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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Thoughts - Ideas - Imagination

(Idioms page 2 :  mind of your own → world of your own)

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.
my mind went 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 If you have a one-track mind, you have a tendency to think about only one subject.
The boy has a one-track mind; all he thinks about is football!
take your mind off 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 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 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 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 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.
She adores her husband - she thinks the sun rises and sets on him!
think the world of 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.
penny for your thoughts This phrase is used to ask someone what they are thinking about.
You look pensive.  A penny for your thoughts.
perish the thought This expression 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.
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..
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 This term 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!
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 his 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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