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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


TRAVEL and TRANSPORT, page 3

Idioms
from:   'get the show on the road'   to:  'wheels fall off'


  • get the show on the road
    • If you manage to put a plan into action, you get the show on the road.
      "OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road."

  • sail close to the wind
    • If you sail close to the wind, you do something dangerous 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
    • 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."

  • shank's pony
    • If you go somewhere on Shank's pony, you have to walk rather than travel by bus, car, etc.
      "It was impossible to find a taxi after the party, so it was Shank's pony for us!"

  • (like) ships that pass in the night
    • This expression refers to people who meet briefly and are not likely to meet again.
      "The two men met once, like ships that pass in the night, and never met again."

  • live out of a suitcase
    • Someone who lives of a suitcase travels a lot, moving from place to place, and is therefore restricted to the contents of their suitcase.
      "Sarah's job involves so much travelling that she lives out of a suitcase."

  • 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."

  • hitch your wagon to a star
    • Someone who hitches their wagon to a star has great ambitions and is very determined to reach their goal.
      "At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become famous."

  • (be) on the wagon
    • Someone who is on the wagon is no longer drinking alcohol.
      "No wine for me please - I'm on the wagon."

  • asleep at the wheel
    • If you say that someone isasleep at the wheel, you mean that they are not sufficiently attentive, especially at a critical moment when vigilance is required.
      "When the firemen arrived too late at the scene, the night watchman was accused of being asleep at the wheel.

  • fifth wheel
    • The expression fifth wheelrefers to a person who find themselves in a situation where their presence is unnecessary and as a result they feel useless.
      "Everyone seemed to have a specific role except me. I felt like a fifth wheel."

  • wheels fall off
    • When a situation gets out of control and everything starts to go wrong, the wheels fall off.
      "The wheels fell off her career when she started taking drugs and cancelling concerts."

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