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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List of Idioms - G

(Idioms G page 8 :   go to hell in a handcart    →   gone with the wind)

go to hell in a handcart If something is going to hell in a handcart, it is in a bad state and continues to deteriorate.
This used to be a nice place to live but now the area is going to hell in a handcart.
go to rack and ruin If something goes to rack and ruin, it falls into very bad condition because of lack of care.
When the factory closed down, the building went to rack and ruin.
go spare If you go spare you lose your temper completely.
Lea's dad would go spare if he knew how much she spent in London!
go through the roof If someone goes through the roof, they become very angry.
My father went through the roof when Paul damaged his new car.
go through the mill If you go through the mill, you experience a very difficult period, or are exposed to rough treatment.
When I was an intern, I was put through the mill.  Nothing went unnoticed.
go through the motions If someone goes through the motions, they do something because they have to, but without enthusiasm.
After his wife died, he tried to continue life as before, but he just went through the motions.
go up in smoke If a plan or project goes up in smoke, it is spoiled, fails, or ends before producing a result.
When Amy and Tom separated, my mother's dream of a romantic wedding went up in smoke.
going concern A business or activity that is dynamic and successful is a going concern.
They opened a coffee shop that is a going concern today.
going places To say that someone is going places means that they show talent and ability that will no doubt lead to a successful future.
Even at college it was obvious that Paul was going places.
when the going gets tough This expression means that when faced with a difficult or dangerous situation, strong people take action in order to solve the problem.
Tom has a positive attitude. He often says 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going'.
golden handcuffs The term golden handcuffs refers to a large sum of money or a generous financial arrangement granted to an executive as an incentive to stay in their job, or to ensure long-term cooperation after their departure.
golden handshake A golden handshake is a generous sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire (sometimes given to encourage early retirement).
golden opportunity A golden opportunity is a favourable time or an excellent occasion which should not be missed.
An internship in that company would be a golden opportunity for you - it might lead to a permanent job later.
golden parachute A golden parachute is a clause in an executive's employment contract stating that the executive will receive certain large benefits if their employment is terminated.
golden rule The most important rule or principle to be remembered when doing something is called the golden rule.
When travelling abroad, the golden rule is to respect the local customs.
gone with the wind If something has gone with the wind, it has disappeared forever.
I lost everything during the crisis. My savings are gone with the wind.
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