|Learning English - The Flatmates|
like a bull in a china shop
be clumsy or careless when you should be or behave carefully
I told him it was a very sensitive meeting but he just went in like a bull in a china shop, asking about their prices and how much profit they were going to make.
take the bull by the horns
do something difficult in a brave and determined way
You need to take the bull by the horns and talk to him about his behaviour.
like a red rag to a bull
be certain to make someone angry or react violently to something you say or do
Don't smoke in her house. She hates smoking - it's like a red rag to a bull.
a time when price of stocks and shares are rising
This isn't a good time to invest in stocks and shares. It's a bull market now because unemployment and inflation are high.
a bull's eye
the circular centre of the object which you aim at in games like darts, shooting or archery
She's good at darts. She usually gets a bull's eye in every game she plays.
move along a route or line that includes a lot of twists or bends
Everyone one wanted to be first in the shop when the sale started. The queue snaked all around the building.
something worthless or useless that someone tries to sell you
She uses all sorts of lotions and potions on her face. I don't know why she bothers. It's just a load of snake oil.
snakes and ladders
a board game with squares. Some squares have pictures of ladders or snakes. If you come to a square with a ladder, you move up some squares. If you come to a square with a snake, you have to go down some squares.
not completely legal, true or right
I don't know why I don't believe him but there's something fishy about him. I just don't trust him.
fish for compliments
try to make someone say something nice or complimentary about you or your abilities
His paintings were really nothing special. But he kept asking me what I thought of different famous artists. He was really fishing for compliments.
have bigger fish to fry
have more important things to think about or deal with
Now that she's been promoted she doesn't have any time for us. She's got bigger fish to fry.
amazing or unbelievable stories
I'm going to have to let you go
I'm going to be forced to sack you (fire you from this job)
remove or dismiss someone from his or her job
a piece of clothing you wear over your clothes to protect them while you are cooking (or doing something that might get your own clothes dirty)
You'll be laughing on the other side of your face
Although you are pleased now, you won't be pleased later when things don't happen as you expect them to