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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


ACTIONS - BEHAVIOUR, page 7

(Idioms:  go into overdrive  →  have a stab at)


  • go into overdrive
    • If someone or something goes into overdrive, they begin to work very hard or start to perform intensely.
      "At the start of every new collection my imagination goes into overdrive."

  • go off on a tangent
    • If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a speech or conversation.
      "Sometimes when he's teaching, he goes off on a tangent and starts talking about his dog!"

  • go off the rails
    • If someone goes off the rails, they go out of control and begin to behave in a manner that is unacceptable to society.
      "Given the unstable environment, it's a miracle that none of their children ever went off the rails."

  • go out of your way
    • If you go out of your way, you take particular care or make a special effort when doing something.
      "Aunt Betty went out of her way to make us feel comfortable"

  • go to extremes
    • People who go to extremes behave in a way that lacks moderation.
      "My parents tend to go to extremes. They live on a tight budget and then they go on expensive holidays!"

  • go to pieces
    • If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.
      "Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash."

  • go with the flow
    • If you go with the flow, you follow the general tendency and go along with whatever happens.
      "When my colleagues organise an office party, I just go with the flow."

  • 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."

  • grin and bear it
    • When faced with a difficult or unpleasant situation, if you say that someone will have to grin and bear it, you mean that they will have to accept it without complaining.
      "The only seat available is on a low-cost flight. You'll just have to grin and bear it!"

  • groan inwardly
    • If you groan inwardly, you would like to express despair, disapproval or distress, but you remain silent
      "On his return, when Pete saw the pile of files on his desk, he groaned inwardly."

  • haul someone over the coals
    • If you haul someone over the coals,you reprimand them harshly because they have done something wrong or incorrectly.
      "Tony was hauled over the coals for the poor quality of his presentation."

  • have one too many
    • Someone who has one too many, has drunk too much alcohol.
      "I think Steve has had one too many - he's talking rubbish!"

  • have the nerve
    • If you do something rude, impudent or inappropriate, without any embarrassment or shyness, it is said that you have the nerve to do it.
      "Jenny had the nerve to attend the ceremony wearing jeans!"

  • have a stab at something
    • If you have a stab at something, you try something that you have never had a chance to do before.
      "I had a stab at surfing once but I decided not to renew the experience!"

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