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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


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(Idioms page 4 :  another string to your bow  → go out the window )

another string to your bow If you have another string to your bow, you have another skill or possible course of action if everything else fails.
As well as her excellent qualifications, she's got another string to her bow to help her find a job.  She speaks fluent Chinese.
no strings attached An offer 'with no strings attached' is an offer made without conditions or restrictions, and requires nothing in return.
I managed to get a loan with no strings attached.
put/lay one's cards on the table If you put your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
Let's clean the air and put our cards on the table.
storm in a teacup To refer to something as a storm in a teacup means that people are making a lot of unnecessary fuss or getting excited about something unimportant.
They were arguing about who should go to the supermarket, but it was just a storm in a teacup.
storm in a teacup To refer to something as a storm in a teacup means that people are making a lot of unnecessary fuss or getting excited about something unimportant.
They were arguing about who should go to the supermarket, but it was just a storm in a teacup.
useful as a chocolate teapot Something which is of no practical use at all is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
When there are no roads, a car is about as useful as a chocolate teapot!
not the sharpest tool in the shed ‘Sharp’ means ‘clever’ or ‘intelligent’.
This expression is used to say that someone is not very intelligent.
Trust Andy to misunderstand!
Of course we know he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed!
bang one's head against a brick wall If you bang or knock your head against a brick wall, you continue vainly to try to achieve something in spite of several unsuccessful attempts.
I've been banging my head against a brick wall trying to explain the internet to my grandmother! 
like talking to a brick wall To say that a conversation with someone is like talking to brick wall means that communication is impossible because there is no reaction or response.
I tried to discuss the problem with him but it was like talking to a brick wall.
throw over the wall If someone throws something over the wall, they deal with part of a problem or project, then pass the responsibility to another person or department without any communication or coordination.
You can't just manufacture a product then throw it over the wall to the sales department!
writing on the wall This refers to a situation where there are signs showing that a problem is going to occur.
We all knew Larry was going to lose his job, but he refused to see the writing on the wall.
good walls make good neighbours This expression means that respecting one another's privacy helps create a good relationship between neighbours.
We try not to disturb the people next door. Good walls make good neighbours!
bounce off the walls Someone who is very excited about something, or full of nervous energy, is said to be bouncing off the walls.
Danny can't wait to start his new job.  He's bouncing off the walls.
window on the world When something provides an opportunity to observe and learn about people and life in other countries, it is called a window on the world.
The internet has become a window on the world.
window shopping When people go window shopping, they look at things in shop windows, without actually purchasing anything.
I haven't been paid yet,  so I can only go window shopping.
go out the window If a quality, principle or opportunity goes out the window, it disappears, is lost or is abandoned.
When the plant closed down, all hopes of finding a job went out the window.
   
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