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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List of Idioms - G

(Idioms G page 9:   good as gold  →  green fingers)

good as gold A child who is as good as gold is obedient and well-behaved.
Your children are always as good as gold when I look after them.
good riddance! This expression is used to express relief at becoming free of an unpleasant or unwanted person or thing.
Our horrible neighbour has moved house, and all I can say is 'good riddance'!
good turn If you do someone a good turn, you act in a helpful way.
Mike is a great guy - always ready to do a good turn.
good value for money An article that is good value for money is worth the money spent on it.
The quality is excellent so it's good value for money.
good walls make good neighbours This expression means that respecting one another's privacy helps create a good relationship between neighbours.
We try not to disturb the people next door. Good walls make good neighbours!
goose pimples If you have goose pimples, you are cold or so afraid that your skin is temporarily raised into little lumps.
I was so scared that I had goose pimples all through the film!
wild goose chase If someone is sent on a wild goose chase, they waste their time looking for something that there is little chance of finding.
They tried to find out who sent the anonymous complaint, but it turned out to be a wild goose chase.
play gooseberry If you play gooseberry, you join or accompany two people who have a  romantic relationship and want to be alone.
They invited me to join them but I didn't want to play gooseberry.
got it made Someone who has got it made is so happy and successful in life that they have no worries.
With a happy family life, a new house and a super job, Sam's got it made.
grab a bite to eat If you grab a bite to eat, you get something to eat quickly.
We should have time to grab a bite to eat before the show.
grasp at straws If you are in a desperate situation and you grasp at straws, you try any method, even if it has little chance of success, in an attempt to find a solution.
In his search for a cure, he turned to a faith healer, knowing that he was grasping at straws.
grass roots The term grass roots refers to the ordinary people who form the main body of an organisation.
(not) let grass grow under your feet If someone does not let the grass grow under their feet, they do not delay in getting something done.
As soon as he received the permit, he started to build.  He never lets the grass grow under his feet!
gravy train If someone is on the gravy train, they have found an easy way to make money, one that requires little effort and is without risk.
Since the village has become fashionable, he charges for every photograph taken of his house - he's on a gravy train!
grease somebody's palm If you accuse someone of greasing somebody's palm, you are accusing them of giving money to someone in order to gain an unfair advantage or to obtain something they want.
In some countries, it is common practice to grease government officials' palms.
grease the skids When you grease the skids, you facilitate something or smooth the way for its success.
Lunch was organised for the delegates before the meeting in order to grease the skids for the negotiations.
green fingers To have green fingers means to be good at gardening.
My dad was born with green fingers. He's great with plants.
guilty pleasure Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.
Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!
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