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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


EFFICIENCY - COMPETENCE, page 2

Idioms
from:   'explore all avenues'   to:  'kill two birds w ith one stone'


  • explore all avenues
    • If you explore all avenues, you try out every possibility in order to obtain a result or find a solution.
      "We can't say it's impossible until we've explored all avenues."

  • fast track something
    • If you decide to fast track something, such as a task or project, you give it high priority so that the objective is reached as quickly as possible.
      "In view of the number of homeless, it was decided to fast track the construction of low-cost housing."

  • get it down to a fine art
    • When you learn to do something perfectly, you get it down to a fine art.
      "Entertaining her husband's business associates is not a problem for Jane; she's got that down to a fine art!"

  • fine-tooth comb
    • To go over something with a fine-tooth comb means to examine it closely and thoroughly so as not to miss any details.
      "The police are examining the scene of the crime with a fine-tooth comb."

  • get one's act together
    • If you get your act together, you organise your affairs better than you have done previously and deal with things more efficiently.
      "Jack's plan won't work unless he gets his act together."

  • 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 your ducks in a row
    • If you get your ducks in a row, you get things well organised.
      "We need to get our ducks in a row if we want our project to succeed."

  • 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."

  • go the extra mile
    • If you go the extra mile, you do more than what is expected of you.
      "You can count on Tom; he's always willing to go the extra mile."

  • go to (great) pains (or lengths)
    • When trying to achieve something, if you go to great pains or great lengths, you do everything that is possible in order to succeed.
      "The two parties went to great lengths to reach an agreement."

  • half the battle
    • This expression refers to a significant part of the effort or work needed to achieve something.
      "We've already obtained a loan for the project - that's half the battle!"

  • think on your feet
    • A person who thinks on their feet is capable of adjusting rapidly to new developments and making quick decisions.
      "Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case."

  • not let grass grow under feet
    • If someone does not let the grass grow under their feet, they do not delay in getting something done.
      "As soon as he received the permit, he started to build. He never lets the grass grow under his feet!"

  • keep your fingers on the pulse
    • If you keep a finger on the pulse, you are constantly aware of the most recent events or developments.
      "A successful investor keeps his finger on the pulse of international business."

  • kill two birds with one stone
    • If you kill two birds with one stone, you succeed in doing two things at the same time.
      "By studying on the train on the way home, Claire kills two birds with one stone."

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