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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Idioms: Sports, Games and Athletics-3
from: 'ride roughshod'   to:  'swim with sharks'

  • ride roughshod
    • If you ride roughshod over something, you behave in a harsh or thoughtless manner, or you treat a situation with contempt.
      "The government rode roughshod over all opposition to the new measures."

  • ride it out / ride out the storm
    • If you manage to survive a dangerous or very unpleasant situation, like a ship sailing through a storm, you ride it out.
      "His business was hit by the recession but he managed to ride it out."

  • let something ride
    • When you decide to do nothing about a particular situation and allow it to remain as it is, you let it ride.
      "Bill didn't like the way his wife spoke to the operator, but he let it ride to avoid another quarrel."

  • riding high
    • Someone who is riding high is enjoying a period of success or popularity.
      "He's been riding high since the success of his last film."

  • run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
    • If you run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, you want to stay on friendly terms with both sides in a quarrel.
      "Bob always wants to keep everyone happy, but he can't run with the hareand hunt with the hounds this time - the issue is too important."

  • sail close to the wind
    • If you sail close to the wind, you do somethingdangerous or act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.
      "He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind."

  • sail through something
    • If you sail through something, for example a test or an exam, you succeed in doing it without difficulty.
      "The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it."

  • plain sailing
    • An activity or task that is plain sailing is without difficulty or free from trouble.
      "Once the plans were accepted, it was plain sailing all the way."

  • take the wind out of someone's sails
    • If someone or something takes the wind out of your sails, they make you feel less confident by doing or saying something that you do not expect.
      "The manger's rejection of our marketing strategy really took the wind out of our sails."

  • skating on thin ice
    • If you are skating on thin ice, you are doing or saying something risky, or something that could cause trouble.
      "Don't mention that subject during the negotiations or you could be skating on thin ice."

  • sink or swim
    • If someone has to sink or swim, they have to do something alone, and their success or failure depends entirely on their own efforts.
      "The sink-or-swim attitude in the company can be very difficult for young recruits."

  • swim against the tide
    • A person who is doing or saying the opposite to most other people is said to be swimming against the tide .
      "Perhaps it's because she always swims against the tide that her books are successful."

  • swim with sharks
    • If you swim with sharks, you take a major risk by becoming involved with devious, possibly dangerous people.
      "Charlie shouldn’t have associated with those people. He obviously didn’t realize he was swimming with sharks!"

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