Idioms - K

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jump in the deep end

Defined: When you jump in (or are thrown in) at the deep end, you do something without any help or preparation, in an area where you have little or no experience.
Example: He got a job as a salesman, for which he had no training, so he just had to jump in at the deep end.

keep one's feet on the ground

Defined: A person who keeps their feet on the ground continues to act in a sensible and practical way, even if they become successful.
Example: His invention was an instant success but he kept his feet on the ground and invested his money very wisely.

keep fingers crossed

Defined: If you keep your fingers crossed, you hope that something will be successful.
Example: I'm doing my driving test tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

keep a level head

Defined: If you keep a level head, you remain calm and sensible no matter how difficult or distressful the situation may be.
Example: All through the hijacking the pilot kept a level head.

keep nose clean

Defined: A person who keeps their nose clean behaves well and avoids trouble.
Example: He spent a term in prison a few years ago but he's kept his nose clean ever since.

keep nose to grindstone

Defined: A person who keeps their nose to the grindstone is someone who concentrates on working or studying hard.
Example: She was so determined to get into the college of her choice that she kept her nose to the grindstone all year.

keep someone posted

Defined: If someone asks you to keep them posted, they want you to keep them informed about a situation.
Example: Our agent promised to keep us posted on developments in the negotiations.

keep in proportion

Defined: If you react to a situation in a sensible way, without exaggerating the importance or seriousness of the facts, you keep things in proportion.
Example: Yes, we've got a problem, but let's try to keep things in proportion.

kick up a fuss

Defined: A person who kicks up a fuss creates a disturbance, especially by complaining or protesting about something.
Example: The service was so slow in the restaurant that several customers began to kick up a fuss.

kill two birds with one stone

Defined: If you kill two birds with the one stone, you succeed in doing two things at the same time.
Example: By studying on the train on the way home, Claire kills two birds with one stone.

kill with kindness

Defined: When you are excessive in your efforts to be helpful or generous, you can harm someone, or kill them with kindness.
Example: The children are overweight, but their grandmother continues to give them chocolates and cookies - she'lll kill them with kindness!


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