Idioms - G

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gatecrash

Defined: If someone gatecrashes, they attend a private social event without being invited.
Example: We need volunteers to keep an eye out for gatecrashers tonight.

get away with murder

Defined: Someone who gets away with murder can do something unacceptable without being punished or criticized.
Example: Some parents let their kids get away with murder.

get on your high horse

Defined: If you get on your high horse, you start behaving in a haughty manner, as though you should be treated with more respect.
Example: He got on his high horse when he was asked to show his membership card.

give as good as you get

Defined: This expression means that you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you, and fight for your beliefs.
Example: Johnny can take care of himself in a fight. He can give as good as he gets.

give the cold shoulder

Defined: To give someone the cold shoulder means to deliberately ignore them.
Example: After giving my opinion, he gave me the cold shoulder.

give a hard time

Defined: If you give someone a hard time, you annoy them or make things difficult for them.
Example: Susan says the pupils in her new school are giving her a hard time.

give a run for money

Defined: If you give someone a run for their money, you present strong competition in circumstances where the other person expects to win easily.
Example: We didn't win the match but we gave the other team a run for their money.

give the run-around

Defined: If someone gives you the run-around, they deliberately give you confusing information or evasive answers.
Example: I'm trying to contact the manager, but every time I call the firm I'm given the run-around.

give shirt off one's back

Defined: This expression is used to describe a kind-hearted or generous person who would give you anything he/she owns to help you.
Example: Mike would give the shirt off his back to help a friend in difficulty.

give the slip

Defined: If you give the slip to somebody who is following you, you manage to hide or get away from them.
Example: The police were on his trail, but he managed to give them the slip.

give taste of own medicine

Defined: If you give someone a taste of their own medicine, you treat them in the same unpleasant way that they have treated you.
Example: People who always arrive late should be given a taste of their own medicine.

go through motions

Defined: If someone goes through the motions, they do something because they have to, but without enthusiasm.
Example: After his wife died, he tried to continue life as before, but he just went through the motions.

go too far

Defined: If you go too far, you do something that is considered extreme or unacceptale.
Example: Stealing is bad, but stealing from a poor person is really going too far!

go into overdrive

Defined: If someone or something goes into overdrive, they begin to work very hard or start to perform intensely.
Example: At the start of every new collection my imagination goes into overdrive.

go off on a tangent

Defined: If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a speech or conversation.
Example: Sometimes when he's teaching, he goes off on a tangent and starts talking about his dog!

go off the rails

Defined: If someone goes off the rails, they go out of control and begin to behave in a manner that is unacceptable to society.
Example: Given the unstable environment, it's a miracle that none of their children ever went off the rails.

go out of your way

Defined: If you go out of your way, you take particular care or make a special effort when doing something.
Example: Aunt Betty went out of her way to make us feel comfortable.

go to extremes

Defined: People who go to extremes behave in a way that lacks moderation.
Example: My parents tend to go to extremes. They live on a tight budget and then they go on expensive holdays!

go to pieces

Defined: If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.
Example: Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash.

go with the flow

Defined: If you go with the flow, you follow the general tendancy and go along with whatever happens.
Example: When my colleagues organize an office party, I just go with the flow.

good walls make good neighbours

Defined: This expression means that respecting one another's privacy helps create a good relationship between neighbours.
Example: We try not to disturb the people next door. Good walls make good neighbours.

grease the skids

Defined: When you grease the skids, you facilitate something or smooth the way for its success.
Example: Lunch was organized for the delegates before the meeting in order to grease the skids for the negotiations.

grin and bear it

Defined: When faced with a difficult or unpleasant situation, if you say that someone will have to grin and bear it, you mean that they will have to accept it without complaining.
Example: The ony seat available is on a low-cost flight. You'll just have to grin and bear it!

groan inwardly

Defined: If you groan inwardly, you feel like expressing despair, disapproval or distress, but you remain silent.
Example: On his return, when Pete saw the pile of files on his desk, he groaned inwardly.


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