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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Consequences - Effects

(Idioms page 2:  fall on one's sword  →  you can't unring a bell)

fall on one's 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'.
get your fingers burnt If someone gets their fingers burnt, they suffer as a result of an unsuccessful action and are nervous about trying again.
He got his fingers burnt so badly in the last elections that he decided to withdraw from politics.
open doors to/for If something opens doors, it provides opportunities or possibilities for the future.
A degree from a top university generally opens doors to major companies.
price you have to pay The price you have to pay is what you have to endure in return for something you gain or achieve.
Lack of privacy is the price you have to pay for being a celebrity.
one's own undoing If you do something that is the cause of your own failure, loss or downfall, it is your own undoing. You can blame nobody but yourself.
If he continues to gamble like that, it will be his own undoing.
open doors to something If something opens doors, it provides opportunities or possibilities for the future.
A degree from a top university generally opens doors to major companies.
pay dearly for If you pay dearly for something that you do or say, you suffer a lot as a result of it.
If you leave your job now, you may have to pay dearly for it.
pay dividends If something you do pays dividends, it brings advantages or rewards at a later date.
The time he spent learning English paid dividends when he started looking for a job.
price you have to pay The price you have to pay is what you have to endure in return for something you gain or achieve.
Lack of privacy is the price you have to pay for being a celebrity.
reap the harvest If you reap the harvest, you benefit or suffer as a direct result of past actions.
When he won his first match, he began to reap the harvest of all the hard training.
ripple effect When an action has an effect on something, which in turn effects something else, it is said to have a ripple effect.
An increase in the price of oil will have a ripple effect on the economy as a whole.
slap on the wrist If you get a slap on the wrist, you receive mild punishment, or you are reprimanded for something you have done.
I got a slap on the wrist from my wife for leaving the kitchen in a mess.
stand in good stead To say that a skill, an ability or previous experience will stand you in good stead means that it will be beneficial to you in the future.
Being able to speak another language will stand you in good stead when looking for a job.
stew in your own juice If you let someone stew in their own juice, you leave them to worry about the consequences of their own actions.
Ricky spent last night in prison for starting a fight - let him just stew in his own juice!
take the rap If you take the rap, you accept blame or punishment for something, even if you are not responsible.
The whole class had to the take the rap for the disorder.
tit for tat This expression refers to an injury or insult given in return for one received.
He kicked me, so I kicked him - it was tit for tat!
you can't unring a bell! This expression means that you cannot undo what has been done, so you must live with the consequences of your actions.
   
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