IN AN INDIRECT, VAGUE, EVASIVE MANNER? in a round-about way = To imply or convey something in an indirect, vague, or evasive manner.
WHAT IS REALLY TRUE, events were quite different. Managers worry about employees leaving for other companies, but WHAT IS REALLY TRUE they are more likely to stay. He was paid money for a job that did not REALLY exist. WHAT IS REALLY TRUE, she was quite right. in (actual) fact = used for saying what is really true, when this is surprising or different from what people think
There had never been such a large parade in the small town DURING THE TIME THAT IS REMEMBERED PEOPLE STILL ALIVE the coldest winter DURING THE TIME THAT IS REMEMBERED PEOPLE STILL ALIVE the worst storm DURING THE TIME THAT IS REMEMBERED PEOPLE STILL ALIVE within/in living memory= ​at a time, or during the time, that is remembered by people still alive
I told her off, and made it clear to her what the consequences would be IN A WAY THAT IS CLEAR AND DEFINITE She was told IN A WAY THAT IS CLEAR AND DEFINITE that she would have to accept the deal. I told him what I thought of him IN A WAY THAT IS CLEAR AND DEFINITE. He told me IN A WAY THAT IS CLEAR AND DEFINITE that if it happens again, I'll be expelled. I was so mad. I told her IN A WAY THAT IS CLEAR AND DEFINITE to leave and never come back in no uncertain terms = in a way that is clear and definite
WITH REGARD TO physical mobility, he is doing okay. WITH REGARD TO weight loss, he is not. The tragedy caused billions in damage, but the biggest losses were WITH REGARD TO lives. I don't know what to do WITH REGARD TO John's problem. Now, WITH REGARD TO your proposal, don't you think you're asking for too much? in terms of = with regard to the particular aspect or subject specified.
The government has budgeted no further funding for this project IN THE NEAR FUTURE BASED ON WHAT ONE CURRENTLY KNOWS. What are the biggest issues we need to tackle IN THE NEAR FUTURE BASED ON WHAT ONE CURRENTLY KNOW? I don' t think she'll be here any time IN THE NEAR FUTURE BASED ON WHAT ONE CURRENTLY KNOW, so let's eat. It’s unlikely that the hospital will be closed IN THE NEAR FUTURE BASED ON WHAT ONE CURRENTLY KNOW. in the foreseeable future = In the near future based on what one currently knows.
It won't happen tomorrow, but SOON we expect another grant They plan to start a family sometime SOON I hope to have an answer for you SOON. I don't plan to go to Florida SOON. Today's prices won't be around SOON in the near future = soon
It PROVES you, you can't trust a habitual liar. Their success DEMONSTRATES that you can't underestimate the power of good marketing. My grandfather's pocket watch still runs perfectly after all these years, which PROVES the level of craftsmanship put into it. He had all his money stolen? It DEMONSTRATES/ INDICATES you should always lock your desk. it just goes to show = To prove, demonstrate, or indicate that something is true. Used especially in the phrase "just goes to show." used to say that something is an example of a general truth or principle:
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