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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms G, page 4

Idioms G, page 4:  from:   'get the picture'   to:   'give it a rest'


  • get the picture
    • A person who gets the picture understands what is being explained or described.
      "The alarm went off and people started running everywhere - you get the picture I'm sure!"

  • get the sack
    • If someone gets the sack, they lose their job, usually because they have done something wrong.
      "Charlie got the sack when his boss caught him stealing."

  • get the show on the road
    • If you manage to put a plan or idea into action, you get the show on the road.
      "OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road."

  • get your knickers in a twist
    • If you get your knickers in a twist, you are angry, nervous or upset faced with a difficult situation.
      "Don't get your knickers in a twist! Everything is under control."

  • get your skates on
    • If you tell someone to get their skates on, you want them to hurry up.
      "You'd better get you skates on or you'll be late!"

  • get to the bottom of (something)
    • If you get to the bottom of a problem or mystery, you solve it by finding out the true cause of it.
      "We have a problem of goods disappearing during transport. Hopefully the investigation will get to the bottom of it."

  • get wise to something
    • If you get wise to something, you learn something that you were not aware of before.
      "The old lady finally got wise to the fact that children were stealing apples from her garden."

  • get (or be) worked up
    • If you get worked up about something, you become upset, annoyed or excited, often unnecessarily.
      "It's his first day at school tomorrow and he's all worked up about it"

  • give the benefit of doubt
    • If you give someone the benefit of doubt, you choose to believe that they are innocent, honest or telling the truth because there is no evidence to the contrary.
      "Although he found it hard to believe the boy's explanation, the teacher decided to give him the benefit of doubt."

  • give the game away
    • If you give the game away, you reveal a secret or a plan, often unintentionally.
      "The singer hoped nobody in the hotel would recognize him, but an employee gave the game away."

  • give as good as you get
    • This expression means that you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you, and fight for your beliefs.

  • (not) give a hang
    • If you do not give a hang about something, you are totally indifferent to it and do not care at all about it.
      "I'm not interested in football so I don't give a hang about which team wins."

  • give (someone) a hard time
    • If you give someone a hard time, you annoy them or make things difficult for them.
      "Susan says the pupils in her new school are giving her a hard time."

  • give it a rest
    • If someone tells you to give it a rest, they are asking you to stop doing something such as complaining or talking continuously.
      "All you talk about is politics - give it a rest ... please!"

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