Get your (own) way

Manage to persuade other people to let you to do what you want:

“With her convincing arguments, she always gets her own way.”


Save for a rainy day

Put something aside for the future when you may need it more.

“I’d rather not spend it all now and save some for a rainy day.”


The million-dollar question

A very difficult question to answer

“What will happen next? That’s the million-dollar question.”


Tie the knot

Get married

“It took everybody by surprise when they decided to tie the knot and move to Australia.”


Across the board

General. Affecting everyone or everything in a group, situation, etc.

“Environmental policies should be implemented across the board in order to have a significant positive impact globally speaking.”


A bitter pill (to swallow)

An unpleasant situation that is difficult to accept.

“The realisation that they would never see their father again was a bitter pill to swallow.”


Let your guard down 

(also drop or lower your guard)

You are not alert when you should

“Don’t let your guard down when travelling around that area. It’s quite rough.”


Behind someone’s back

Without someone’s knowledge or consent.

“They have been seeing each other for months behind their parents’ back.”


Miss the point

Not understand what is important about it or overlook it.

“I see what you mean but you are missing my point.”


Off the record

Not intended to be made public or official.

“After the press conference, the party leader spoke off the record to a group of journalists that had stayed behind.”


Have a frog in your throat

Have difficulty speaking because you are hoarse.

“You sound like you have a frog in your mouth. Go home and don’t speak for the rest of the day.”


Drop a hint to somebody

Suggest something in an indirect way

“Dropping hints to him won’t do it. We’ll have to tell him directly.”


Go down that road

To take a particular course of action

“Let’s not go down that road. It will only add to the problem.”


Be comfortably off

To have enough money to live without any financial problems.

“They are comfortably off since their grandparents died and left them a large inheritance.”


On the defensive

Protecting oneself from criticism

“A series of thinly veiled accusations put him on the defensive and made constructive dialogue impossible.”


The bottom line

(informal) the most important factor, the conclusion.

Note: In Business  the final line in the accounts of a company  stating the total profit or loss that has been made

“The bottom line is: therapy worked, medication didn’t.”


Aches and pains

Minor pains and discomforts, typically in the muscles.

“She puts everything down to the aches and pains of old age but it might be something more serious.”


Take its toll

If something takes its toll on someone, it has an adverse effect

“The lack of sleep was starting to take its toll on them.


You can’t go (far) wrong

… with a particular thing or action. It’s likely to be right.

“If you are into big cities, you can’t go far wrong with this European capitals tour package.


In short supply

Few, not enough

“Run-free dog parks are in short supply in my city.”


Your mind blanks out

You forget everything

“That appalling moment when your mind blanks out and you just want the earth to open up and swallow you.”




Clases de Inglés en Vitoria – Gasteiz. Particulares y grupos reducidos.