A phrase a day, keeps your English in shape. 


Put on the map

Make a city or company well-known, It can also be used for a person who becomes famous.

 “The novel The Guernsey Literary  and Potato Peel Society and subsequent film have put  the  channel island of Guernsey on the map.”


On the face of it

Apparently, on the surface

 “On the face of it, bargain-hunting can save you money but in fact, it can be extremely time-consuming.” 


Not rocket science

Not difficult to understand

 “Just go to the post office and fill in the forms. Postal vote is not rocket science.” 


Catch somebody off their guard

Surprise someone by doing something when they don’t expect it

 “The question caught her off her guard and she stumbled over her words trying to give an answer.” 


Not for the faint-hearted 

Not suitable for people who are easily frightened or shocked

 “The abundance of violent scenes in Game of thrones make it a series not qualified for the faint-hearted.” 


Have a knack for something

Have talent in a certain skill

Quote: “Writers have to have a knack for listening. I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create.” Jeanette Winterson


Prove your point

If you make or prove your point you show that it is true.

“Galileo Galilei, who believed in the Copernican system of heliocentrism, devised a telescope that could enlarge objects up to 20 times to prove his point.”


To work like a charm

It is very effective.

“The patient followed the doctor’s advice and it worked like a charm.”


Not all it’s cracked up to be

Not as good as people say

“Princess Diana once said that being a princess is not all it’s cracked up to be.”


Push your luck

When you have already achieved something but try to achieve more at the risk of losing everything.

“They pushed their luck too far and lost all the money they had won at the Casino.”


At the expense of

If you do something at the expense of something else, you have to sacrifice the second.

“Rachel manages to juggle several projects at the same time at the expense of her sleep.”


Take it to heart 

To be affected by what somebody says

“At first, the Youtuber took a lot of the negative comments to heart but eventually he had to learn to live with that.”


Sleep on it 

To think about something before reaching a decision, often the following day

“You don’t have to give me an answer now. Sleep on it and get back to me tomorrow.”