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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms G, page 9

Idioms G, page 9:  from:   'going concern'   to:   'good walls'


  • (a) 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."

  • 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!"

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