4.3 Idiom spot - Objective Proficiency SB
Terms in this set (22)
The icing on the cake
An extra enhancement. Something that makes a good situation better, and a bad situation worse.
Have a lot on your plate
To have a lot of work to do or a lot of problems to deal with
Put all your eggs in one basket
To make everything dependent on only one thing; to place all one's resources in one place, account, etc.
Have bigger fish to fry
to have other things to do; to have more important things to do.
Sweeten the pill
Make something unpleasant more palatable; to make something bad seem less unpleasant
Take sth with a pinch/grain of salt
To treat something skeptically or with reservations.
Spill the beans
To give away a secret or a surprise.
Sell like hot cakes
Be a great commercial success
Get egg in your face
To be embarrassed by something one has done.
Eat humble pie
To act very humble when one is shown to be wrong.
The best thing since sliced bread
Referring to something new and exciting, though often used ironically.
Know which side your bread is buttered
Understand how you can benefit from something or someone.
Bread and butter
The main part of your income.
That's the way the cookie crumbles.
A tough cookie.
A brave or indepedent person.
Chew the fat.
Chat with someone. To gossip.
Have sour grapes
Be jealous of someone else's success
a/the gravy train
A secure and easy way of making money.
Keen as mustard
Doesn't cut the mustard
Is not up to the job.
Have a Frank discussion: used mainly in American English.
Like turkeys voting for (an early) Christmas
If people do this, they choose to accept a situation which will have very bad results for them.