13/12/16 Useful Idioms (Part 2)

Useful Idioms (Part 2)

Can’t judge a book by its cover
Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.

Caught between two stools
When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.

Costs an arm and a leg
This idiom is used when something is very expensive.

Cross that bridge when you come to it
Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.

Cry over spilt milk
When you complain about a loss from the past.

Curiosity killed the cat
Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.

Cut corners
When something is done badly to save money.

Cut the mustard

[possibly derived from “cut the muster”]
To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate.

Devil’s Advocate
To present a counter argument.

Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.

Don’t give up the day job
You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Drastic times call for drastic measures
When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.

Elvis has left the building
The show has come to an end. It’s all over.

Every cloud has a silver lining
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

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