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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


PROBLEMS and DIFFICULTIES, page 6

Idioms
from:   'throw money at something'   to:  'yoke around your neck'


  • throw money at something
    • If you throw money at something, you try to solve a problem by spending money on it, without using any other methods.
      "The refugee problem cannot be solved just by throwing money at it."

  • throw it 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!"

  • tide over
    • If you tide someone over, you support them through a difficult period for a certain length of time.
      "With this weather it's impossible to get to the shops, but we have enough food to tide us over until next week."

  • tight spot
    • Someone who is in a tight spot is in a very difficult situation.
      "The recent strike has put the airline company in a tight spot."

  • tip of the iceberg
    • The tip of the iceberg is the part that is known of a problem or situation which is thought to be much more serious.
      "Journalists say that the report on corruption only examines the tip of the iceberg."

  • trilemma
    • This term is used for a situation which is even more difficult than a dilemma, because a choice must be made between three options that seem equally undesirable.

  • twist in the wind
    • If someone is left to twist in the wind, they are left to face a difficult situation without any assistance or support.
      "He walked out of the press conference and left his agent twisting in the wind."

  • unmitigated disaster
    • An unmitigated disaster is a complete failure or a total catastrophe.
      "The organisation of the tournament was an unmitigated disaster!"

  • an uphill battle
    • A person faced with an uphill battlehas to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
      "After the terrible accident, his recovery was an uphill battle all the way."

  • a vicious circle
    • When the solution to a problem creates another problem similar to the original, or makes it worse, so that the process starts all over again, the situation is called a vicious circle.
      "I borrowed money to reimburse Paul. Now I've got to reimburse the bank, with interest. It's a vicious circle."

  • wave a dead chicken
    • When faced with a serious problem, if you do something that you know in advance will be futile, to show that you made an effort, you wave a dead chicken.
      "The TV set was permanently damaged, but the technician decided to wave a dead chicken to satisfy the old lady before announcing the bad news."

  • the wheels fall off
    • When a situation gets out of control and everything starts to go wrong, the wheels fall off.
      "The wheels fell off her career when she started taking drugs and cancelling concerts."

  • without a hitch
    • If something happens without a hitch, it takes place exactly as planned, without any difficulties.
      "The ceremony went off without a hitch, to our great relief!"

  • work cut out for you
    • If you have to face a difficult task or a challenging situation, you have your work cut out for you.
      "I've got a month to reorganise the accounts department. I have my work cut out for me!"

  • a yoke around your neck
    • An obligation, commitment or restraint that becomes an oppressive burden is called a yoke around your neck.
      "When John lost his job, the repayments on the house became a yoke around his neck."

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