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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Intelligence - Understanding

(Idioms page 5 :  shed light  →  wrap your brain around )

shed light If you shed light on something, you help to explain it or make it easier to understand.
It was hoped that the testimony of the witnesses would shed light on the causes of the accident.
smart alec A smart alec is an annoying self-assertive person who tries to show off how clever they are.
Some smart alec interrupted the game claiming that the answers were incorrect!
street smart A person who is street-smart or streetwise has enough experience and knowledge about life in the city to be able to deal with difficult or dangerous situations.
The kids living in this area are all street-smart - they're in less danger than us.
strike home When somebody's comments or remarks strike home, they make you fully understand the situation.
The seriousness of his injuries struck home as he listened to the surgeon.
suss out If you suss out something, such as a problem or a situation, you examine it and manage to understand it.
Ask Jack to explain - he's got it all sussed out!
tech savvy People who are tech savvy have sufficient technical knowledge and skills to be comfortable using computers and other electronic devices.
Many students are more tech-savvy than their teachers.
there is one born every minute! This expression means that there are many people in the world who are stupid or easily fooled.
He really believed the boy found the money on the street? There's one born every minute!
tie yourself up in knots If you tie yourself up in knots, you become totally confused or confuse others when trying to explain something.
Sandy tied herself up in knots trying to explain the rules of the game.
tunnel vision If a person has tunnel vision, they focus on only one aspect of something, or they are unable to see more than one way of doing things.
Our manager has tunnel vision.  He sees no reason to change anything.
use one's noodle If you use your noodle, you use your brain or your common sense.
How did I figure that out?  I just used my noodle!
walking encyclopaedia This term refers to a person who is very knowledgeable about a lot of subjects.
The origin of Halloween?  Ask Jill - she's a walking encyclopaedia!
weigh your words If you weigh your words, you choose your words carefully in order to express exactly what you mean and avoid any misunderstanding.
At the press conference he spoke very clearly, weighing his words.
get wires crossed If people get their wires crossed, they misunderstand each other or are confused about what was said.
We must have got our wires crossed. I thought we were to meet at the hotel.
wise after the event When someone realizes, after something has happened, what could have been done to prevent it from happening, they are wise after the event.
In retrospect, I suppose I should have realized the boy was in difficulty and offered to help, but it's easy to be wise after the event.
wise for one's years
wise beyond your years
Someone who is wise for their years or wise beyond their years has more knowledge and experience that most people at their age.
She's still a child but she's wise beyond her years.
wise up/get wise to If you wise up or get wise to something, you become fully aware of  the facts and are no longer fooled.
When Mike finally wised up to the methods being used, he resigned from the company.
none the wiser If you do not know more about something after hearing or reading an explanation, or if you fail to find information on the subject, you are none the wiser.
I tried to understand the voting system but I was none the wiser after reading the explanation.
wrap your brain around If you concentrate on something in an effort to understand, you wrap your brain around it.
I need a translation of this report urgently, so wrap your brain around it fast!
   
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