|jump on the bandwagon||If a person or organization jumps on the bandwagon, they decide to do something when it is already successful or fashionable.|
When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.
|in the same boat||If two or more parties are in the same boat, they are in the same unpleasant or difficult situation.|
When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
|miss the boat||If you miss the boat, you fail to take advantage of an opportunity because you don’t act quickly enough.|
I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer – but I nearly missed the boat!
|(not) rock the boat||If you tell someone not to rock the boat, you are asking them to do nothing that might cause trouble or upset a stable situation.|
After the recent riots, it was decided not to rock the boat by introducing strict measures.
|paddle one’s own canoe||If you paddle your own canoe, you do what you want to do without help or interference from anyone.|
He decided to paddle his own canoe and set up his own business.
|cart before the horse||A person who puts the cart before the horse is doing things in the wrong order.|
Building a school before knowing the age of the population is putting the cart before the horse.
|drive a hard bargain||A person who drives a hard bargain always makes sure they gain advantage in a business deal.|
Be prepared for tough negotiations with Dan. He drives a hard bargain.
|drive up the wall||If somebody or something drives you up the wall, they do something that greatly annoys or irritates you.|
I can’t concentrate with all the noise – it’s driving me up the wall.
|backseat driver||A passenger in a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver is called a backseat driver.|
I can’t stand backseat drivers like my mother-in-law!
|highways and byways||If you travel the highways and byways, you take large and small roads to visit every part of the country.|
He travelled the highways and byways looking for traces of his ancestors.
|my way or the highway||It you say to someone ‘it’s my way or the highway’, you are telling that person that either they accept what you propose or they leave the project.|
You don’t have much choice when someone says ‘it’s my way or the highway’.
|hit the road||When you hit the road, you begin a journey.|
It’s getting late and we’ve got a long way to go. Let’s hit the road.
|on the home stretch||To say that you are on the home stretch means that you are approaching the end of something such as a task, a race or a journey.|
Don’t give up – we’re on the home stretch now.
|itchy feet||A person who has itchy feet is someone who finds it difficult to stay in one place and likes to travel and discover new places.|
Andrew’s got itchy feet again. He says he’s going to teach in China for a few years.
|jump the lights||If you continue driving when the traffic lights turn red, you jump the lights.|
It’s very dangerous to jump the lights. No wonder he was stopped by the police.
|fall off the back of alorry||Goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry are stolen goods.|
Judging by the price of that camera, it must have fallen off the back of a lorry!
|make your way to||If you make your way to a destination, you manage to get there without difficulty.|
Don’t worry. I’ll make my way to your home from the station.
|pedal to the metal||When you put the pedal to the metal, you accelerate or make something go faster.|
If I put the pedal to the metal I might get there on time.
|any port in a storm||When you are in difficulty, any port in a storm refers to a solution you accept which in normal circumstances you would find unacceptable.|
The hotel was substandard, but it was a case of any port in a storm;
all the others were full.
|take for a ride||To take someone for a ride means to cheat or deceive them.|
I discovered he had charged me double the normal fee. He really took me for a ride!
|road rage||Aggressive driving habits sometimes resulting in violence against other drivers is called road rage.|
A number of accidents today are a direct result of road rage.
|middle of the road (MOR)||This term refers to anything moderate, unadventurous or inoffensive that avoids extremes and appeals to the majority of people.|
He’s a successful middle-of-the-road entertainer. My mother wouldn’t miss a show!
|get show on theroad||If you manage to put a plan into action, you get the show on the road.|
OK, we’ve got all we need, so let’s get the show on the road.
|sail close to the wind||If you sail close to the wind, you do something dangerous or act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.|
He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind.
|sail through||If you sail through something, for example a test or an exam, you succeed in doing it without difficulty.|
The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it.
|shank’s pony||If you go somewhere on Shank’s pony, you have to walk rather than travel by bus, car, etc.|
It was impossible to find a taxi after the party, so it was Shank’s pony for us!
|ships that pass in the night||This expression refers to people who meet briefly and are not likely to meet again.|
The two men met one, like ships that pass in the night, and never met again.
|live out of a suitcase||Someone who lives of a suitcase travels a lot, moving from place to place, and is therefore restricted to the contents of their suitcase.|
Sarah’s job involves so much travelling that she lives out of a suitcase.
|train of thought||A sequence of connected ideas is called a train of thought.|
I was considering the different options when the noise outside broke my train of thought.
|hitch wagon to a star||Someone who hitches their wagon to a star has great ambitions and is very determined to reach their goal.|
At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become famous.
|on the wagon||Someone who is on the wagon is no longer drinking alcohol.|
No wine for me please – I’m on the wagon.
|asleep at the wheel||If you say that someone is asleep at the wheel, you mean that they are not sufficiently attentive, especially at a critical moment when vigilence is required.|
When the firemen arrived too late at the scene, the night watchman was accused of being asleep at the wheel.
|fifth wheel||This expression refers to a person who find themselves in a situation where their presence is unnecessary and as a result they feel useless.|
Everyone seemed to have a specific role except me. I felt like a fifth wheel
wheels fall off
|When a situation gets out of control and everything starts to go wrong,the wheels fall off.|
The wheels fell off her career when she started taking drugs and cancelling concerts.