Deporte, Gimnasia, Rana, Gracioso, Gimnasio, AjustarA phrase a day, keeps your English in shape.


By a twist of fate

By chance and changing everything.

“By a twist of fate, the main character ended up becoming a spy.”


Half the battle

It is like saying you have made great progress towards your objective. You are a lot closer to achieving it.

“They had raised enough funds to rebuild the school. That was half the battle.”


Count your blessings

Appreciate the good things in your life.

“I get it. Life can be tough but now, stop for a moment and count your blessings. It will make you see things from a different angle.”


Lose face

To lose people’s respect.

“After the incident, the hospital feared losing face. They found a scape goat that they could blame and fire. Luckily, it all was uncovered eventually.”


Turn the tables

Reverse the situation from being in a weaker position to being in a more advantageous position.

“During the final, the tables were turned when the local team proved to be stronger than their rivals had expected.”


Not/never in a million years

It will never happen.

“When asked if he would get married again, he replied with no hesitation: Not in a million years!”


I don’t buy it.

If someone is telling you something that you don’t believe, you can say that you don’t buy it.

“Another excuse for not having done the homework? I don’t buy it!.”


Can’t get your head around something

Hard to understand and/or accept.

“This Chromecast system works randomly. I can’t really get my head around it.”


Test the water/waters

To make a preliminary approach to see how things go before taking further action.

“He was advised to test the waters before moving his business to another region.”


To be a thing

If something “is a thing” (informal), it exists and people know about it.

“I didn’t know that UV toothbrush sanitisers were a thing.”