A 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.”
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.”