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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Success - Failure

(Idioms page 5 :  landslide victory →  make a pig's ear of)

landslide victory The victory of a candidate or a political party by an overwhelming majority is called a landslide victory.
Major newspapers predict a landslide victory for the Democratic Party.
lead to a dead end If a plan or project leads to a dead end, it develops no further because it has no future.
In spite of the scientists' efforts, the research lead to a dead end.
leaps and bounds If you do something in leaps and bounds, you make rapid or spectacular progress or growth.
The number of subscribers to the newsletter has grown in leaps and bounds.
let slip through fingers If you let something slip through your fingers, such as a good opportunity, you fail to obtain it or keep it.
He should have accepted the job when it was offered. He let the opportunity slip through his fingers.
live to fight another day This expression means that even though you have not been successful, you will have another chance in the future to try again.
He was defeated in the final match but he lived to fight another day.
come a long way When someone has come a long way, they have made a lot of progress or have become successful.
Tony has come a long way since he opened his first little restaurant.
at a low ebb A person or organisation at a low ebb is not as strong or successful as usual.
The recent political crisis has left the country at a low ebb.
make a comeback When someone makes a comeback, they succeed in returning to their former successful career.
After devoting several years to her children, she made a comeback on Broadway.
make the cut If you make the cut, you reach a required standard or succeed in passing from one round of a competition to another.
After intensive training, Sarah made the cut and joined the team.
make a go of When you make a go of something, you succeed in your enterprise or produce good results.
He opened a restaurant and worked hard to make a go of it.
make headway If you make headway, you make progress in what you are trying to achieve.
Investigators have made little headway in their search for the causes of the catastrophe.
make inroads If someone or something makes inroads, for example in a new field or area, they advance successfully or make progress.
Foreign cars have made inroads into the European market.
make a killing If you say that someone has made a killing you mean that they have had great financial success.
He made a killing on the stock market.
make or break Circumstances or events that will make or break someone or something will cause either total success or total ruin.
The assignment will make or break his career.
make a pig's ear of If you make a  pig's ear of something, you do a task or a chore very badly or make a complete mess of it.
Gary offered to paint the kitchen but he made a pig's ear of it.
   
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