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TIL English Idiom Collection

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Collected from various sources by U Kyaw Tun (UKT), M.S. (I.P.S.T., U.S.A.), and staff of TIL (Tun Institute of Learning, http://www.tuninst.net ) for staff and students of TIL Computing and Language Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Not for sale.

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G01 gab gadzooks game for anything game one game over Gang of Four gang up on garage kept gas gash gathering dust gear up gee gee willickers gee whiz geek geez geezer geezer gap Generation X

 

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gab

From Magnuson
gab --
gash Internet link gab

gab -- talk, visit, flap your gums
Mom and Maria were gabbing as they played cribbage.

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gadzooks

From Magnuson
gadzooks --
amazing, holy Moses, wow
"Bev had triplets!" "Gadzooks! How did that happen?"

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game for anything

From Magnuson
game for anything --
ready to try anything, a game one, gung ho
If you're going to the moon, I'll go. I'm game for anything.

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game one

From Magnuson
game one --
(See a game one)

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game over

From Magnuson
game over --
finished, complete; the chance is gone
If you've signed the contract, it's game over. You can't change it.

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Gang of Four

From Magnuson
Gang of Four --
any group of four people that causes trouble or intimidates citizens
A member of the Gang of Four just phoned to complain about the English signs in our town.
     Political phrase originating in China: Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao, Wang Hongwen and Yao Wenyuan were prominent members of the Communist party and leading forces in the Cultural Revolution (1965-1976). After Mao's death in 1976, the Gang of Four was tried and sentenced to death. The sentence was subsequently reduced to 20 years in prison.

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gang up on

From Magnuson
gang up on --
several go against one, many fight one
Three boys ganged up on Willie and knocked him down.

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garage kept

From Magnuson
garage kept --
in good condition, kept in a garage when not in use
This car has been garage kept. The body's excellent.

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gas

From Magnuson
gas --
a lot of fun, a great party or show, have a blast
We had a great time at Ollen's party. It was a gas!

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gash

From Magnuson
gash --
girls, broads, chicks, lovelies
We can't have a party without gash. Let's phone some girls.

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gathering dust

From Magnuson
gathering dust
-- Generation X Internet link gathering dust

gathering dust -- not being used, sitting on a shelf, collecting dust
That old coffee tray has been gathering dust for years.

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gear up

From Magnuson
gear up --
prepare, get ready, find equipment and supplies
After we print this manual we have to gear up for a novel.

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gee

From Magnuson
gee --
oh, well, gosh, wow
Gee! What happened to your hair? Did you cut it yourself?

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gee willickers

From Magnuson
gee willickers --
oh, golly, gosh
"Gee willickers!" Linda said, legs crossed and eyes bulging, "Are you still in the bathroom!?"

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gee whiz

From Magnuson
gee whiz --
golly gee, gosh darn, aw shucks
Gee whiz, Miss Julie. I'd never do anything to hurt you.

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geek

From Magnuson
geek --
strange person, scholar, book worm, nerd
Allan reads a lot and stays by himself. He's kind of a geek.

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geez

From Magnuson
geez --
darn, gee whiz, gosh
Geez, I hate mosquitoes!

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geezer

From Magnuson
geezer --
old man, old person, old coot
On one street there was an old geezer begging for money.

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geezer gap

From Magnuson
geezer gap --
the differences between people aged 60 and 80
The word senior includes everyone in the geezer gap.

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Generation X

From Magnuson
Generation X --
people born in the 1970s; a generation that wanted to change the work ethic
Generation X said that the jobs disappeared as they graduated from high school and university.

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G03. get a bang out of -- get a laugh Internet link get a bang out of

get a bang out of -- enjoy, have fun, get a kick out of
Ms. Lau gets a bang out of playing bingo. She loves bingo.

get a charge out of -- enjoy, is amused by
Ming gets a charge out of Pam's memos. They're humorous.

get a fix -- use some drugs; a hit
He'll shake until he gets a fix. He's addicted to heroin.

get a fix on -- calculate, determine, figure out
We should get a fix on the office expenses - the total per month.

get a grip -- be realistic, be serious, get serious
You expect to get A's without studying? Get a grip!

get a grip on yourself -- control yourself, do not be so emotional
When he cried, she said, "Get a grip on yourself, Dear."

get a handle on -- understand, find out about
We have to get a handle on the parking problem - get the facts.

get a hold of -- talk to, phone
I tried to get a hold of Pierre when I was in Montreal.

get a kick out of -- get some enjoyment, laugh, get a bang out of
I get a kick out of the way he skates. He's fun to watch.

get a laugh -- cause people to laugh
Your jokes always get a laugh.

G04. get a life -- get ahead Internet link get a life

get a life -- change your lifestyle, get it together, get with it
He never goes out - just stays at home and watches TV. I wish he would get a life!

get a lift -- get a ride, catch a ride
I can get a lift with Brian. He's driving to Moncton.

get a load of that -- look at that, check that out, feast your eyes
When Marilyn stepped out of the taxi, he said, "Get a load of that!"

get a move on -- go quickly, vamoose
We're late! Let's get a move on!

get a rise -- get an answer, get a response
Can you get a rise out of him? He doesn't answer me.

get a shot -- get a needle from a doctor
You are sick. Maybe you should get a shot of penicillin.

get a shot at -- shoot at, see the target you want to shoot at
The buck was partly hidden. I couldn't get a shot at it.

get a ticket -- receive a note stating you parked or drove illegally
If you park your car on the sidewalk, you'll get a ticket.

get after -- scold, lecture, give you hell [B]
Mom got after us for smoking. She told us it was a bad habit.

get ahead -- make progress, succeed
Do you want to get ahead in this world? Do you want to succeed?

G05. get along -- get axed Internet link get along

get along -- co-operate, give and take
Joey gets along with everybody. He is very co-operative.

get along -- cope, live, manage
I don't know how I'll get along without you. How will I manage?

get along -- go, do not stay here
Get along now. Go home, please.

get around -- visit friends and places, socialize
With a full-time job and three kids, I don't get around much.

get around it -- avoid rules or laws, find a way around
You must obtain a business license. You can't get around it.

get around to -- do, work at, complete
I haven't got around to calling him yet. I haven't had time.

get at -- suggest, imply
When you said I was slow, what were you getting at?

get at it -- do it, get busy, get to it
Well, this work has to be done. Let's get at it.

get away with -- not obey the rules, not get caught
He gets away with speeding, but the police will soon catch him.

get axed -- be fired, be dismissed
He got axed for stealing funds.

G06. get back at -- get cold feet Internet link get back at

get back at -- return an insult, get revenge
If you don't apologize, he'll get back at you. He's quite angry.

get bageled -- lose without scoring, get skunked, be shutout
We got bageled. They beat us 11-0!

get blood from a stone -- do an impossible task, beat your head against...
You'll get blood from a stone before you get money from Ed.

get burned -- be caught, get blamed, get into trouble
I got burned for helping Bev with her divorce. They blamed me.

get busy -- begin to work, start to do, get at it
Get busy and cut the grass before your father comes home.

get by/scrape by -- have just enough money, make do
I can get by on very little money, if necessary. I can be frugal.

get carried away -- become too emotional, go overboard, go too far
When the kids play hockey, their parents get carried away, yelling at the referees and fighters.

get caught -- found doing something, caught in the act
Did Vi get caught driving without a license? Did she get a ticket?

get caught up -- do unfinished work, learn what you missed
I have to get caught up on my studies. I missed two classes.

get cold feet -- cancel a plan, renege, back out, jam
They'll be married next week; that is, if Jack doesn't get cold feet.

G07. get down to brass tacks -- get her way Internet link get down to brass tacks

get down to brass tacks -- become serious about it, knuckle down
As soon as I'm feeling better I'll get down to brass tacks.

get down to business -- work seriously, not waste time or effort
"Let's get down to business," he said. "We have much to do."

get even -- do the same thing to someone, get back at
When he loses a game, he wants to get even. He wants to win.

get fingered -- be accused, be blamed
He got fingered for taking the money because he had the key.

get fresh -- act in a sexual way, come onto her
When he's had a few drinks, he tries to get fresh with me.

get-go -- (See from the get-go)

get going -- go, start moving, get lost
When I stopped to rest, he said, "Get going. Get out of here."

get good wood on -- shoot the puck hard, hit the ball squarely
Clark got good wood on that shot, but he missed the net.

get hell [B] -- receive a scolding, catch hell [B], get it
He got hell for breaking a glass. Mrs. Fisk told him he was bad.

get her way -- get her choice, have her opinion rule, get your way
If she got her way as a child, she'll try to do whatever she wants as your wife.

G08. get high -- get into her pants [B] Internet link get high

get high -- feel good, have a special feeling
I get a natural high from jogging. I feel happy and free.

get him back -- get revenge, get back at
Lyle wants to get me back for seeing Betty. He's jealous.

get home -- arrive at home, come home
I'm going to bed when I get home. I'm sleepy.

get in deeper -- cause you more trouble, dig yourself in
Telling another lie will only get you in deeper - make it worse.

get in my face -- confront me, stand in front of me
When I try to talk to Jodi, her boyfriend gets in my face.

get in on it -- benefit from it, take advantage of it
Baymart is having a half-price sale, and I want to get in on it.

get in on the ground floor -- be there at the start, be one of the first people to invest or be hired
If I get in on the ground floor at MING'S, I'll advance quickly.

get in shape -- exercise until you are physically fit, work out
If you want to play soccer this year, you better get in shape.

get in your hair -- (See in your hair)

get into her pants [B] -- have sex with her, lay her[B]
He wants to get into her pants, but she won't let him.

G09. get into trouble -- get laid [B] Internet link get into trouble

get into trouble -- do bad things, break the law
When he's with the Subway Gang he gets into trouble. He's bad.

get it -- understand, know what is funny
"Get it? Do you get the joke?" "Yes. Ha ha. Ha ha ha."

get it -- be scolded or punished, get hell [B]
I really got it for taking my brother's car. He was furious.

get it off your chest -- talk about a problem, complain
He can get it off his chest at the meeting. He can complain there.

get it on -- kiss and hug in a sexual way, make out
The phone rang just when they were getting it on.

get it over with -- do it quickly, finish it before it becomes worse
"If you want a divorce," he said, "let's get it over with."

get it straight -- understand it, catch on, figure out
She doesn't know the difference between boys and girls. I hope she soon gets it straight.

get it together -- become organized, be effective
I'll get it together this term. I'll improve my grades.

get it together -- get a well-balanced life; become happy, successful
She's getting it together. She's trying to live a meaningful life.

get laid [B] -- have sex, get her/him into bed
Most guys take you out expecting to get laid, right?

G10. get lost -- get off on Internet link get lost

get lost -- go, leave, beat it
They told me to get lost, to go home to Mommy.

get mad -- become angry or cross, lose your cool
When she gets mad, I leave the house. She has a bad temper.

get me down -- cause me to feel negative; to feel down
What gets me down is the way government wastes our money.

get my drift -- understand my meaning, dig me
I don't think of you as a sister, if you get my drift.

get my kicks -- get my enjoyment, have my fun
I get my kicks from coaching kids' teams. I enjoy doing that.

get off -- not have to pay, not be convicted, get out of
If he's guilty, how did he get off? Why isn't he in prison?

get off a few good ones -- tell a few jokes, say a few funny lines
When Rob spoke at our wedding he got off a few good ones.

get off my back -- stop criticizing me, get off my case
If he criticizes you again, tell him to get off your back.

get off my case -- stop criticizing me, check up on
I told the manager to get off my case - to stop criticizing me.

get off on -- like to do, enjoy
He gets off on bowling. He loves to knock over those pins.

G11. get off the ground -- get on your horse Internet link get off the ground

get off the ground -- succeed at first, begin successfully
For a new product to get off the ground, you need about $5000.

get off to a good start -- begin with success, start with confidence
In Math 201, it's important to get off to a good start.

get off your high horse -- do not act like you are better than everyone else
Colin acts so superior! Tell him to get off his high horse.

get off your soap box -- stop preaching to us, don't be such a crusader
When Todd made a presentation on corporate charity, one of his co-workers said, "Get off your soap box, Todd!"

get on in years -- getting older, over the hill
When Mother broke her hip, she was 77 - getting on in years.

get on it -- do it now, get at it, get to it
Mr. Jarvis wants his car repaired by noon, so let's get on it.

get on my good side -- (See on my good side)

get on my nerves -- bother or irritate me, bug me
Her questions get on my nerves. They're too personal.

get on with it -- continue working or speaking
When I paused, he said, "Get on with it. Tell the rest of it."

get on your horse -- move, get started, get a move on
Get on your horse or you'll be late for work. It's nearly 8!

G12. get out -- get real Internet link get out

get out -- I do not believe it, you're kidding
Your father played hockey with Bobby Orr? Get out!

get out of -- avoid doing, not have to do
You can get out of gym class if you say you have a headache.

get out of my face -- go away, I am sick of you
I didn't ask for your advice. Get out of my face!

get out of the road -- move, do not stand there
"Get out of the road!" he yelled as he rode his bike down the hill.

get out of town -- you are mistaken, do not expect us to believe you
You saw a Martian? Get outa town! I don't believe it.

get out of your hair -- leave, not bother you, get lost
Let me ask one more question; then I'll get out of your hair.

get over -- move, let me sit beside you, move over
Hey, get over! I was sitting here!

get over -- travel, go to visit
We hope to get over to the island when we go to Vancouver.

get over -- forget, stop worrying about
We can help her get over the accident by listening to her.

get real -- try to see what is really happening, get serious
He wants five million dollars to play hockey? Tell him to get real.

G13. get reamed out -- get the finger [B] (get the bird) Internet link get reamed out

get reamed out -- (See ream out)

get revenge -- hurt someone who hurt you, get even, pay him back
Do you want to get revenge, or do you want to discuss the problem and forgive him.

get rid of -- discard, throw away, do away with
First, we have to get rid of the money. Where can we hide it?

get rolling -- move, go, drive away
If you have to be home by noon, we should get rolling.

get screwed -- receive unfair treatment, ripped off, taken in
I got screwed when I bought this condo. I paid too much for it.

get serious -- do not joke, be serious, pay attention
When we discussed water safety he told us to get serious.

get shit [B] -- get a scolding or a lecture, catch it, get hell [B]
He got shit for drinking beer in school. The principal was mad.

get something out of -- learn from, benefit from
We always get something out of her class. We learn something.

get the drop on -- be quicker to start, get the jump on
Stu's very quick. In faceoffs, he gets the drop on his opponents.

get the finger [B] (get the bird) -- get a bad sign, see the middle finger
Bad drivers get the finger when they cut in front of Randy.

G14. get the green light -- get the wrinkles out Internet link get the green light

get the green light -- get approval, it's a go
Don't start construction until we get the green light from the City.

get the hang of -- learn to do, know the first steps
I'm getting the hang of algebra. I can solve the easy problems.

get the jitters -- become nervous, begin to shake
When I get up to speak, I get the jitters and I can't think clearly.

get the jump on -- start faster than the others, quick on the draw
Ben got the jump on the other runners. He led by one stride.

get the lay of the land -- check the conditions, size up the situation
Before I sell insurance in a town, I like to get the lay of the land.

get the lead out -- move faster, hurry, move it, shake a leg
The coach told me to get the lead out - to get moving.

get the picture -- understand, see the way it is
After Jack explained his plan, he said, "Get the picture?"

get the point -- understand the idea or the message
Did you get the point of his talk? What was the main idea?

get the word out -- tell the message, spread the word
The easiest way for us to get the word out is on the Internet.

get the wrinkles out -- improve, revise
When they get the wrinkles out of the electric car, I'll buy one.

G15. get this monkey off my back -- get together Internet link get this monkey off my back

get this monkey off my back -- stop a bad habit, be rid of a problem or hang-up
I have to get this monkey off my back. I have to stop gambling.

get this show on the road -- begin to do something, get down to business, get rolling
After a lot of talk about how to drill a well, the boss said, "Let's get this show on the road."

get this straight -- understand what is said, get the picture
Let me get this straight. You say there's a moose in your bathtub?

get to first base -- do the first step, complete the first stage
He was hoping for a kiss, but he didn't get to first base.

get to it -- do it now, do not delay, get to the point
After listening to her babble for awhile, I said, "Please get to it."

get to me -- bother me, bug me
The sound of the fan gets to me. It's too loud.

get to the bottom of -- get the facts, find the cause
Did you get to the bottom of the problem? What is the cause?

get to the point -- say what is important, come to the point
When answering questions, get to the point. Be direct and brief.

get to the root of the problem -- find the cause, get to the bottom of
We got to the root of the problem. The children are afraid of the dog.

get together -- come to visit, have you over
We should get together at Easter. Would you like to visit us?

G16. get under my skin -- get you down Internet link get under my skin

get under my skin -- bother me, bug me, get to me
Don't let Bob's teasing get under your skin. Don't let it bother you.

get-up -- clothes, strange clothing, weird costume
A vest with jogging pants! Are you going out in that get-up?

get up a head of steam -- generate enough power to move, get up to speed
If I get up a head of steam, I can knock down the door.

get-up-and-go -- energy, vitality
I feel so lazy. I have no get-up-and-go.

get up on the wrong side of bed -- be grouchy or cranky, get off to a bad start
Did you get up on the wrong side of bed? Are you in a bad mood?

get wind of -- hear about, find out about
Did she get wind of our plan? Does she know about it?

get with it -- become aware, learn how, in the know
Leni, a friend at work, told me to get with it or I'd lose my job.

get worked up -- feel upset, become angry
He gets worked up about unions. He hates protests and strikes.

get you back -- (See get back at)

get you down -- cause you to feel sad, cause you to be down
Do Mondays get you down? Do you hate going back to work?

G17. get your act together -- get your head together Internet link get your act together

get your act together -- become organized, get it together
Bill is getting his act together. He's not late anymore.

get your attention -- cause you to be aware of, catch your eye
When Marylou walked by, that got your attention.

get your back up -- become upset, get mad
Tim gets his back up when you criticize his work. Be careful.

get your buns over here -- come here quickly, on the double
Wade, get your buns over here and sign your name.

get your dander up -- annoy or bother you, bug you
Do barking dogs get your dander up? Does barking irritate you?

get your ears pinned back -- (See ears pinned back)

get your feet wet -- try to do it, attempt it, try your hand at
To become a lawyer, learn the theory; then get your feet wet.

get your goat -- annoy you, bug you, get to me
Don't let Jason get your goat. He teases everybody.

get your head out of the clouds -- be more realistic, come down to earth, get real
You can dream at home, but please get your head out of the clouds when you come to work.

get your head together -- begin to think clearly, get your act together
I need a holiday to get my head together - to think clearly again.

G18. get your hopes up -- get your wires crossed Internet link get your hopes up

get your hopes up -- cause you to be hopeful, pin your hopes on
Now don't get your hopes up, but I plan to appeal your conviction.

get your jollies -- (See get your kicks)

get your kicks -- enjoy yourself, have fun
How do you get your kicks? Do you sing? Dance? Travel?

get your knuckles rapped -- be punished, get hell, get shit [B]
If I forget to register my guns, I'll get my knuckles rapped.

get your mind around -- understand, comprehend, wrap your mind around
He explained DNA, but I can't get my mind around it.

get your shirt in a knot/ get your shit in a knot [B] -- want to hurry or rush, hurry up
If we asked Pop to hurry, he'd say, "Don't get your shirt in a knot!"

get your shit together [B] -- become organized, make a plan and follow it
A counselor can help you get your shit together. Talk to one.

get your tits in a wringer -- cause trouble for yourself, get into trouble
If there's hash in your suitcase you could get your tits in a wringer.

get your way -- do what you want to do, have it your way
You used to get your way with Mom and Dad. They trusted you.

get your wires crossed -- get the wrong meaning, communicate poorly
We got our wires crossed. I said someday, and you heard Sunday!

G19. get yours -- give 110% Internet link get yours

get yours -- be hurt, get hit or injured
After the fight he said, "You'll get yours! Just wait!"

get yours -- be hurt, get hit or injured
After the fight he said, "You'll get yours! Just wait!"

getting on in years -- (See get on in years)
Loud rock music came from a ghetto blaster on the steps.

ghetto blaster -- portable radio, boom box
Loud rock music came from a ghetto blaster on the steps.

gibberish -- nonsense, bafflegab, bunk
Did he say disregardless? I wish he wouldn't talk gibberish!

gift of the gab (gift of gab) -- (See the gift of the gab)

gild the lily -- decorate a beautiful object, improve a work of art
Decorating that Scotch pine would be gilding the lily.

gimme a break -- do not tell me to do that, that is unreasonable
You expect me to spell every word correctly. Gimme a break!

girl Friday -- girl employee who does a variety of office jobs
Jan is our girl Friday. She does the important jobs in our office.

git -- go, leave, get going, get lost
When our cat dug in his flower garden, he said, "Git! Go on!"

give 110% -- work harder than required, do more than asked
If we want to win this game, everyone has to give 110%.

G20. give a black eye -- give her Internet link give a black eye

give a black eye -- cause a loss of respect for a person or organization, pride goeth before a fall
When a priest is convicted of sexual assault, it gives the Catholic Church a black eye.

give a damn / give a shit / give a fuck [B] -- care about, don't give a damn, give a hoot
Look at his hair. He doesn't give a damn about his appearance.

give a hoot -- care; show interest, show concern
The problem with Julio is that he doesn't give a hoot about family.

give a little -- be flexible, do not be so firm
When you discuss the divorce terms, try to give a little.

give a shit [B] -- care, feel interest or concern, don't give a damn
Sometimes I wonder if you give a shit - about anything!

give an arm and a leg -- give a lot, pay a lot, give my eye teeth
She'd give an arm and a leg to have her baby back.

give an inch -- concede a little bit, compromise, let up
We asked Dad to change his rule, but he wouldn't give an inch.

give and take -- win and lose, give something to get something
Marriage works on a give-and-take basis - more give than take.

give head [B] -- give oral sex to a man, perform fellatio
Can you catch AIDS from giving head?

give her -- use more power, give it all you've got
If the foreman wants us to work faster, he yells, "Give 'er!"

G21. give her credit -- give in Internet link give her credit

give her credit -- say that she helped or contributed
Give Jane credit for staying with Tarzan all these years.

give her shit [B] -- try hard, play hard, go fast, give her
Give 'er shit, guys. We can beat this team.

give her the eye -- look at her with interest, come-on
At the school lunch table, Kevin would smile and give her the eye.

give him a taste of his own medicine -- do to him what he does, an eye for an eye
If Jim is sarcastic, give him a taste of his own medicine.

give him an inch and he'll take a mile -- give him a little freedom and he will take a lot
He lacks self-discipline. Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.

give him enough rope and he'll hang himself -- allow him enough freedom and he will hurt himself or be caught
If he's bad, give him enough rope and he'll hang himself. The police will stop him.

give him the brush-off -- turn away from someone, reject someone
When Don asked Jane for a date, she gave him the brush-off.

give him the evil eye -- look fierce or evil, stare in a bad way
When I testified in court, the prisoner gave me the evil eye.

give him the slip -- leave him, ditch him
We gave him the slip while he was in the washroom.

give in -- not try anymore, yield
Emily always gives in; she won't disagree with me.

G22. give it a rest -- give me a call Internet link give it a rest

give it a rest -- do not say that anymore, stop complaining
Give it a rest, eh. All you talk about is religion.

give it a whirl -- try to do something, try your hand at
When I saw the others dancing, I decided to give it a whirl.

give it all you've got -- try very hard, do all you can
When I say "push," give it all you've got.

give it the once-over -- look at it quickly, do a hasty job, a lick and a promise
We drove by the house and gave it the once-over. It looks nice!

give it to him -- lecture him or hit him, tell him off
If he touches me again, I'm really going to give it to him!

give it to me straight -- give me the facts, do not beat around the bush
"I have some bad news, man." "Tell me. Give it to me straight."

give it your best shot -- do the best you can, try your hardest
If you want to win, you have to give it your best shot.

give me a bad time -- tease me, bug me, give me a rough time (see give you a rough time)
I wish you wouldn't give me a bad time about my low grades.

give me a break -- give me a chance to win, gimme a break
When we play tennis, give me a break. Don't play your best.

give me a call -- phone me, ring me
I'll give you a call when I have a minute. I have your number.

G23. give me a dingle -- give my right arm Internet link give me a dingle

give me a dingle -- phone me, call me, give me a ring
Give me a dingle sometime. My number's in the phone book.

give me a hand -- help me, lend a hand
Please give me a hand with this math problem. I can't solve it.

give me a hint -- tell me part of the answer, say a word to help m
I can't guess the name of your new boyfriend. Give me a hint.

give me a lift -- give me a ride, pick you up
Can I give you a lift to school? Want to ride with me?

give me a lift -- give me a happy feeling, cause me to feel better
Pat's jokes give me a lift. When I laugh, I feel much better.

give me a ring -- phone me, call me, ring me
Give me a ring when you get home from work, eh.

give me the creeps -- cause me to feel scared or uncomfortable
Damon looks like a ghost. He gives me the creeps.

give me the third degree -- question me carefully, haul up on the carpet
The police ask a lot of questions. They give you the third degree.

give my eye teeth -- give something valuable, give my right arm
Does he like me? I'd give my eye teeth to know if he likes me.

give my right arm -- give something valuable, give my eye teeth
What a voice! I'd give my right arm to be able to sing like that.

G24. give no quarter -- give you a boost Internet link give no quarter

give no quarter -- not co-operate or concede, drive a hard bargain
When he negotiates a contract, he gives no quarter. He's firm.

give notice -- give a letter that says you are leaving or quitting
If I want to leave the position, I give them two weeks notice.

give off an odor -- smell, have an odor
After sitting in the sun, the dead fish gave off a strong odor.

give out -- break, stop operating, conk out
After three hours of steady use, the pump gave out. It just quit.

give them a hand -- clap your hands, applaud
Let's give them a hand, folks. They sang very well.

give them what for -- give them a lecture, scold them, give you hell
After the team lost a game, the coach gave 'em what for.

give up -- stop trying, not try any more
I give up. I can't remember who invented the telephone.

give up the blueline (hockey) -- let opponents cross the blueline before you check them
If we give up the blueline, they will get more shots on goal.

give up the ghost -- stop hoping after a long time
When will she give up the ghost? Her son has been gone for years.

give you a boost -- cause you to be confident, encourage you
Winning that award will give her a boost. It will encourage her.

G25. give you a hard time -- give you shit [B] Internet link give you a hard time

give you a hard time -- tease you, criticize you, a hassle you
Did the class give you a hard time about losing their papers?

give you a line -- tell you a false story, hand you a line
Don't believe him. He's giving you a line about being wealthy.

give you a ribbing -- tease you, bug you, give you a hard time
When I got stuck in the lake, my friends gave me a ribbing.

give you a rough time -- tease you, hassle you (see hassle me)
The players gave me a rough time about scoring on my own goalie.

give you a run for your money -- compete with you, try to defeat you
I'm not the best skier, but I'll give you a run for your money.

give you an out -- give you an excuse, allow you to beg off
You don't have to work. Your sore back will give you an out.

give you flack -- tell you what you did wrong, criticize you
He gave me flack for smoking in his car. The smell bothers him.

give you hell [B] -- lecture you, scold you, tie into you
She'll give you hell if you come late to her class, so be on time.

give you odds -- if I lose the bet, I pay you more money than you bet
I'll give you odds that Montreal will win. I'll bet $2; you bet $1.

give you shit [B] -- lecture you, be angry with you, give you hell
If you spend too much money he'll give you shit.

G26. give you static -- give your best Internet link give you static

give you static -- criticize what you did, give you flack
He gave me static for failing the exam. He said I can do better.

give you the axe -- fire you, dismiss you, get the axe (see get axed)
"Why did they give her the axe?" "For stealing company money."

give you the benefit... -- (See the benefit of the doubt)

give you the boot -- fire you, dismiss you, down the road
If you drink liquor at work, they'll give you the boot.

give you the cold shoulder -- be unfriendly toward you, turn away from you, stand away
If you forget her birthday she'll give you the cold shoulder.

give you the gears -- fool you, tease you, josh you, pull your leg
When Dad said you would have to pay for cleaning the carpet, he was giving you the gears.

give you the runaround -- (See the runaround)

give you the shirt off his back -- give you anything he owns to help you, bend over backwards
Christian is a compassionate person. He will give you the shirt off his back.

give you what for -- lecture you, give you hell
If you miss hockey practice, the coach will give you what for.

give your best -- (See give it your best shot)

G27. give your word -- glued to the set Internet link give your word

give your word -- promise, say that you agre
If you gave your word, do whatever you promised. A person is only as good as his word.

glad rags -- best clothes, dress clothes
I'll come to your concert. I'll do my hair and put on my glad rags.

glassy eyed -- dazed, not alert
When I saw him he was glassy eyed. I think he was drunk.

glitch -- fault, problem, snag
That printer is full of glitches. It isn't working right.

glom onto -- grab, take
Don't leave any donuts around, or Bubba will glom onto them.

gloss over -- cover faults or errors, cover up
Jill won't gloss over your errors. She'll tell you about them.

gloves are off -- (See the gloves are off)

glow on -- (See a glow on)

glowing terms -- (See in glowing terms)

glued to the set -- watching TV, interested in a TV show
Jack loves sports. He's glued to the set every Saturday.

G28. gnashing of teeth -- go around the bend Internet link gnashing of teeth

gnashing of teeth -- anger, complaining
When the hospital closed, there was much gnashing of teeth.

go against the grain -- oppose the natural way, do it the hard way
Moe has always been perverse - always going against the grain.

go all-out -- do your best, give it all you've got  
He'll go all-out at the Olympics. He wants to win a medal.

go all the way (sex) -- have intercourse, make love
"When I go all the way, I want to feel loved," she said.

go all the way (sports) -- win a final series, win the cup or trophy
If the Leafs beat us, they'll go all the way.

go along for the ride -- (See along for the ride)

go along with -- agree to, co-operate with
If you go along with the crime, you'll be as guilty as they are.

go along with -- pretend you do not know, play along
If we have a surprise party for Kay, will you go along with it?

go ape -- become extremely excited, go bananas
The girls would go ape when they saw the Beatles.

go around the bend -- (See around the bend)

G29. go around with -- go by the boards Internet link go around with

go around with -- be friends with, hang out with
At the time, I was going around with a girl named Diane.

go at a good clip -- (See at a good clip)

go back on -- reverse a decision, break a promise
Mat wouldn't go back on his word. He's very dependable.

go bad -- spoil, become sour
Milk will go bad if it's left in the sun. It will taste sour.

go ballistic -- become very upset, freak out
When I told Mom I was pregnant she went ballistic.

go bananas -- become very excited, act crazy, go nuts
When Elvis swiveled his hips, the girls went bananas.

go berserk -- become insane, go crazy
With ten kids, it's a wonder the poor woman didn't go berserk.

go bonkers -- lose control of emotions, freak out, go crazy
He went bonkers because there was too much pressure at work.

go bust -- go bankrupt, go under
Two of his companies went bust within a year.

go by the boards -- become less important, be neglected or omitted
When he returned to school, his social life went by the boards.

G30. go by the name of -- go figure Internet link go by the name of

go by the name of -- has the name of, is called, a.k.a.
The zebra also goes by the name of "tiger horse."

go by the name of -- has the name of, is called, a.k.a.
The zebra also goes by the name of "tiger horse."

go crazy -- lose control, go bananas, go wild
If I don't leave this place I'll go crazy! It's boring here.

go down -- lie down, go to bed, go to sleep
Our baby goes down early - and gets up early.

go down for the third time -- drown, die, fail
In Calculus 101, I'm going down for the third time. I'm failing.

go down on [B] -- give oral sex to a woman or a man
"Do you want to go down on me?" she whispered.

go downhill -- fail and lose, down and out
It's too bad. After getting out of prison he just went downhill.

go downtown [B] -- have intercourse, go all the way
If I go up to your room, it doesn't mean you can go downtown.

go easy on -- do not ask him to work hard, ease up on
Go easy on Billy, please. He's not well today.

go easy on -- do not take too much, use less
Go easy on the jam, please. Leave some for me.

go figure -- you find the answer, the answer is no
He said he quit smoking, then he asks for a cigarette. Go figure.

G31. go for -- go hog wild Internet link go for

go for -- believe, accept
I said I was late because of a flat tire, but Dad didn't go for that.

go for -- admire, desire
Burt goes for Dolly, but Dolly doesn't like Burt.

go for a spin -- go for a ride in a car, take a drive
Clyde stops the car and says to Bonnie, "Want to go for a spin?"

go for broke -- try your hardest, go all-out
On my last jump I'll go for broke. I'll beat my best mark.

go for it -- try it, attempt it
When he asked if he should climb the tree, we yelled, "Go for it!"

go for the jugular -- strike at the vital location, make the killing action, killer instinct
From the lion we have learned to go for the jugular, to defeat our opponents without mercy.

go-getter -- (See a go-getter)

go great guns -- (See going great guns)

go haywire -- break, not work properly, break down
They said they fixed the car, but it went haywire again the next day.

go hog wild -- have a wild celebration, go wild
When the Stampeders won the Grey Cup, the fans went hog wild.

G32. go hungry -- go off half-cocked Internet Link go hungry

go hungry -- not have enough to eat, continue to be hungry
We may be poor, but we never go hungry.

go in circles -- walk around but not work, work in confusion
I'm going in circles. I have to stop and plan my work.

go into detail -- give details in a story or report
Don't go into detail right now. Just tell us how much it costs.

go jump in the lake -- go away and do not return, take off
If he expects us to write a 50-page report, he can go jump in the lake.

go like crazy -- work fast and hard, be very busy, like crazy
We've been going like crazy trying to feed fifty people!

go like stink -- go fast, accelerate quickly
That Mustang goes like stink. It's a fast car.

go mad -- become insane, go crazy, go nuts
If he doesn't stop playing those drums, I'll go mad.

go nowhere fast -- be unable to advance, be stuck where you are
Without a diploma, you'll be going nowhere fast.

go nuts -- become insane, go bonkers, go crazy
If another mosquito bites me, I'll go nuts!

go off half-cocked -- speak without thinking, rush into action
Dar is sensible, but he goes off half-cocked when he plays ball.

G33. go off the deep end -- go over Internet Link go off the deep end

go off the deep end -- do something strange, go overboard
Now don't go off the deep end and hit somebody.

go on -- happen, occur, what's going down
What's going on here? Why is your bike in the bathtub?

go on -- it cannot be true, you're kidding
"Ted drove the car into the lake!" "Go on! Ted wouldn't do that!"

go on about -- talk steadily, ramble, run off at the mouth
"What was he saying?" "Oh, he was going on about taxes and the price of wheat."

go one better -- do more, hit harder, outdo yourself
If he gives her candy, I'll go one better and give her flowers.

go out of your mind -- (See out of your mind)

go out of your way -- do special things to help, put yourself out
Hilda went out of her way to help us when Dad was sick.

go out on a limb -- promise too much, risk, take a chance
Don't go out on a limb. Don't say the company will pay for it.

go out with -- be a boyfriend/girlfriend, date, see
Jerry asked me to go out with him. I think he likes me.

go over -- read, practise
Did you go over your notes? Are you ready for the quiz?

G34. go over -- go strong Internet Link go over

go over -- be liked, be accepted
Free drinks will go over with the students. They'll like that idea.

go overboard -- do it too much, go off the deep end
He goes overboard if he likes a girl - buys her flowers every day.

go places -- succeed, do well, make it big
When Percy got his degree, we knew he was going places.

go pound salt -- leave, go away, go tell your mother she wants you
We don't allow babies in our gang. Go pound salt!

go public -- tell the public, tell a reporter
If he goes public, everybody will know that we had an affair.

go-round -- a turn, a try, a cowboy's ride
In the second go-round, he scored a 79, better than his first try.

go soft -- be gentle, be considerate
I've learned to go soft when I return papers with low grades.

go steady -- date only one person, go out with only one
Tony and Pearl are going steady. They're faithful to each other.

go straight -- change from a criminal to a law-abiding citizen
When he's released from prison he plans to go straight.

go strong -- (See going strong)

G35. go tell your mother she wants you -- go to hell [B] Internet Link go tell your mother she wants you

go tell your mother she wants you -- go away, you're not welcome here, get lost
Mikey, you always cry when you don't win. Please go home - go tell your mother she wants you!

go the distance -- finish the race, complete the course
If Mat begins a project, he'll go the distance - he'll complete it.

go the extra mile -- work longer or harder than expected, give 110%
If you are willing to go the extra mile, you can be the top student.

go the way of the dodo -- become extinct like the dodo bird, die off
If we don't protect our language, it will go the way of the dodo.

go through -- say, read, run through
Could you go through the steps one more time, please.

go through the roof -- become very angry, blow your stack
Mr. Tse will go through the roof when he sees all these mistakes.

go to any trouble -- work to make us welcome, put yourself out
Please don't go to any trouble for us. Don't change your plans.

go to bat for -- help someone by talking to managers or authorities, put in a good word for
Uncle Bob works for the City. If your tax bill is too high, maybe he'll go to bat for you.

go to great lengths/ go to any lengths -- do whatever is necessary, never give up
Cynthia will go to any lengths to find a dress designed by Voz.

go to hell [B] -- leave, go, drop dead, take off
When I asked him to move his car, he told me to go to hell.

G36. go to hell in a handbasket -- go wild Internet link go to hell in a handbasket

go to hell in a handbasket -- go to hell feeling peaceful or unconcerned, ignorance is bliss
We don't get involved in issues. We're wasting our lives and going to hell in a handbasket!

go to pieces -- (See fall to pieces)

go to pot -- (See gone to pot)

go to town -- (See going to town)

go to trouble -- (See go to any trouble)

go to your head -- (See let it go to your head)

go too far -- become too excited, get carried away
Some soccer fans go too far. They fight and cause damage.

go under -- fail, be unable to continue, go bankrupt
Companies that can't make loan payments will go under.

go up in smoke -- burn, be destroyed in a fire
You need fire insurance. What if your condo goes up in smoke?

go wild -- act wild, run and squeal etc.
When the teacher leaves the room, the kids go wild.

G37. go with the flow -- going gets rough Internet Link go with the flow

go with the flow -- do what others do, do what helps everybody
Don't always try to be different. Go with the flow sometimes.

go without -- not have any, not have money, do without
When Dad lost his job, we had go without steak.

go wrong -- choose wrong answers, make a mistake
Where did we go wrong with our budget? Did we miscalculate?

god awful -- ugly, shabby
I won't wear that god-awful suit! It looks like a garbage bag!

God bless the Duke of Argyle -- something to say when scratching your back
Oh, that feels good! God bless the Duke of Argyle!

God rest his soul -- (See rest his soul)

gofer -- the employee who must go for supplies, mail, coffee, etc.,
"Are you the gofer in this office?" "Ya, I gofer this and I gofer that, and soon I'm gonna gofer a holiday! Ha ha!"

going concern -- (See a going concern)

going down -- (See what's going down)

going gets rough -- (See the going gets rough)

G38. going great guns -- golden years Internet Link going great guns

going great guns -- working very well, going strong
We were going great guns till our goalie got hurt. Then they scored.

going rate -- (See the going rate)

going strong -- doing well, succeeding
The party was going strong - lots of dancing and laughter.

going to the mountains -- going home, returning to the place you call home
"Where did John go when he left here?" "He said he was going to the mountains - going home."

going to town -- working or talking hard, protesting, sounding off
One man was really going to town, speaking against taxes.

gol dang/gol darn -- frustrating, dad-blamed, darn
The gol dang cord is tangled. It's full of knots.

golden age -- best years, time of most prosperity
He said the decade after World War II was Canada's golden age.

golden opportunity -- (See a golden opportunity)

golden rule -- (See The Golden Rule)

golden years -- 65 years of age or older, sunset years
Dad is retired now, enjoying his golden years.

G39. golly -- good bet Internet Link golly

golly -- oh, gee, gosh
Golly! I've never seen so much snow.

golly gee -- oh, gee whiz, wow
Golly gee! Nobody ever did that to me before.

gone to pot -- in poor condition, neglected, run down
The farmyard had gone to pot. There was junk everywhere.

gone to the dogs -- not well maintained, in very poor condition
My garden has gone to the dogs. It's full of dandelions and weeds.

goner -- (See a goner)

gonzo -- gone, not here, out of here
On June 30, school's over and I'm gonzo!

good afternoon -- hello, hi, good day
Answer the phone this way: "Good afternoon, Ko speaking."

good and dead/mad/sick -- very dead or mad or sick etc.
That rodeo bull was good and mad. He tried to gore the rider.

good arm -- (See a good arm)

good bet -- good team or horse or person to bet on
The Leafs look like a good bet to win the series. They should win.

G40. good day -- good hands Internet Link good day

good day -- hello, good morning, good afternoon
"Good day, Mrs. Hardy." "How do you do, Mr. Lane."

good egg -- (See a good egg)

good for a loan -- willing to lend money, able to lend money
Let's ask Mike for some money. He's usually good for a loan.

good-for-nothing -- not useful, useless
I'll be glad when we sell that good-for-nothing truck.

good for you -- good work, 'at a boy, good on you
When Dad saw my high marks, he said, "Good for you, Nick."

good going -- good work, 'at a girl, way to go 
Good going, Judy! You passed the exam!

good golly -- oh, gosh, wow
Good golly, Miss Molly. You are the prettiest girl in the county!

good gravy -- oh, how surprising, gosh
Good gravy! I've got BINGO! I won!

good grief -- what a shame, oh no, too bad
Good grief! You're injured! Your hand is bleeding!

good hands -- skillful hands; ability to pass, catch, shoot; feather a pass

G41. good head -- goodies Internet link good head

good head -- (See a good head)

good morning -- hello, hi, good day
We said, "Good morning, Miss Keele," as we entered the room.

good on you -- that is good, you did good work, good for you
If you can tie a kangaroo down, good on ya, mate!

good riddance -- good that someone or something goes away
When the manager resigned, we all said, "Good riddance!"

good show -- that is good, you performed well
Good show, I say. Jolly good show! Let's see another trick.

good sport -- (See a good sport)

good time -- a good experience; an enjoyable party, visit, etc.
There were lots of people at the wedding and everybody had a good time!

good to go -- ready to go, ready to leave
You have the saddle and I have the horse. We're good to go!

good wood on it -- (See get good wood on it)

goodies -- cookies, candy, cake, etc.
Grandma always had a plate of goodies on the table for us.

G42. goodies -- gosh darn (gol darn) Internet Link goodies

goodies -- accessories: air, cruise, sun roof, etc.; loaded
He likes the Buick because it has a lot of goodies - a lot of extras.

goodness gracious -- oh my, oh dear, gosh
Goodness gracious! That sauce is hot!

goof off -- play, fool around, horse around
We were goofing off in the hall before class - joking and stuff.

goof up -- do it poorly, screw up
If I goof up again, I'm going to use a different typewriter.

goose egg -- zero, no score, skunked
They got three goals. We got the goose egg.

goose is cooked -- chance is gone, plan has failed, game over
If we don't win this game, our goose is cooked.

goose it -- press the gas pedal down, pedal to the metal
When a car tries to pass us, don't goose it. Slow down.

goosed -- (See Canada goose)

gosh -- oh, gee, golly, wow
Gosh! I didn't know you had a twin sister!

gosh darn (gol darn) -- frustrating, darn, friggin
Where is that gosh-darn pen? Who took my pen?

G43. gospel truth -- got it made Internet Link gospel truth

gospel truth -- (See the gospel truth)

got a corner on -- got most of the business, corner the market
Bata's got a corner on the shoe business in Ontario.

got a crush on -- feel romantic about, sweet on
Wayne's got a crush on Miss Kramer. He loves Miss Kramer!

got a light -- got a match, have a cigarette lighter
I lost my matches. Have you got a light?

got guts -- have courage, have nerves of steel
She's got guts to try skydiving. It's a dangerous sport.

got him covered -- point a gun at him, prevent him from going
"I've got you covered!" the boy said, pointing a toy gun at me.

got it bad -- feels it very much, has a case of
Poor Jenny. She loves Stuart. She's got it bad for him.

got it coming -- deserve to get hurt, should get hell [B]
If you drive drunk, you should be punished - you've got it coming.

got it in for -- dislike, is unkind to, is on my case
I think Mr. Yee's got it in for me. He's very critical of my work.

got it made -- be happy and successful and rich
Brandy's got it made: she has a career, wealth and a loving family.

G44. got my eye on -- got you by the balls [B] Internet Link got my eye on

got my eye on -- am interested in, want to know him/her, want to buy it
A Corvette? No. I've got my eye on a Fiat Spyder.

got my hands full -- am very busy, plate is full
I'd like to help with your project but I've got my hands full.

got no business -- do not have the right, have no claim
Charlie's got no business telling us how to manage our farm.

got rocks in your head -- have no sense, make bad decisions
If he swims with sharks, he's got rocks in his head.

got the balls [B] -- got the courage, got what it takes
He wants to enforce gun control, and he's got the balls to do it.

got the blues -- feel sad, feel blue
Zora's got the blues because her lover was untrue.

got the hots for -- desire, feel passion for
She's got the hots for Tony. See how she touches him.

got the rags on [B] -- menstruate, have your period
Lana doesn't feel like going out tonight. She's got the rags on.

got what it takes -- got what is needed, got the balls[B]
We need a person to manage the office. Ko's got what it takes.

got you by the balls [B] -- got you so you can't move or quit or back out
If you signed the contract, they've got you by the balls.

G45. got you by the short hairs -- grand slam Internet Link got you by the short hairs

got you by the short hairs -- has a painful hold on you, has an advantage, gotcha
"What can I do about a bad credit rating?" "Not much. They've got you by the short hairs."

got you cornered -- make it difficult to move or answer
"I've got you cornered," he said, pointing at the checker board.

got your number -- know how to manage you; how to get her way
She's got your number, Bill. She knows you'll do anything she asks.

gotcha (got you) -- tricked you, defeated you
When I don't know the answer, he says, "Gotcha!"

gotches -- men's shorts, men's underwear
Uh oh, no clean gotches. It's time to do my laundry.

grab a bite to eat -- eat a lunch or meal, have a bite
We were so busy we didn't have time to grab a bite to eat.

grab a chair -- sit down, have a seat, take a load off your feet
After I introduced everybody, I said, "Grab a chair and sit down."

grain belt -- a region or area that produces cereal crops
The grain belt got very little rain this year. The land is dry.

grain of salt -- (See take it with a grain of salt)

grand slam -- a home run with runners on all bases, a major score
It was 5-1. Then Carter hit a grand slam and tied the game, 5-5.

G46. grandfather -- greasy kid's stuff Internet link grandfather

grandfather -- to exempt from new rules, to keep it the same, grandfather clause
This new law prohibits restaurants from serving french fries, but restaurants that now serve fries have been grandfathered.

grandfather clause -- a written statement that protects an employee, a right, a privilege, etc.
They can't demote him or delete his position because he has a grandfather clause.

granola -- a person who believes in less government and a natural way of living
Pat is mostly granola. She wants to join a commune, grow gardens and protect the environment.

grapevine -- (See through the grapevine)

grass is greener... -- (See the grass is greener on the other side of the fence)

gravy train -- a profitable product, the rest is gravy
In 1928, coal was Alberta's gravy train.

grease my palm -- pay me, give me money
If you want good service, grease his palm. Give him a tip, eh.

greased lightning -- very, very fast; faster than a speeding bullet
Oh, I've slowed down a bit over the years. When I was a teenager they used to call me Jimmy "greased lightning" Fraser.

greaser -- a young man with greasy hair, a hoodlum, a hood
Two greasers were hanging out behind the school.

greasy kid's stuff -- heavy hair dressing, thick hair oil
None of that greasy kid's stuff on my hair. I use a natural product.

G47. greasy spoon -- green thumb Internet Link greasy spoon

greasy spoon -- small cafe that serves greasy food
I eat at the greasy spoon. The food ain't great, but it's cheap.

great guns -- (See going great guns)

Great One -- (See The Great One)

great Scot -- good gravy, gosh, heavens
When Dale gets excited, he says, "Great Scot!"

great shakes -- (See no great shakes)

Great White Hope -- (See The Great White Hope)

Great White North -- (See The Great White North)

Greek to me -- (See it was Greek to me)

green stuff -- dollars, money, lettuce, moola
In those days we had plenty of green stuff, so I bought a Lexus.

green thumb -- good gardener, naturally good with plants
Willie is the green thumb in our group. He's the gardener.

G48. green with envy -- grinning like a bushel basketful of possum heads Internet Link green with envy

green with envy -- envious, wishing to have someone else's property
How I wish I owned your Acura. I'm green with envy.

greenback -- American dollar, money, buck
If we're going to Vegas, we need our pockets full of greenbacks.

grey area -- unclear topic, vague statement
There are many grey areas in the legal system - many vague laws.

grey matter -- brains, brain capacity, intelligence, smarts
"Sometimes I wonder if he has any grey matter." "Oh, he has it, but maybe he doesn't use it."

grey power -- the large numbers of seniors or older people
An increase in life span causes an increase in grey power.

grill you -- ask you a lot of questions, pointed questions, the third degree
Do your parents grill you when you come home late?

grim reaper -- (See The Grim Reaper)

grind to a halt -- stop with regret and problems
If he quits, the project will grind to a halt. It depends on him.

grinding halt -- unplanned stop, forced stop
When Andy lost his job, their marriage came to a grinding halt.

grinning like a bushel basketful of possum heads -- grinning widely, having a broad grin
Them boys was grinning like a bushel basketful of possum heads - they done outwitted the sheriff again!

G49. groaty to the max -- grow up Internet Link groaty to the max

groaty to the max -- very nice, way cool, totally awesome
That bike is groaty to the max. I love those wide tires!

groovy -- stylish, cool, neat, with it
That's a groovy T-shirt, man. I like the purple parrot.

ground me -- keep me at home, not allow me to go out
If I don't pass all my subjects, my parents will ground me.

grounded -- not allowed to go out, forced to stay in
Pam was grounded for a week because she stayed out all night.

Group of Five -- (See The Group of Five)

Group of Seven -- (See The Group of Seven)

grouse -- complain, a bitch [B]
The mayor said everybody's grousing about high taxes.

grow a tail -- need to defecate, drop a log
Have you seen a washroom? I'm growing a tail.

grow on you -- you like it more each day, gradually like it more
In time, you will appreciate Lang's poetry. It grows on you.

grow up -- live during childhood, become a young adult
He grew up on a farm in Alberta. He was a farm boy.

G50. grow up -- gussied up Internet link grow up

grow up -- become mature, accept responsibility
Grow up, Jerry. Put away that water pistol and act like an adult.

grunge (fashion) -- youth clothing designed for grunge music fans
The kids go to parties dressed in grunge. That's cool.

grunge (music) -- alternative rock music, distorted sound of rock
When we visited Seattle, every radio station was playing grunge.

grunge -- dirt and grease, grime
Let's remove the grunge from the motor. It's really dirty.

guard is down -- not ready for a fight, not protecting yourself
I wasn't ready for her criticism. My guard was down.

gun down -- shoot, kill with guns
He was gunned down as he left his apartment - shot in the back.

gun it -- step on the accelerator, floor it, goose it
When a car tried to pass him, he gunned it. He sped away!

gung ho -- very enthusiastic, very interested
Barb's gung ho about our trip to Greece. She's excited about it.

gussied up -- groomed and dressed for a party
Sally was all gussied up when he arrived for their date.

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