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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms S, page 5

Idioms S, page 5:  from:   'sell down the river'   to:   'seventh heaven'


  • sell down the river
    • If you sell someone down the river, you betray a person who trusts you.
      "When the trade union signed the salary agreement, the workers felt they had been sold down the river."

  • sell ice to Eskimos
    • This expression is used to describe a person who has the ability
      to persuade someone to accept something totally unnecessary or useless.
      "It's not surprising Mark was named 'salesman of the year'. He could sell ice to Eskimos!"

  • sell your soul
    • This is a humorous way of saying that you would be willing to do something morally or legally wrong to obtain what you want.
      "He'd sell his soul to get an interview."

  • send someone about their business
    • If you tell someone, in an irritated or unfriendly way, to go away, you send them about their business.
      "An insurance company representative keeps calling on my mother, but I told her to send him about his business."

  • send someone packing
    • If you send someone packing, you tell them to leave, in a very forceful and unfriendly way.
      "When Amanda discovered that Jack was unfaithful, she sent him packing."

  • send a shiver down your spine
    • If something sends a shiver down your spine, it makes you feel anxious, nervous or excited.
      "That song always sends a shiver down my spine!"

  • send up a trial balloon
    • If you test something such as an idea, a project or a product, to see how people respond to it, you send up a trial balloon.
      "The idea seemed excellent but when they sent up a trial balloon the reaction was very negative."

  • (a) senior moment
    • A momentary lapse of memory, especially in older people, or an absent-minded action such as putting the cereals in the refrigerator, is humorously referred to as having a senior moment.
      "I found my phone in the cupboard. I must have had a senior moment!"

  • separate the sheep from the goats
    • If you separate the sheep from the goats, you examine a group of people and decide which are suitable and which are not.
      "Examining job applications is the first stage in separating the sheep from the goats."

  • set you back
    • The sum of money something sets you back is the amount it costs you.
      "Changing the heating system will set us back about 5000€."

  • set in your ways
    • A person who is set in their ways is unable or unwilling to change their ideas, habits or methods, often because they are old.
      "My grandmother has the same routine every day. She is very set in her ways."

  • set great store by (something)
    • When you consider something to be very important or valuable, you set great store by it.
      "The company sets great store by its after-sales service."

  • set the records straight
    • If you set the records straight, you provide facts or an explanation
      to correct a mistake or misunderstanding.
      "An interview on television enabled the actress to set the records straight about her health."

  • set in stone
    • When something isset in stone, it is permanent and cannot be changed in any way.
      "The agenda is not set in stone; we can add an item if need be."

  • set the stage
    • If you set the stage for an event or a development, you create conditions that allow it to happen.
      "The agreement set the stage for their future working relationship."

  • settle a score
    • To settle a score is to retaliate against someone or take revenge for a past wrong.
      "James has made an appointment with his lawyer - he needs to settle a score with someone."

  • (in) seventh heaven
    • If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.
      "Every time she wins a match, she's in seventh heaven!"

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