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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Success - Failure

(Idioms page 8 :  throw in the towel →  have the world by its tail)

throw in the towel If you throw in the towel, you admit that you cannot succeed.
After unsuccessfully competing in several championships, she decided to throw in the towel and go back to college.
top dog To say that a person, group or country is top dog means that they are more successful or more powerful than others.
She's top dog in cosmetics today.
on the up and up If you are on the up and up, you are becoming increasingly successful.
The architect has been on the up and up since he designed a building in Dubai.
weather the storm If you weather the storm, you succeed in surviving a difficult period or situation.
Given the current recession, the company is weathering the storm better than most.
win-win The term win-win refers to a situation or proposition where both or all parties benefit from the outcome.
There were smiles all round when the contract was signed - it was a win-win situation.
wither on the vine If something withers on the vine, it fails or ceases to exist because people do not support or encourage it.
Let's hope the recent efforts towards peace will not wither on the vine.
wooden spoon The person who finishes last in a race or competition receives an imaginary prize called the wooden spoon.
Our team got the wooden spoon in this year's tournament.
have the world at your feet If you have the world at your feet, you are extremely successful and greatly admired.
The talented young actress has the world at her feet.
have the world
by its tail
Someone who has the world by its tail is very successful and has many opportunities to choose from.
Due to her intelligence and hard work, she now has the world by its tail.
   
   
   
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