English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Travel - Transport
|jump on the bandwagon||
If a person or organisation jumps on the
bandwagon, they decide to do something
when it is already successful or
When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.
|in the same boat||
If two or more parties are in the same
boat, they are in the same unpleasant
or difficult situation.
When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
|miss the boat||If you miss the
boat, you fail to take advantage of an
opportunity because you don't act quickly
I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer - but I nearly missed the boat!
|(not) rock the boat||If you tell someone
not to rock the boat, you are
asking them to do nothing that might cause
trouble or upset a stable situation.
After the recent riots, it was decided not to rock the boat by introducing strict measures.
|paddle one's own canoe||If you paddle your own canoe,
you do what you want to do without help or
interference from anyone.
He decided to paddle his own canoe and set up his own business.
|cart before the horse||A person who
puts the cart before the horse is doing
things in the wrong order.
Building a school before knowing the age of the population is putting the cart before the horse.
|drive a hard bargain||A person who
drives a hard bargain always makes sure
they gain advantage in a business deal.
Be prepared for tough negotiations with Dan. He drives a hard bargain.
|drive up the wall||If somebody or
something drives you up the wall,
they do something that greatly annoys or
I can't concentrate with all the noise - it's driving me up the wall.
|backseat driver||A passenger in a car who gives unwanted
advice to the driver is called a
I can't stand backseat drivers like my mother-in-law!
|highways and byways||If you travel
the highways and byways, you take large
and small roads to visit every part of the
He travelled the highways and byways looking for traces of his ancestors.
|my way or the highway||It you say to
someone 'it's my way or the highway',
you are telling that person that either they
accept what you propose or they leave the
You don't have much choice when someone says 'it's my way or the highway'.
|hit the road||When you hit
the road, you begin a journey.
It's getting late and we've got a long way to go. Let's hit the road.
|on the home stretch||To say that you are
on the home stretch means that you are
approaching the end of something such as a
task, a race or a journey.
Don't give up - we're on the home stretch now.
|itchy feet||A person who has
itchy feet is someone who finds it
difficult to stay in one place and likes to
travel and discover new places.
Andrew's got itchy feet again. He says he's going to teach in China for a few years.
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