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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms S, page 24

Idioms S, page 24:  from:   'sweat of your brow'   to:   'all systems go'


  • (by the) sweat of your brow
    • If you earn or achieve something by the sweat of your brow, you do it through hard work and no help.
      "I got a comfortable lifestyle by the sweat of my brow - I owe it to nobody but myself!"

  • sweep something under the rug
    • If you sweep something under the rug (or carpet), you try to hide it because it is embarrassing.
      "The family tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug."

  • sweet nothings
    • Pleasant but unimportant words that lovers say to each other are called sweet nothings.
      "He whispered sweet nothings in her ear as they danced."

  • sweet tooth
    • Someone who has a sweet tooth enjoys eating sweet things like sugar, pastries, chocolate, etc.
      "My mother will be delighted if you bring her chocolates - she's got a sweet tooth."

  • sweetheart deal
    • The term sweetheart deal is used to refer to an abnormally lucrative arrangement between two parties.
      "Opponents say the contract was awarded to the builder as part of a sweetheart deal, and is therefore illegal."

  • swim against the tide
    • A person who is doing or saying the opposite to most other people is said to be swimming against the tide.
      "Perhaps it's because she always swims against the tide that her books are successful."

  • get into the swing (of something)
    • When you get into the swing of something, you become involved in it or get used to it and begin to enjoy it.
      "It'll be more fun when you get into the swing of things."

  • in full swing
    • When an event gets into full swing, it is at its busiest or liveliest time.
      "When we got back to the office, the Christmas party was in full swing."

  • swings and roundabouts
    • What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.
      This expression means that there are as many advantages as there are disadvantages, or what is lost in one area can be gained in another.
      "The more you earn, the more tax you pay. It's swings and roundabouts."

  • swishing (party)
    • Swishing is the name given to a recent fashion phenomenon - a party organised to swap second hand clothes. Everyone takes along clothes they no longer wear and people can then choose the ones they want.

  • swollen or swelled (US) head
    • Someone who has a swollen or swelled (US) head  has become proud or conceited, usually because of a recent success.
      "Larry's promotion has given him a swollen head!"

  • fall on your sword
    • If you fall on your sword, you accept the consequences of an unsuccessful or wrong action.
      "The organiser of the referendum resigned when the poor results were announced. It was said that he fell on his sword."

  • all systems go
    • When everything is ready for an activity or event to begin, you can say that 'all systems go'.
      "We've got an office, a telephone and the internet - so on Monday it's all systems go!"

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