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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'get off the ground'   to:  'upper hand'

  • get something off the ground
    • If you get something off the ground, you put it into operation after having organised it.
      "After a lot of hard work, we finally got the campaign off the ground."

  • get the show on the road
    • If you manage to put a plan or idea into action, you get the show on the road.
      "OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road."

  • give someone a run a run for their money
    • If you give someone a run for their money, you present strong competition in circumstances where the other person expects to win easily.
      "We didn't get the contract but we gave our competitors a run for their money!"

  • go belly up
    • If a business or project goes belly up, it is unsuccessful or goes bankrupt.
      "The restaurant went belly up before the end of the first year."

  • go for a song
    • If something goes for a song, it is sold at an unexpectedly low price.
      "I was able to buy the car simply because it was going for a song."

  • go out of business
    • If a shop, firm or enterprise goes out of business, it closes down or goes bankrupt.
      "If the new road bypasses the town, a lot of shops will go out of business."

  • (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."

  • 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.

  • grease someone'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.
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  • one hand washes the other (and together they wash the face)
    • This expression means that when people cooperate and work well together, there is a better chance of a achieving results.

  • upper hand
    • If a person or organisation gains or gets the upper hand, especially in a fight or competition, they take control over something.
      "We increased our market share and gained the upper hand over our competitors."

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