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- to go forward, to make progressThe toy company is gaining ground in their effort to sell more products.
a game changer
- a new idea or event that causes a change in the current way of thinking or doing something
The new rules will be a game changer in the way that football is played.
The new computer will be a game changer in the industry.
- strategyI do not know if my boss has a game plan for the meeting.
a game that two can play
- a good or bad strategy that two competing sides can both useThe insults from my friend are a game that two can play and if she wants to continue then I will too.
gang up on (someone)
- to attack someone in a groupThe children tried to gang up on the boy but he ran away.
garbage in, garbage out
- the quality of information that you put into something will affect the response/outcomeGarbage in, garbage out. The bad information that was used for the story affected the final story that was written.
- to fill up a gas tankWe must gas up before we leave on our holiday tomorrow.
gear up for (something)
- to prepare for somethingThe city is gearing up for the Olympic games.
- used as an exclamation to show surprise or other strong feelings"Gee whiz! Are we really going to go to the circus next week?"
generous to a fault
- to be too generousMy friend is generous to a fault and he sometimes gives too much to his friends.
- an agreement that is not written down but is made by two people or two groups who trust each otherI made a gentlemen's agreement with the carpenter to build some new furniture.
get a bang out of (someone or something)
- to receive special pleasure from someone or somethingMy father gets a bang out of the funny birthday cards that we send him.
get a black eye
- to get a bruise or darkened eye after being hit or after bumping into somethingThe boy got a black eye when he fell in the playground.
get a break
- to get an opportunity or a good dealI got a break when my friend sold me his car for a cheap price.
get a bright idea
- to have a clever thought or idea (often used as sarcasm)My father got the bright idea that he should buy a motorcycle.
get a charley horse
- to develop a cramp in the arm or the legThe swimmer got a charley horse while he was swimming.
get a checkup
- to receive a physical examination from a doctorI go to the doctor every year to get a checkup.
get a clean bill of health
- to be pronounced healthy by a doctorI got a clean bill of health when I went to see the doctor.
get a dirty look from (someone)
- to receive a frown from someoneI got a dirty look from the man who was sitting next to my crying child.
get a feel for (something)
- to become accustomed to something and learn how it works, to learn how to do somethingI am beginning to get a feel for my new job.
get a fix on (something)
- to receive a reading of a distant object by electronic meansWe were able to get a fix on the island and took the boat safely to the harbor.
get a foothold (somewhere)
- to find a starting point somewhere, to get a firm basis where further progress or development is possibleThe small company was able to get a foothold in the breakfast cereal market.
get a grasp of (something)
- to begin to understand somethingI am beginning to get a grasp of the new computer system.
get a grip of oneself
- to take control of one`s feelingsThe man got a grip of himself and calmed down.
get a head start (on someone or something)
- to start earlier than someone or something, to start earlier than usualWe want to get a head start on our holiday.
get a kick out of (someone or something)
- to enjoy someone or somethingMy father got a kick out of seeing his old school friend.
get a load of (someone or something)
- to take a good look at someone or something"Get a load of that man over there with the four dogs."
get a load off one's feet
- to sit down and relaxI sat down and tried to get a load off my feet.
get a load off one's mind
- to express or discuss what one is thinking or worried aboutI talked with my supervisor and was able to get a load off my mind regarding our recent problems.
get a lot of mileage out of (something)
- to get much use from something (like a car or other equipment)I hope to get a lot of mileage out of the new sneakers that I bought last week.
get a lump in one's throat
- to feel like there is something in one's throat (like you are going to cry)My sister got a lump in her throat when she watched her daughter's graduation.
get a move on
- to hurry up"Please get a move on. We are already late."
get a raise
- to get an increase in one's salaryMy friend was not able to get a raise this year.
get a raw deal
- to receive unfair or bad treatmentThe secretary got a raw deal when she had to work late everyday.
get a rise out of (someone)
- to provoke a response from someoneWe got a rise out of the teacher when we opened the window in the cold weather.
get a slap on the wrist
- to receive light punishment for doing something wrongThe judge gave the boy a slap on the wrist and did not punish him severely for his crime.
get a suntan
- to make your skin browner or darker by exposing it to the rays of the sunThe girl went to the beach to get a suntan.
get a toehold (somewhere)
- to find a starting point somewhere, to get a firm basis where further progress or development is possibleOur company was finally able to get a toehold in the textbook market.
get a whiff of (something)
- to learn a little about something (almost by chance)Whenever the reporters get a whiff of a scandal they start asking questions.
get a wiggle on
- to hurry up, to get going"Get a wiggle on. I want to arrive at the party before the other guests."
get a word in
- to find a chance to say something when others are talkingThe customer could not get a word in while talking to the salesman.
get a word in edgewise
- to manage to join a conversationI could not get a word in edgewise so I left the meeting.
get across (something) to (someone) or get (something) across to (someone)
- to explain or say something so that someone can understand itIt was difficult to get across the importance of the school safety rules to the children.
get after (someone) to do (something)
- to urge or try to make someone do something that he or she should do but has neglectedI will get after the repairman to fix the computer as soon as he returns.
- to advance, to be successfulThe woman works hard at her job in order to get ahead.
get ahead of (oneself)
- to do or say something sooner than you shouldI was getting ahead of myself when I started asking questions about the job that I did not have.
get ahold of (someone or something)
- to make contact with someone, to obtain somethingI have been trying very hard to get ahold of my old high school teacher.
get all dolled up
- to get dressed up in one's best clothesThe woman got all dolled up for the party.
- to leaveIt`s late so I must get along now.
get along in years
- to grow olderMy parents are getting along in years but they are still very healthy.
get along on a shoestring
- to manage with very little moneyI had to get along on a shoestring during university.
get along on (something)
- to manage to survive or do well with somethingMy friend is able to get along on very little money.
The young woman gets along on her good looks very well.
get along well with (something)
- to make progress with somethingThe boy is getting along well with his studies.
get along with (someone)
- to have a good relationship with someoneI get along with everybody in my company.
get an earful
- to hear much talk or criticism or complaints about somethingOur boss got an earful when he asked the employees if they had any complaints.
- to go to different places, to move aboutMy friend gets around and has been to many different cities.
get around to (do something)
- to finally find time to do somethingThe apartment manager finally got around to fixing our bath.
get at (someone or something)
- to attack or hit someone or somethingOur dog tried to get at the other dog.
get at (something)
- to mean somethingI do not know what our boss was trying to get at during the meeting.
- to succeed in leaving, to escapeI was able to get away from work early so I went shopping.
get away from it all
- to go on a holidayWe want to get away from it all this summer and relax somewhere.
get away with murder
- to do something very bad without being caught or punishedThe students were able to get away with murder while the substitute teacher was in the school.
get away with (something)
- to avoid punishment for somethingThe criminal got away with stealing the money and was never caught.
- to returnWe got back from London early yesterday afternoon.
get back at (someone)
- to do something bad to someone who has done something bad to youThe girl is angry at her boyfriend and she is getting back at him by not answering the telephone.
get back to (someone)
- to communicate something to someone at a later time, to contact someone laterWe were very careful that our complaints did not get back to the school principal.
get back to (something)
- to return to somethingI needed a rest before I could get back to my work.
get back together (with someone)
- to resume a relationship or marriage after separating with someoneThe man got back together with his wife after separating for three months.
- to fail to maintain a desired pace or level of progress, to become lateIf you get behind with your homework you will not pass your courses.
get behind (a person or idea)
- to support or help someone or somethingMany people wanted to get behind the candidate who promised to cut taxes.
- to become betterThe boy is beginning to get better at swimming.
get better (at something)
- to improve one's skill at doing something, to improve one's healthThe little boy is getting better at riding his bicycle.
- to become busyMy friend is getting busy recently and I have no time to meet him.
get by (on something)
- to be able to satisfy your needs with a certain amount of something (usually related to money)The man is able to get by on his small salary because he does not spend much money.
get carried away
- to be overcome by emotion or enthusiasm, to lose one's control or judgementI got carried away yesterday and cleaned all of my apartment.
get caught in the crossfire
- to be trapped between two lines of enemy fire, to be caught between two arguing people or groupsI do not want to get caught in the crossfire between my boss and the sales manager.
get close to (someone)
- to become close friends with someoneThe woman is trying very hard to get close to her youngest daughter.
get close to (something)
- to be almost as good as something, to almost reach or arrive at a goalThe charity is getting close to the final amount of money that they expect to collect.
get cold feet
- to become afraid and hesitant about something at the last minuteThe student got cold feet and cancelled his plans to go to China.
- to hurry up, to start moving fast, to get startedWe must get cracking on this job if we want to finish it before dinner.
get down to brass tacks
- to begin discussing or doing something immediately"Let`s get down to brass tacks and finish this job quickly."
get down to business
- to begin to get seriousWhen the meeting began everybody got down to business and began to discuss the important issues.
get down to (something)
- to get started to do something"Let`s get down to work so we can go home early."
get down to the nitty-gritty
- to get down to the basic factsThe teacher called us into her office to get down to the nitty-gritty of what had happened earlier.
get dressed up
- to put on one's best clothesI like to get dressed up when I go to a nice restaurant.
get engaged (to/with someone)
- to make a plan to marry someoneMy cousin recently got engaged to his girlfriend.
get even (with someone)
- to get revenge on someoneMy sister wants to get even with her friend for being late for the concert.
- the beginningRight from the get-go I did not like the new manager.
- to begin, to act, to go"Let's get going and begin to clean the house."
- to become excited or angryWhen the man gets going he will never stop complaining.
- to get marriedThe girl and her boyfriend surprised everyone when they suddenly got hitched last weekend.
get (a) hold of oneself
- to get control of one's emotionsWe asked the man who was crying to try and get hold of himself.
get (a) hold of (someone)
- to find a person so that you can speak with him or herI tried to get hold of my brother last week but he was out of town.
get hold of (something)
- to get possession of something"If you get hold of a dictionary, could you please let me borrow it for a few minutes."
- to arriveMy friend got in at noon today.
get in on (something)
- to become involved in somethingMy friend wants to get in on the planning of the summer festival.
get in on the ground floor
- to start at the beginning of something (in hopes of future gain)I am hoping to get in on the ground floor of the new company.
get in (someone's) hair
- to bother or irritate someoneThe woman complained that her young child was always getting in her hair.
get in touch with someone
- to contact someoneI want to get in touch with my friend when I go to New York in August.
get into a jam
- to become involved in trouble or a problemI got into a jam when I lost the keys to my apartment.
get into a stew about/over (someone or something)
- to be worried or upset about someone or somethingMy mother is getting into a stew over my aunt not phoning.
get into hot water
- to get into trouble or difficultyWe got into hot water when they found us in the building after it had closed.
get into (something)
- to become involved in somethingI do not want to get into an argument with my friend.
We were beginning to get into an interesting conversation when it became very late.
get into (something)
- to become interested in somethingThe man is beginning to get into music.
get into (somewhere)
- to enter somewhere - a car or a class or a universityMy friend wants to get into a good university.
I bumped my head as I was getting into the car.
get into the act
- to try to be part of whatever is happeningEverybody at the party wanted to get into the act and join the singers.
get into the swing of things
- to adapt to a new environment or situationWe got into the swing of things after the party started.
get into the wrong hands
- something secret or dangerous is discovered by someone who should not have itThe teacher was careful that the test answers did not get into the wrong hands.
get into trouble
- to become involved in some kind of troubleThe young boys try not to get into trouble when they are home alone.
get involved with (someone)
- to become associated with someone (often romantically)The bank teller got involved with the bank manager several months ago .
- to understand something, to understand a jokeEverybody was laughing at the joke but I did not get it.
get it all together
- to be in full control of oneselfMy friend got it all together and applied for the job at the supermarket.
get it through one`s head
- to understand or believe somethingThe man has got it through his head that he will get a job without making any effort.
- to lose one's way, to become lostI got lost on my first day in the city.
- Go away!The girl told her brother to get lost so she could finish doing her homework.
get mad at (someone or something)
- to become angry with someone or somethingI often get mad at my friend when he is late.
- to marry someoneWe got married in June of last year.
get mixed up
- to become confused"I`m sorry but I got mixed up with the dates. That`s why I came today."
get nowhere fast
- to make no progressWe are getting nowhere fast in our effort to convince our boss to give us a holiday.
- to escape or avoid punishmentThe criminal got off with a very light sentence from the judge.
get off (a bus/train/plane etc.)
- to leave or exit from a bus or train etc.We will get off the train at the next station.
get off easy
- to escape a serious punishmentThe criminals got off easy after they robbed the bank.
get off on the wrong foot with (someone)
- to make a bad start to a relationshipUnfortunately, my relationship with my new teacher got off on the wrong foot.
get off one`s butt
- to get busy, to start workingMy friend should get off his butt and try to find a job.
get off one's high horse
- to become less arrogantThe manager was forced to get off his high horse and act better toward the employees.
get off (someone`s) back
- to leave someone alone and not bother him or herI wish that my supervisor would get off my back.
get off the ground
- to make a successful beginningMy uncle's new business never got off the ground and he must try to sell it.
get off the hook
- to become free from an obligationI got off the hook and did not have to clean the classroom after school.
get off to a flying start
- to have a successful beginningThe new restaurant got off to a flying start when many people came during the first weekend.
get on in years
- to become olderMy uncle is getting on in years and is not very healthy.
get on one`s high horse
- to behave with arroganceOur boss likes to get on his high horse and give orders to everyone.
get on someone's case
- to criticize someoneThe boy's mother is always getting on his case when his room is not clean.
get on (someone`s) nerves
- to irritate someoneThe woman's constant complaining is beginning to get on my nerves.
get on (someone) to do (something)
- to ask or pressure someone to do somethingI will get on my friend to return your book tomorrow.
get on the bandwagon
- to join a popular activity or campaignEverybody got on the bandwagon to support the popular candidate.
get on the good side of (someone)
- to get in someone's favorI took my friend to a nice restaurant in order to get on her good side.
get one's act together
- to become more organizedMy sister finally got her act together and was able to find a new job.
get one's bearings
- to determine where one isWhen I got my bearings I was able to easily find my way around the department store.
get one's comeuppance
- to get the punishment that one deservesThe woman got her comeuppance when she was forced to apologize to the other woman in the company.
get one`s dander up
- to become angryYou should not talk to the supervisor early in the morning or you may get his dander up.
get one's ducks in a row
- to put one's affairs in order, to get things readyI got my ducks in a row and was able to find a job easily.
get one`s feet wet
- to do something for the first time, to gain your first experience of somethingThe writer got his feet wet in the publishing business and he is now ready to start his own business.
get one's fill of (someone or something)
- to receive enough of someone or somethingRecently, I have got my fill of fresh corn and I do not want to eat any more.
get one's foot in the door
- to begin to do something that you hope will lead to future success (often used with jobs or careers)I was able to get my foot in the door of the banking industry when I found a job at a bank.
get one's hands on (someone or something)
- to get someone or something in one's grasp"When I get my hands on a hammer I will help you fix the door."
get one's head above water
- to get in control of one's situation (often financial situation)When I get my head above water I will be able to spend less time working.
get one's just deserts
- to get what one deservesThe apartment manager got her just deserts when she was fired for bothering the tenants.
get one's mind out of the gutter
- to stop having inappropriate thoughtsI wish that my friend would get his mind out of the gutter.
get one's money's worth
- to get value for what you have paid forWe got our money's worth when we stayed on the golf course for seven hours.
get one's nose out of (someone's) business
- to stop interfering in someone else's businessThe school secretary was told to get her nose out of the teacher's business.
get one`s own way
- to be able to do what you wantThe boy always gets his own way with his younger brothers.
get one's priorities right
- to choose the correct order of prioritiesThe woman must get her priorities right and spend more time at her job.
get one`s rear in gear
- to hurry up, to get going"Let`s get our rear in gear before it is too late to go to a movie."
get one's say
- to be able to say what one thinksThe meeting was over very quickly but everyone got their say.
get one's sea legs
- to become accustomed to something, to become accustomed to a ship moving at seaAfter a few days at my new job, I was able to get my sea legs.
After we got our sea legs, we were able to walk around the boat.
get one's second wind
- to get a second burst of energy (usually after being tired)I tried to get my second wind in order to continue my hike up the mountain.
get one's start
- to receive the first major opportunity of one's careerThe newspaper owner got his start by selling papers when he was a child.
get one's walking papers
- to get firedThe young man got his walking papers for being late too often.
get one`s way
- to be able to do what you want or get what you wantThe girl is spoiled and always gets her way.
get one's wires crossed
- to get confused about something, to have a different understanding of the same situationWe got our wires crossed and we both went to different places for our meeting.
I got my wires crossed with my friend and we went to meet at the wrong time.
get out from under (someone or something)
- to escape from a situation that one does not likeI would like to get out from under my boss who is always watching my work.
get out of a jam
- to get free from a problem or bad situationI got out of a jam this morning when my coworker came to help me finish the job.
get out of bed on the wrong side or get out on the wrong side of bed
- to be in a bad moodI think that the girl got out of bed on the wrong side as she is not talking to anyone today.
get out of hand
- to get out of controlThe party was beginning to get out of hand so we asked everyone to leave.
get out of line
- to disobey or ignore the rules of somethingThe children were getting out of line when the teacher returned.
get out of (something)
- to avoid doing something that you should do or that you said you would doI was able to get out of my piano practice yesterday.
get out of (something)
- to take some clothes off so that you can put on more comfortable clothesI want to get out of my wet clothes quickly.
get out of (somewhere)
- to leave somewhere, to escapeI want to hurry and get out of my house so I will not be late for work.
get out of the way
- to stop obstructing or interfering with someone or something, to escape from somethingThe car was unable to get out of the way of the truck.
get over (something)
- to overcome a difficulty, to recover from an illness or shockThe woman is having trouble getting over her father`s death.
- to prepare yourself for something"First I must get ready for work, then I will help you."
- to develop a strong religious beliefMy uncle recently got religion and is serious about it.
get rid of (something)
- to give or throw something away, to sell or destroy something, to make a cold or fever disappearI bought a new television set so now I want to get rid of my old one.
- to get started"Let's get rolling and try and finish this project today."
get serious (with someone)
- to become more serious in a romantic relationship with someoneThe two students dated for several months before they began to get serious.
- to get ready to start somethingEverybody is getting set for the wedding ceremony.
- to become illI got sick yesterday and did not go to the movie.
- to become diverted from one's taskI began to watch the news and got sidetracked from what I had planned to do.
get some dirt on (someone)
- to get some information that could hurt someone's reputation or careerThe woman is always trying to get some dirt on the managers in her company.
- to annoy someoneIt really gets me when my co-worker comes to work late.
get (someone) down
- to make someone unhappy, to cause discouragementThe long commuting time is getting my friend down so she wants to quit her job.
get (someone`s) goat
- to irritate someoneMy friend is always getting my goat and I am tired of him.
get (someone or something) out of one's mind/head
- to forget about someone or somethingIt took me several months to get my old girlfriend out of my mind.
get (something) for a steal
- to buy something for a very low priceI was able to get our television set for a steal.
get (something) off one's chest
- to talk about something that has been bothering youI told my father about my problem at work so that I could get it off my chest.
get (something) out in the open
- to make something publicWe had a frank discussion in order to get everything out in the open.
get (something) out of one's system
- to get rid of the desire to do somethingI went on a short holiday so that I could get travelling out of my system.
get (something) out of (something)
- to get some kind of benefit from somethingMy mother does not understand why my aunt can get something out of going to an opera.
get (something) out of the way
- to take care of some business, to do or finish somethingWe got our work out of the way and began to plan for the weekend.
get (something) over with
- to finish something (usually something that you do not want to do)I was very happy to get my exams over with.
get (something) straight
- to understand something clearlyI could not get what my friend was trying to tell me straight.
get (something) through (someone's) thick skull
- to get someone to understand somethingI could not get it through my friend's thick skull that I could not go on a holiday with him.
get (something) under control
- to be able to control somethingThe fire fighters were quickly able to get the fire under control.
get the ax
- to be firedThe man got the ax last week and now he has no job.
get the ball rolling
- to start something"Let`s get the ball rolling and start planning the party."
get the benefit of the doubt
- to receive a decision in your favor when the evidence is neither for you nor against youI got the benefit of the doubt when I complained about my parking ticket.
get the better of (someone)
- to beat or defeat (someone), to win against someoneMy friend got the better of me and won the tennis match.
get the blues
- to become sad or depressedEvery winter my neighbor seems to get the blues.
get the boot
- to be fired from a job, to be told to leave a placeI got the boot from my first job in high school.
The man got the boot from the restaurant for smoking.
get the brush-off
- to be ignored or sent awayI got the brush-off when I asked the girl to dance.
get the cold shoulder
- to be ignored or rejectedMy friend got the cold shoulder when he went to the expensive restaurant.
get the day off
- to have a free day from workI hope to get the day off tomorrow so I can visit my grandfather in the hospital.
get the facts straight
- to get a clear understanding of the facts about somethingI do not believe that our supervisor got the facts straight when she heard about our argument.
get the feel of (something)
- to become used to or learn about somethingAfter you get the feel of the new computer it is very easy to use.
get the floor
- to receive official permission to speak to an audienceWhen the principal finally got the floor everybody was ready to go home.
get the go-ahead
- to receive a signal to start somethingThe construction company got the go-ahead to begin work on the new stadium.
get the goods on (someone)
- to find out true but often negative information about someoneI finally got the goods on the man and I will talk to the police soon.
get the hang of (something)
- to learn how to do somethingThe boy was asked to help with the sound system after he got the hang of it.
get the jump on (someone)
- to get ahead of someoneWe left home early so that we could get the jump on the other travellers.
get the last laugh
- to laugh at someone who has laughed at youWe got the last laugh when the car that had passed us on the highway got a speeding ticket.
get the lead out
- to hurry"Get the lead out," I said to my slow friend.
get the lowdown on (someone or something)
- to receive the full story about someone or somethingI met a friend for coffee to get the lowdown on our friend who is getting married.
get the message
- to clearly understand the meaning of somethingI told my friend to be quiet but I do not think that he got the message.
get the nod
- to be chosen for somethingMy favorite candidate got the nod to run in the election.
get the once-over
- to receive a quick visual examinationI quickly got the once-over when I arrived for the job interview.
get the picture
- to understand the whole situationI did not get the picture of what my friend was saying about his new girlfriend.
get the raw end of the deal
- to do badly in a negotiation or a similar situationI got the raw end of the deal when I received my new work schedule.
get the red-carpet treatment
- to receive very special treatmentThe Queen of England got the red-carpet treatment during her trip to Australia.
get the runaround
- to receive a series of excuses and delaysI got the runaround when I went to talk to the company about my parking ticket.
get the sack
- to be fired from a jobI told the employee that if he does not change his work habits he will get the sack.
get the shock of one's life
- to receive a serious emotional shockI got the shock of my life when I saw my teacher on TV.
get the short end of the stick
- to get less than othersI sometimes get the short end of the stick and I have to do more work than the other students.
get the show on the road
- to start working on something"Let`s get the show on the road and begin work for the day."
get the third degree
- to be questioned in great detail and for a long period of timeThe boy got the third degree when he came home late for dinner.
get the upper hand (on someone)
- to get into a position superior to someoneI got the upper hand during my dispute with the apartment manager.
get the worst of (something)
- to be defeated, to receive less benefit than someone elseThe man got the worst of the deal when the salesman sold him the used car.
get through (something)
- to complete something, to finish something, to survive somethingMy friend is having trouble getting through her final exams.
I have much reading that I must get through before tomorrow.
get through to (someone)
- to make someone understand somethingI tried talking to the woman but I could not get through to her.
get time off
- to receive a holiday from workI can never get time off in the summer.
- to become tiredI want to have a quiet day because I do not want to get tired.
get to (a place)
- to arrive at a placeWe will eat dinner when we get to the hotel.
get to (do something)
- to have a chance to do something, to be able to do somethingI did not get to go to the circus last week.
get to first base
- to make a start, to succeedI tried to meet the company president but I could not get to first base.
get to one's feet
- to stand upThe members of the audience got to their feet when the concert finished.
get to the bottom of (something)
- to find out the real cause of something or answer to somethingThe government wants to get to the bottom of the financial problems in the company.
get to the heart of (something)
- to understand the most important thing about somethingWe were in the meeting for three hours trying to get to the heart of the problem.
get to the root of a problem
- to get an understanding of the causes of a problemThe purpose of the meeting was to get to the root of the problem about the money.
get tough with (someone)
- to become firm or strict with someoneThe school plans to get tough with students who are late.
get under (someone`s) skin
- to bother or irritate someoneThe woman always gets under my skin although I do not really know why.
get under way
- to startThe festival got under way early this morning.
- to get out of bed, to get to one`s feetI got up early today so that I could go fishing with my friend.
I got up after sitting at my computer all morning.
- energy, enthusiasm, driveThe man has lots of get-up-and-go and it is difficult to follow him around.
get up enough nerve (to do something)
- to become brave enough to do somethingI finally got up enough nerve to ask the woman for a date.
get up on the wrong side of the bed
- to be in a bad moodMy friend got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and will not talk to anyone.
get up the nerve to (do something)
- to become brave enough to do somethingI tried to get up the nerve to ask my friend about his new job.
get used to (someone or something)
- to become accustomed to someone or somethingI am slowly getting used to my new job.
get what`s coming to you
- to receive the good or bad that you deserveThe criminal got what was coming to him when he was sent to jail for two years.
- to become well, to become healthy againThe boy was sick but now he is getting well.
- to become wetI got wet because of the rain.
get wind of (something)
- to hear about somethingI got wind of the changes in our company from my friend.
get wise to (someone or something)
- to learn about something that is a secretThe man got wise to the fact that someone was stealing his money.
get with it
- to pay attention, to get busyI told my friend to get with it or he would have problems with his boss.
get worked up about/over (something)
- to get excited or angry about somethingMy friend always gets worked up about his problems at work.
- to become worseThe boy is very sick and is getting worse.
- fancy dress or costume"What was that strange getup that your friend was wearing the other day?"
ghost of a chance
- very little chance, the smallest chanceThe boy does not have a ghost of a chance to finish his homework before class.
gift of the gab
- the ability to talk wellMy friend has the gift of the gab and is much fun at a party.
give a little
- to compromise, to show flexibility when negotiatingMy friend is easy to travel with because she will always give a little when we have a dispute.
give a wide birth to (someone or something)
- to keep away from someone or something, to keep a safe distance from someone or somethingI usually give a wide birth to my boss when he is angry.
- sharing, giving and receiving between people, compromiseYou must be willing to give-and-take if you want to have a good marriage.
give away (a secret) or give (a secret) away
- to let a secret become knownI do not want my friend to give away my plans to go to Mexico for a holiday.
give away (something) or give (something) away
- to give something to someoneI will give away my bicycle because I do not need it anymore.
give away the farm
- to offer too much during a negotiationI tried not to give away the farm during the negotiation.
- to have a babyThe woman gave birth to a baby boy last night.
give chase to (someone or something)
- to chase or run after someone or somethingThe police gave chase to the man who robbed the store.
give credence to (someone or something)
- to believe someone or something, to credit someone or somethingWe did not want to give credence to the man's statement so we did not respond to it.
give credit where credit is due
- to acknowledge or thank someone who deserves itWe gave credit where credit is due and thanked the cook for her hard work.
give free rein to (someone or something)
- to allow someone to be completely in charge of something, to give someone or something the freedom to do somethingThe man was given free rein to do what he wanted in his new job.
- to move back, to retreat, to stop opposing someoneOur boss refused to give ground on his plan to change the system of office management.
give in to (someone or something)
- to surrender, to give someone his or her own way, to stop opposing or resisting someone or somethingThe company gave in to the union`s demand for more money.
give it to (someone)
- to punish or scold someoneThe father gave it to his son when the boy came back late with the car.
give it to (someone) straight
- to tell something to someone directlyMy boss gave it to me straight about my chance to get a promotion.
give off (something) or give (something) off
- to release a smell or something, to produce a smell or somethingThe garbage was beginning to give off a bad smell because of the hot weather.
The water began to give off steam when it began to boil.
give one's eye teeth (to do something) or (for something)
- to want to do something very much, to want something very muchThe little boy would give his eye teeth to have a little puppy.
give one`s right arm (for something or to do something)
- to give something of great valueI would give my right arm to be able to go to Italy with my friends.
give oneself away
- to show guilt, to show that you have done wrongThe girl gave herself away when she said that she had not been downtown although her boyfriend had seen her there.
give oneself up
- to surrender, to stop hiding or running awayThe robbers gave themselves up when the police surrounded the house.
give oneself up to (something)
- to let oneself enjoy something, to not hold oneself back from somethingThe man gave himself up to enjoy the party although he was feeling sick.
give or take (a certain amount of something)
- plus or minus a small amount of somethingI think that the man is about 40 years old give or take five years.
- to fail, to wear outWe went hiking last week but my legs gave out so we had to return early.
- to be gone, to finishWe went camping for a week but our food gave out after only three days.
give out (a sound)
- to utter a soundThe girl gave out a loud scream when she saw the spider.
give out (something)
- to give something to people, to distribute somethingWe gave out more than six hundred balloons at the shopping center.
give rise to (something)
- to cause somethingThe problems with the heating system gave rise to several other problems.
give (someone) a big hand
- to clap one's hands in applause, to applaud someoneThe audience gave the performer a big hand.
give (someone) a black eye
- to hit someone near the eye so that it becomes dark, to harm someone's reputationI bumped into the door and it gave me a black eye.
The bad products gave the company a black eye.
give (someone) a blank check
- to give someone the freedom or permission to do what they think is necessaryThe new coach was given a blank check by the university to try and improve the team.
give (someone) a break
- to give someone a chance, to provide someone with another opportunity or chanceWe decided to give the woman a break and not complain about her bad manners.
give (someone) a bum steer
- to make a misleading suggestionThe store owner gave the police a bum steer when he told them where the robber may have gone.
give (someone) a clean bill of health
- to declare that someone is healthy (usually done by a doctor)My doctor gave me a clean bill of health during my recent checkup.
give (someone) a dirty look
- to frown or make an angry face at someoneI gave the woman a dirty look when she began talking loudly on her cell phone.
give (someone) a fair shake
- to treat someone fairlyOur company tries to give everyone a fair shake.
give (someone) a free hand (with something)
- to give someone complete control over somethingThe city gave the homeowners a free hand to plan the new playground.
give (someone) a hand
- to help someone do something"Please give me a hand to move this piano."
give (someone) a hard time
- to tease someone, to make trouble for someoneThe girl gave her boyfriend a hard time about his new haircut.
The new supervisor is giving me a hard time.
give (someone) a head start
- to allow someone to start earlier than othersWe gave my friend a head start in the treasure hunting contest.
give (someone) a piece of one's mind
- to scold or become angry with someoneWhen I met my friend yesterday, I gave her a piece of my mind.
give (someone) a ring/buzz
- to call someone on the telephoneI plan to give my friend a ring when I get home tonight.
give (someone) a run for their money
- to give someone a challengeOur team gave the stronger team a run for their money during the championship finals.
give (someone or something) a second chance
- to try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person back (usually after a fight or a breakup)The girl's boyfriend left her for several months but when he came back she was happy to give him a second chance.
give (someone) a start
- to startle or surprise someoneThe dog gave me a start when it suddenly appeared.
give (someone) a taste of his or her own medicine
- to do something bad to someone after the other person has done something bad to youI gave my friend a taste of her own medicine after she made me wait for her. I made her wait for me.
give (someone) a tongue-lashing
- to give someone a severe scoldingThe mother gave her daughter a tongue-lashing when the daughter returned from school.
give (someone) an earful
- to scold someone, to tell someone much information (usually in an angry way)I gave my sister an earful when she phoned me.
give (someone) an inch and they will take a mile
- if you give someone a little they will want more, some people are never satisfiedIf you give the children an inch they will take a mile so you should be strict sometimes.
give (someone) carte blanche
- to let someone do whatever they want in a particular situation (carte blanche is French for a blank piece of paper or a blank card)The movie director has carte blanche to make the movie the way that he wants.
The company gave the group carte blanche to do the project.
give (someone) credit for (something)
- to acknowledge or thank someone for something that they have doneEverybody gave the man credit for saving the life of the girl.
give (someone) enough rope and he or she will hang themself
- give someone enough time and freedom to do what they want and they will make a mistake or get into trouble and be caught"Don`t worry about trying to fight him. If you give him enough rope he will hang himself."
give (someone) one`s word
- to make a promise to someoneMy friend gave me his word that he will meet me at the library.
give (someone) pause to think
- to cause someone to stop and thinkThe accident on the highway gave everyone pause to think.
give (someone) the ax
- to fire an employeeWe gave the new employee the ax because he was always late for work.
give (someone) the benefit of the doubt
- to assume or believe that someone is right or innocent of somethingI gave the man the benefit of the doubt but I think that he is lying.
give (someone) the boot
- to fire someone from a job, to force someone to leave a placeThe manager gave the man the boot when he began yelling in the restaurant.
give (someone) the brush-off
- to send someone away, to ignore someoneI gave the woman the brush-off when I saw her in the supermarket.
give (someone) the bum's rush
- to make someone leave a place quicklyThe club owner gave us the bum's rush when we began to make too much noise.
give (someone) the cold shoulder
- to be unfriendly to someoneI gave the woman the cold shoulder at the party.
give (someone) the creeps
- to make someone feel uncomfortableThe girl next door is very strange. She gives me the creeps.
give (someone) the eye
- to look or stare at someone (especially in a cold or unfriendly way)The store manager began to give the boy the eye.
give (someone) the go-ahead
- to give someone permission to begin a projectThe sales manager gave us the go-ahead to begin the new sales campaign.
give (someone) the green light
- to give someone permission to begin a projectThe city gave us the green light to begin work on the new housing project.
give (someone) the low-down (on someone or something)
- to tell someone the full story or details about someone or somethingI gave my friend the low-down on our plans for the weekend.
give (someone or something) the once-over
- to visually examine someone or something quicklyWe gave the man the once-over when he walked into the restaurant.
give (someone) the red-carpet treatment
- to give someone very special treatmentThe city gave the politician the red-carpet treatment when he came for a visit.
give (someone) the runaround
- to give excuses and delays to someoneWe tried to get a refund for our airplane tickets but the company gave us the runaround.
give (someone) the shirt off one's back
- to be very generous to someoneMy uncle is very kind and he will give you the shirt off his back.
give (someone) the slip
- to escape from someoneThe bank robbers tried to give the police the slip but they were soon caught.
give (someone) the third degree
- to question someone in great detailThe woman gave her son the third degree when he returned home.
give (someone) their due
- to give someone the credit that he or she deservesYou have to give our company president his due. He has saved the company from bankruptcy.
give (someone) what's coming to him or her
- to give someone what they deserveI gave my neighbor what's coming to her when I complained to the police about her dog.
give (something) a shot
- to try somethingI plan to give golfing a shot during my summer holidays.
give (something) a whirl
- to attempt to do somethingI decided to give singing a whirl so I joined a singing club.
give (something) one's best shot
- to try very hardI plan to give the new job my best shot.
give the devil his due
- to give credit to someone who deserves it even if you dislike him or herI do not like to work with my coworker because he is lazy. However, you have to give the devil his due. He usually gets the job done.
- to abandon or stop somethingI have decided to give up my plan to work in Hong Kong for a year.
give up the ghost
- to stop working, to dieMy old car finally gave up the ghost so I must buy a new one.
give up the ship
- to stop fighting, to stop trying or hoping to do something"Please don`t give up the ship and quit this company. You still have a useful role to play."
give voice to (one's feelings)
- to express what one feels or thinksThe man has begun to give voice to his feelings about his job.
give voice to (something)
- to put something into words, to express somethingThe small organization gives voice to the concerns of poor people in the city.
- to collapse, to failThe dam gave way and the water flooded the farmland below.
- something that is given away free, an act of giving something away, an unintential betrayal of a secret or repressed feeling or planOur supervisor's speech was a giveaway. Now, I know that he is planning to retire.
given to understand (something)
- to understand something plainly and clearlyI was given to understand that I could rent an apartment very cheaply in this area.
- to shake hands in a friendly wayThe politician likes to glad hand people at the shopping center.
gloss (something) over or gloss over (something)
- to try to make what is wrong or bad seem unimportant, to hide somethingThe accountant tried to gloss over the amount of money that the company lost last year.
glutton for punishment
- a person who likes difficult or unpleasant tasksMy friend is a glutton for punishment and he will always do the most difficult jobs available.
gnash one's teeth
- to grind one's teethI often gnash my teeth when I am sleeping.
The man was so angry that he gnashed his teeth.
go a few rounds with (someone)
- to fight with someoneMy friend went a few rounds with his boss yesterday. They had a big argument.
go a long way toward (something)
- to be almost enough, to contribute much to somethingThe money from the government will go a long way toward building a new library.
go about one's business
- to be busy or start working on somethingEverybody is going about their business again after the holidays.
go after (someone)
- to try to catch someoneThe police decided to go after the speeding cars near the school.
go after (something)
- to attempt to get something, to strive for somethingOur team will go after the championship again this year.
go against the grain
- to go against the natural direction or inclination of somethingThe man's unfriendly attitude goes against the grain of the usually friendly company.
- to move forwardThe cars could not go ahead very quickly.
go ahead (and do something)
- to proceed to do something, to continue with something"Let`s go ahead and start now. We can`t wait any longer."
go ahead (with something)
- to proceed to do something, to continue with somethingThe city plans to go ahead with the plan to build a new stadium.
go all out
- to use all of one's energy or resources for somethingWe plan to go all out for my sister's wedding.
- to move along, to continueThe man invents his stories as he goes along.
go along with (someone)
- to go with someone, to accompany someoneI plan to go along with my friend to the ice cream parlor.
go along with (someone or something)
- to agree with someone, to accept someone's decision or suggestionEverybody went along with my idea to have a party on the weekend.
- to become very excited, to behave in a crazy wayMy father went ape when he heard how much money I had spent.
- to have enough of something for the people who are presentWe did not have enough plates for everyone at the party.
go around (from place to place or person to person)
- to go from one place or person to anotherWe will go around to several shops until we find a cheap computer.
go around in circles
- to do something without making any progressMy friend is going around in circles and is not making any progress with his essay.
go around the bend
- to go crazyThe store manager seems to be going around the bend.
- to be led into error or wrongdoing (a person), to be mislaid (an object)The young boy went astray after spending time with the older boys.
My calculator has gone astray and I cannot find it.
go at it
- to fight or argue with someoneWhen I entered the room the two men were going at it loudly.
go at it hammer and tongs
- to fight or argue with great strength or energyThe couple go at it hammer and tongs every evening.
go at it tooth and nail
- to fight or argue with great strength or energyThe men were going at it tooth and nail when the police arrived.
go away empty-handed
- to depart with nothingThe boy went away empty-handed after he asked his father for money.
go back on one's word
- to break one's promiseMy supervisor went back on his word when he refused to give me a day off.
- to become rotten or badThe apples will go bad if they are not eaten soon.
- to go crazy, to become silly, to become angryThe father went bananas after he discovered that his son had taken the family car.
- to be unwanted or unusedMuch food went begging when fewer people than expected came to the dinner.
go belly up
- to become bankruptThe small computer company may go belly up soon.
- to lose all of one`s moneyThe company went broke and many people lost their jobs.
go by the book
- to follow the rules exactlyMost police officers go by the book when they arrest a criminal.
go cold turkey
- to stop doing something (usually a bad habit) suddenlyI decided to go cold turkey and quit smoking.
- to stop working or respondingThe batteries in my camera went dead yesterday.
The telephone often goes dead when I am talking to my mother.
go door to door
- to go from one house to another house in a neighborhood in order to sell something or for some other reasonThe salesman went door to door to sell his product.
go down fighting
- to continue to struggle until one is defeatedThe politician plans to go down fighting to try to keep his job.
go down in history
- to be remembered as an important historical eventThe concert will go down in history as the biggest in the world.
go down on bended knee
- to show a lot of emotion when you are asking someone for something, to act like a servantThe man had to go down on bended knee to ask for the job.
go down on one's knees
- to show a lot of emotion when you are asking someone for something, to act like a servantI was forced to go down on my knees and ask my supervisor for a holiday.
go down with the ship
- to continue with a project or company right until the end (often in a failing situation)My company may go bankrupt soon but I plan to stay and go down with the ship.
- to become worse and worseThe local economy has been going downhill for many years.
- to each pay for himself or herself (used for two or more people)The two young people always go Dutch when they go on a date.
go easy on (someone or something)
- to be kind or gentle with someone or somethingI asked my friend to go easy on my car when he borrowed it.
go for (an amount of money)
- to be sold at a certain priceThe new car is going for a lot of money.
go for broke
- to risk everything on one big effort, to try as hard as possible to do somethingWe are going for broke to try and win the new contract.
go for it
- to decide to do something in an enthusiastic way, to try for somethingWe decided to go for it and try to climb the mountain.
go for (something)
- to try to get something, to desire somethingI have decided to go for the new job at the computer center.
go from bad to worse
- to get worse, to deteriorateThings are going from bad to worse in our company.
- an ambitious person who works hard to become successfulMy friend is a go-getter. He works hard and is very successful.
go great guns
- to do something very fast or with great energyThe workers were going great guns when I saw them this morning.
- to share equallyWe decided to go halves on buying a new computer.
- to become damaged, to stop working properlyAt first, things were going well but later our plans began to go haywire.
- to behave wildlyThe little boys went hog-wild during the birthday party.
go in for (something)
- to choose something as one's particular interest, to occupy oneself with somethingMy friend is going to university and will go in for medicine.
Many of the students are going in for water sports recently.
go in one ear and out the other
- to hear something but then quickly forget itEverything that the teacher says goes in one ear and out the other for my friend.
go into detail
- to present and discuss the details of somethingThe lawyer refused to go into detail about his client's problems.
go into effect
- to become effective (a law or a rule), to start to functionThe new parking regulations will go into effect next week.
go into hiding
- to conceal oneself in a hiding place for a period of timeThe bank robbers went into hiding after the bank robbery.
go into hock
- to go into debtI do not want to go into hock in order to buy a new computer.
go into orbit
- to lose one`s temper, to become very angryThe bank manager went into orbit when he learned about the missing money.
go it alone
- to do something by oneselfNobody would help us so we had to go it alone with the project.
go jump in a lake
- to go away and quit bothering someoneMy friend wanted to borrow some money from me but I told her to go jump in a lake.
go like clockwork
- to progress in a regular and dependable wayEverything was going like clockwork when suddenly the lights went out.
- to explodeThe firecracker went off before I could put it down.
- to begin to ring or buzzThe fire alarm started to go off just as we entered the building.
go off half-cocked
- to act or speak without thinkingOur boss often goes off half-cocked when he is at a meeting.
go off on a tangent
- to suddenly start talking about or thinking about a totally new subjectThe speaker suddenly went off on a tangent and began to speak about something totally different.
go off (somewhere)
- to leave or depart for somewhereMy friend went off on a trip and did not say good-bye.
go off the deep end
- to become angry or emotionalThe man went off the deep end when he saw his picture in the paper.
go off the rails
- to no longer work as planned, to begin to behave in a strange and uncontrolled wayThe plan seemed to be very good at first but soon it began to go off the rails.
The man is acting very strange. He seems to be going off the rails.
go off without a hitch
- to proceed or be finished with no problemsThe opening of the new airport should go off without a hitch.
- to happenWe stopped to see what was going on at the accident.
- to continueThe game will probably go on for an hour after we leave.
- to talk for too longMy friend started to go on about his problems so I decided to leave.
- to be put on something, to fit on somethingThe top of the jar would not go on so I put it in the garbage.
go on a binge
- to do too much of somethingMy cousin went on a binge and ate four chocolate bars.
go on a diet
- to start a plan or program to decrease some foods in order to decrease one's weightI plan to go on a diet at the beginning of the year.
go on a rampage
- to rush around destroying thingsThe football fans went on a rampage and destroyed many things.
go on a splurge
- to spend much money extravagantlyWe went on a splurge last weekend and spent much money.
The woman plans to go on a splurge and buy some clothes.
go on and on
- to continue for a long timeThe man went on and on with his speech until finally I fell asleep.
go one`s own way
- to go or act the way one wantsMy friend plans to go his own way and start his own business next year.
- to stop burning, to stop functioningThe candle will probably go out after one hour.
The lights went out in the building last night.
- to leave one's home or workplaceI do not plan to go out tonight.
go out for (something)
- to try something (usually a sport)My friend is going out for rugby this year.
go out of fashion/style
- to become unfashionableStriped pants have recently gone out of fashion.
go out of one`s way
- to make an extra effortMy aunt went out of her way to help me when I visited her.
go out the window
- to be abandoned, to go out of effectThe school dress code went out the window when the new principal arrived.
go out with (someone)
- to go on a date with someone, to be dating someone
The man would like to go out with his classmate.
I have been going out with a woman from my hiking club for one year.
go over big with (someone)
- to be liked, to be successfulThe games went over big at the party.
go over like a lead balloon
- to fail, to do badlyMy idea for shorter working hours went over like a lead balloon at the meeting.
go over (someone's) head
- to be too difficult for someone to understandThe explanation of how to operate the machinery went over my head.
go over (someone's) head
- to go directly to someone's superior/boss/supervisorThe clerk was very rude so I decided to go over her head and talk to her supervisor.
go over (something)
- to examine or review somethingThe accountant will go over the numbers tomorrow.
We plan to go over the question tomorrow.
go over (something) with a fine-toothed comb
- to search through something very carefully (fine-tooth comb is also correct)We went over the room with a fine-toothed comb while looking for the earring.
go over well with (someone)
- to be liked, to be successfulI think that my idea will go over well with my friends.
go over with a bang
- to succeed in a spectacular wayThe opening ceremony went over with a bang and everybody was very happy.
- to do something in excessThe man went overboard with the birthday party preparations.
- to have a good futureThe young man will go places with his good looks and good education.
- to reach a very high price or levelThe price of gasoline has gone sky-high recently.
go so far as to say (something)
- to put something into wordsThe company president went so far as to say that he may be leaving very soon.
go (someone) one better
- to do something better than someone else, to do more than someoneI decided to go my friend one better and I bought a more expensive present for my girlfriend.
- to go to an event by oneself (without a date - usually used for men)I decided to go stag to the wedding.
go steady with (someone)
- to date one person regularly (not so common recently but at one time this expression was used often by teenagers)The two students have been going steady for three years.
- to become anxious because one is confined to a small spaceAfter many days of rain I began to go stir-crazy because I could not leave the house.
- to become an honest person, to lead an honest lifeThe man was in prison for two years but now he wants to go straight.
go the distance
- to do the whole amount of something, to finish somethingI was able to go the distance and finish my project without any help.
go the extra mile
- to do more than one is required to do to reach a goalI always try to go the extra mile and help my friends when they need help.
go the limit
- to do as much as possibleI plan to go the limit and try to get the job.
- to be approved, to pass, to be agreed uponThe new law will probably go through next week.
go through (an experience)
- to experience or suffer something, to live through somethingThe man went through some hard times after he lost his job.
go through changes
- to be involved in changing circumstancesThe woman has gone through many changes recently.
go through channels or go through the proper channels
- to use the proper procedures to do something (especially in a hierarchy or bureaucracy)We must go through the proper channels to get anything done with the city.
go through (someone)
- to have contact with someone (often to get permission or approval from someone with power or authority)Everybody has to go through the accountant to get money for his or her expenses.
go through (something)
- to examine something carefully, to search carefully for somethingThe police went through the house to look for a weapon.
I plan to go through my old clothes and give some of them to my friend.
go through (something)
- to discuss something, to look at something, to do somethingThe teacher will go through the questions after the test.
go through (something)
- to use something completely, to spend or waste moneyThe man went through his savings very quickly.
We only had a small amount of cooking oil and we went through it very quickly.
go through the mill
- to experience a difficult situationMy friend has gone through the mill with her many recent problems.
go through the motions
- to do something insincerelyThe manager went through the motions of apologizing but he was not sincere.
go through the roof
- to go very highThe price of oil is going through the roof.
go through (trouble or something)
- to endure something, to experience somethingI had to go through much trouble to get my new passport.
go through with (something)
- to finish something, to do something as planned or agreedMy friend has decided to go through with his plans to finish university.
go to any length
- to do whatever is necessaryThe man will go to any length to get what he wants.
go to bat for (someone)
- to support or help someoneI will always go to bat for my friend when he has a problem at work.
go to one`s head
- to become conceitedThe man's new position has gone to his head and he will not speak to us now.
go to pieces
- to lose one's self-controlThe woman went to pieces when she learned about her father`s death.
go to pot
- to deteriorateOur business has gone to pot since the new manager came.
go to rack and ruin
- to reach a very bad state of repairThe building has gone to rack and ruin since the new owners bought it.
go to seed
- to become worn-out or uncared forThe area around the post office is going to seed.
go to (someone's) head
- to make someone too proudThe girl won the beauty contest and now it has gone to her head.
go to the dogs
- to deteriorate, to become badMany things in our city have gone to the dogs during the last ten years.
go to the ends of the earth/world to do something
- to do everything possible in order to achieve/do something, to go to the most distant place on earthI went to the ends of the earth to try and find the part for my computer.
The man will go to the ends of the world to help his friends.
go to the expense (of doing something)
- to pay the cost of doing somethingWe had to go to the expense of buying a new tent for camping.
go to the trouble (of doing something)
- to make an extra effort to do somethingMy aunt went to the trouble of buying a new bed for her guests.
go to town
- to work fast or hard, to do something with much energyWe went to town last night and finished painting the bedroom.
go to waste
- to be wasted, to be unusedI did not want the extra food to go to waste so I invited my friend to visit.
go toe-to-toe (with someone)
- to be in close and direct confrontation or competition with someone, to be in close combat with someoneThe two men went toe-to-toe in their debate.
The wrestlers went toe-to-toe for the championship.
- to look or sound or taste good togetherThe red paint and the green sofa do not go together in the apartment.
go too far
- to do more than is acceptableThe man went too far when he accused his boss of lying.
- to failThe small company went under after only a few months in business.
go under the knife
- to have surgeryMy father will go under the knife on Monday.
- to increaseThe price for gasoline has just gone up.
- to be constructedMany new buildings are going up in our city.
go up in flames/smoke
- to burn or be destroyed by fire, to fail, to not come true (dreams)The waiter's plans to open a new restaurant went up in smoke after he lost his job.
go up to (someone or something)
- to approach someone or somethingThe boy was too shy to go up to the man to ask him a question.
go whole hog
- to do everything possibleWe plan to go whole hog to make the party successful.
go with (something)
- to go well with something, to match somethingMy green shirt does not go with my red hat.
go with (something)
- to choose one thing rather than anotherWe decided to go with the small rental car rather than the big one.
go with the flow
- to proceed in an easy manner to do what others are doingI usually go with the flow and never disagree with my friends.
go without (something)
- to manage to survive or do well without somethingWe had to go without water for two days in our apartment.
go without saying
- to be so easy to understand that it does not have to be mentionedThe man is a hard worker so it goes without saying that his boss is very happy with him.
- to failThings began to go wrong soon after our camping trip began.
goes to show
- something serves to prove a pointThe man's success goes to show that hard work will lead to success.
(have something) going for you
- to be or have something as an advantageThe woman should do very well as she has many things going for her.
- the current rateThe going rate for carpenters is very high and it will cost much money to build the house.
gold mine of information
- someone or something that is full of informationThe woman is a gold mine of information and she is very valuable to her company.
- an excellent and rare opportunityThe hot weather was a golden opportunity for the ice cream seller to make money.
- a wife who is left alone much of the time because her husband is playing golfThe woman is a golf widow. Her husband is always playing golf.
gone but not forgotten
- to be gone or dead but still rememberedOur grandfather is gone but not forgotten.
gone to meet one's maker
- to be deadThe car accident was terrible and the driver has gone to meet his maker.
gone with the wind
- to be goneThe woman is gone with the wind and we will probably never see her again.
- a product of good quality and a cheap priceYou can usually get a good deal on stereos at that discount store.
a good deal of (something)
- much of something, a lot of somethingWe have a good deal of paint remaining after painting the room.
- to be worthlessThe man is a good-for-nothing and lazy worker.
- used to show surprise (good or bad)"Good grief! It`s 6:00 and I still have not finished this job."
good old days
- earlier times which everyone remembers as being better than the presentIn the good old days people could buy a house easier than today.
- used to express happiness when you lose or break something that you do not like or want, used when someone who you don't like leavesI said good riddance when my old computer stopped working and I had to buy a new one.
good riddance to bad rubbish
- used to show that you are happy that someone or something has been taken or sent away"Good riddance to bad rubbish! I don't like him and I am glad that he is gone."
- a person who loses a competition or game without complainingMy friend is a good sport and he never complains about losing.
- to be able to get along well with each otherThe couple are good together and nobody has ever seen them argue.
- to waste time, to fool around, to not work or be seriousThe boy has been goofing off all afternoon and has not done any work.
- to make a mistake, to perform badlyThe boy goofed up during his performance.
(one's) goose is cooked
- one has been discovered to have done something wrong and is now in trouble, one is finished, one's chances are ruinedI told a lie to my company. Now my goose is cooked and I am in much trouble.
- the undeniable truthThe man told the gospel truth during the trial.
got a thing going (with someone)
- engaged in an activity with someone (in romance or business)The man has got a thing going with his neighbor.
grab a bite (to eat)
- to get something to eatWe stopped at a small restaurant to grab a bite to eat.
grace (someone or something) with one's presence
- to honor someone or something by being presentThe Queen graced the opening of the hospital with her presence.
grain of truth
- a small amount of truth (a grain is a small piece of sand etc. or a single seed of rice or wheat etc.)There was not a grain of truth in what the man said.
grand slam home run
- a home run in baseball when there are three players on the bases (the bases are loaded) and therefore four runs are scoredMy favorite player got a grand slam home run last night.
grasp at straws
- to try something with little hope of successThe man is grasping at straws with his weak excuse for his bad behavior.
grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)
- a place or situation that is far away or different seems better than one's present situationMy cousin is always changing jobs because she thinks that the grass is always greener on the other side.
grate on (someone's) nerves
- to annoy or bother someoneThe woman's singing is beginning to grate on my nerves.
- a job that gives one much money compared with what you doThe cleaning contract was a gravy train. We worked for three hours but we got paid for eight hours.
- something difficult to define or put into a particular category, something that is not clearSome of the legal issues were in a gray area.
grease (someone`s) palm
- to pay money to someone for some special favorWe had to grease the border guard`s palm in order to enter the country.
- a small and cheap eating place with basic but not great foodWe went to a greasy spoon for breakfast because the other restaurants were closed.
a great deal of (something)
- much or a lot of somethingThere was a great deal of water in our house after the flood.
greatest thing since sliced bread
- the best thing that there ever wasThe new digital camera is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- to be inexperienced or immatureThe new employee is green and does not know his job very well.
green around the gills
- to look sickMy colleague was looking a little green around the gills when he came to work today.
a green thumb
- the skill to make plants growThe man has a green thumb and has a very beautiful garden.
green with envy
- to be very jealous, to be full of envyThe little girl was green with envy when she saw her friend`s new bicycle.
grin and bear it
- to endure something unpleasant with good humorI have to grin and bear it when my supervisor becomes angry with me.
grin like a Cheshire cat
- to grin or smile broadlyThe little boy was grinning like a Cheshire cat when he entered the room.
grind to a halt
- to slow down and stop (like a machine when it is turned off)The city ground to a halt when the electric power was off.
grist for the mill
- something that can be used for one's advantageThe information was grist for the mill of the salesman.
grit one's teeth
- to grind one's teeth together in anger or determination or reluctanceI grit my teeth and phoned my father to ask if I could borrow some money.
gross out (someone) or gross (someone) out
- to make someone sick or disgustedThe movie was very violent and grossed out my sister.
- the first or best chance (especially in a business)The video store was a good investment and I was happy to get in on the ground floor.
- to take away someone's privileges (usually used for teenagers)The girl was grounded by her parents because she came home late too often.
grounds for (something)
- the basis or reason for legal action or a complaintThe fact that the man stole the money was grounds for his dismissal from the company.
grow on (someone)
- to become acceptable to someone or liked by someoneAt first, I did not like the strange music but now it is beginning to grow on me.
grow out of (something)
- to abandon something as one matures or becomes olderThe little boy is beginning to grow out of his baby chair.
grow to do/like (something)
- to gradually begin to do something or like someone or somethingI am growing to like the people who live next door to me.
The girl is growing to do her homework much better than before.
- hard and thankless workI am often forced to do the grunt work at my company.
guard against (someone or something)
- to take care to avoid someone or somethingWhen we go to the beach we must guard against the hot sun.
guard one's tongue
- to be careful of what one saysI have to guard my tongue when I am speaking with my friend's parents.
guest of honor
- the special person for whom a party or ceremony is heldMy father was the guest of honor at the company banquet.
gulp for air
- to desperately try to get some air or a breathThe man began gulping for air after he fell into the lake.
- to cause something not to work, to make something go wrongThe computer printer became gummed up as I was trying to print my resume.
gun for (someone)
- to look hard for a chance to harm or defeat someoneMy supervisor has been gunning for me for a long time and I do not know why.
gun for (something)
- to try very hard to get a prize or promotion etc.I have been gunning for the sales job for a long time.
- to be enthusiastic, to be full of eagernessMy friend is gung-ho about her new job at the library.
- a personal or intuitive feeling or responseI had a gut feeling that my friend would not get the job that he wanted.
gyp (someone) out of (something)
- to cheat someoneThe woman at the store gypped the man out of some money.