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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Idioms: Thoughts, Ideas and Imagination-2
from: 'a mind of your own'   to:  'a world of your own'


  • a mind of your own
    • If you have a mind of your own, you are capable of forming an opinion and making decisions without being influenced by others.
      "The boy doesn't need any advice; he's got a mind of his own."

  • your mind goes blank
    • If your mind goes blank, you forget everything momentarily or you are unable to think clearly.
      "I was so nervous during the test that my mind went blank!"

  • one-track mind
    • Someone who has a one-track mind, has a tendency to think about only one subject.
      "The boy has a one-track mind; all he thinks about is football!"

  • (a) penny for your thoughts
    • This expression is used to ask someone what they are thinking about.
      "You look pensive. A penny for your thoughts."

  • perish the thought
    • The expression 'perish the thought' is used when the speaker really hopes that something will not happen.
      "If I lost my job, perish the thought, I don't know how we'd survive."

  • put on your thinking cap
    • If you tell someone to put their thinking cap on, you ask them to find an idea or solve a problem by thinking about it.
      "Now here's this week's quiz; it's time to put on your thinking caps!"

  • take your mind off (something)
    • If an activity takes your mind off something that is worrying you, it helps you to stop thinking about it for a while.
      "Sarah was worrying about the result of the test so Tom took her to the cinema to take her mind off it."

  • set great store by (something)
    • When you think that something is very important or valuable, you set great store by it.
      "The company sets great store by its after-sales service."

  • think again
    • If you tell someone to think again, you advise them to reconsider the situation and perhaps change their decision.
      "Your apartment is very well located; you should think again before selling it."

  • think better of it
    • If you think better of something, you decide not to do something that you intended to do.
      "I wanted to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park I thought better of it."

  • think long and hard
    • If you think long and hard about something, you think carefully before you make up your mind or reach a decision.
      "After thinking long and hard about it, Stella decided not to accept the offer."

  • think on your feet
    • A person who thinks on their feet is capable of adjusting rapidly to new developments and making quick decisions.
      "Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case."

  • think out loud
    • Someone who thinks out loud makes comments or expresses their thoughts as they occur, often without realizing it. They are talking to themselves.
      "Sam tends to think out loud when he’s doing repair work in the house or assembling furniture!”

  • think outside the box
    • People who think outside the box try to find innovative ideas or solutions.
      "Our competitors are more creative than us - they really think outside the box!"

  • think the sun rises and sets on someone
    • If you consider someone to be the most wonderful person in the world, you think the sun rises and sets on them.
      "Mary adores her husband - she thinks the sun rises and sets on him!"

  • think the world of (someone)
    • If you think the world of someone, you like or admire them very much.
      "She's a wonderful grandmother - the children think the world of her."

  • blue-sky thinking
    • The expression blue-sky thinking refers to a sort of brainstorming intended to generate original, creative ideas that are not necessarily realistic or practical.
      "What we really need now is specialist knowledge rather than blue-sky thinking.”
      "The school authorities have been doing some blue-sky thinking on how to improve standards."

  • can't think straight
    • When you can't think straight, you are unable to concentrate or think clearly.
      "There’s so much excitement in the office today that I can’t think straight!"

  • dread to think about something
    • If you dread to think about something, you feel worried about the consequences of something that will or might happen and prefer not to think about it.
      "I dread to think about what will happen if the sea level continues to rise."

  • have another think coming
    • A person who has another think coming is wrong or mistaken about something and needs to reconsider their plans or expectations.
      “If you think I'm going to pay for all this, you have another think coming!”

  • (a) shot in the dark
    • To refer to a question or statement as a shot in the dark means that it is a complete guess, but at the same time it might be close to the truth.
      "He didn't know which players had been selected, so mentioning Carter's name was just a shot in the dark."

  • (a) train of thought
    • A sequence of connected ideas is called a train of thought.
      "I was considering the different options when the noise outside broke my train of thought."

  • out of sight, out of mind
    • The expression 'out of sight, out of mind' means to forget someone you don't see frequently.
      "As soon as Jimmy retired he was forgotten by his colleagues.Out of sight, out of mind!"

  • (a) voice in the wilderness
    • If you are the only person to express a warning or an opinion on a matter which is ignored by most others, you are a voice in the wilderness.
      "For many years she was a voice in the wilderness protesting against child labour."

  • wool-gathering
    • A person who is wool-gathering is daydreaming and not concentrating on what is happening; their thoughts are elsewhere.
      "Justin spent the whole afternoon wool-gathering. He must be in love!"

  • in a world of your own
    • If you are in a world of your own, you are so concentrated on your own concerns that you are unaware of what is happening around you.
      "Dad's out there in the garden in a world of how own."

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