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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Intelligence - Understanding

(Idioms page 2 :  common knowledge → hammer something home)

common knowledge When information is well-known to everyone (particularly in a community or group), it is called common knowledge.
You didn't know the intern was Jack's son? It thought it was common knowledge.
credibility gap The extent of disbelief, of the difference between what you are asked to believe and what you are able to believe, is call a credibility gap.
The growing credibility gap may lead to a serious loss of votes in the next elections.
at cross purposes If two people are at cross purposes, there is a misunderstanding as to what each one is talking about.
Look, we seem to be at cross purposes. You're talking about 'sailing' boats, but I'm talking about 'selling' boats.
crystal clear A statement or expression that is easy to understand or has an obvious meaning is crystal clear or as clear as crystal.
There was no need to repeat the instructions.  They were crystal clear.
dumbing down If something, such as a television programme or a film production, is dumbed down, it is deliberately made less intelligent or less demanding in order to attract a larger audience.
Some TV channels are dumbing down their programmes in an attempt to increase their audience ratings.
enough said This expression is used to indicate that you completely understand the situation and you do not need any further details.
Your mother-in-law arrived unexpectedly last night?  Enough said!
eyes (wide) open If you do something with your eyes open, you are fully aware of what you are doing.
I took on the job with my eyes wide open so I'm not complaining.
facts speak for themselves When the facts of a situation are co clear that no further explanation or extra details are necessary, the facts speak for themselves.
No need to tell you that the situation is disastrous.  The facts speak for themselves.
get someone's drift If you get someone's drift, you understand in a general way what they are trying to say.
I didn't understand every word but I got the drift.
get the message If you get the message, you understand what someone is trying to tell you, even if it is expressed in actions or gestures rather than words.
When Tony pointed to his watch, I got the message - it was time to leave for the airport.
get the picture A person who gets the picture understands what is being explained or described.
The alarm went off and people started running everywhere - you get the picture I'm sure!
get wise to If you get wise to something, you learn something that you were not aware of before.
He finally got wise to the fact that children were stealing apples from his garden.
hammer something home If you hammer home a point or an argument, you repeat it often to make sure that it is fully understood.
The police hammered home the dangers of drinking and driving.
   
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