Idioms 8

1. TIGHTEN YOUR BELT: If you need to tighten your belt, you should spend less money or be careful how you spend it because there is less available.

  • Another bill? I have to tighten my belt this month.
  • In this time of financial crisis you should tighten your belt and spend less money.
  • I’ll have to tighten my belt for sometime so I can pay off my debts.
  • Inflation is rising day by day and we all have to tighten our belts until the situation is under control.
  • I’ve had to tighten my belt since I stopped working.

2. UNDER ONE’S BELT: If you have something under your belt, you have acquired experience or have  satisfactorily achieved something.

  • You’ve got to have some work experience under your belt before you can hope to have a permanent job.
  • The experienced batsman has over 10,000 runs under his belt.
  • You need to have enough experience under your belt before you start your business.
  • He was a successful salesman with 1400 car sales under his belt.
  • She was an accomplished actress with several awards under her belt.

3. BEND OVER BACKWARDS: If you bend over backwards, you try very hard to do something, especially to please somebody.

  • The manager bent over backwards to make Jack stay, but Jack won’t change his mind.
  • He is a very helpful person. He will bend over backwards to help you.
  • I bent over backwards for you and you didn’t show any gratitude.
  • Banks are bending over backwards to help the needy.
  • We want your business and will bend over backwards to keep it.

4. BEND THE TRUTH: If you bend the truth, you say something that is not entirely true.

  • Ok, I have bent the truth a bit. I told them that I worked hard.
  • While telling the story, he bent the truth just enough to make her believe that he was in real danger.
  • It wasn’t a total lie. He has just bent the truth a bit.
  • Tell me the whole story and plz don’t bend the truth like you always do.
  • Sometimes, everybody has to bend the truth.

5. BENEFIT OF DOUBT: If you give someone the benefit of doubt, you choose to believe that the person is innocent, honest, or telling the truth because there is no evidence to the contrary.

  • Although he found it hard to believe Tom’s explanation, the teacher decided to give him the benefit of doubt.
  • After hearing his explanation I was prepared to give him the benefit of doubt.
  • Indians usually are willing to give the government the benefit of doubt.
  • Even though everyone told me not to trust him, I gave him the benefit of doubt and it paid off.
  • Let’s give her the benefit of doubt and let’s assume that she is right.

6. BENT OUT OF SHAPE: If you get bent out of shape, you become annoyed or upset about something that is usually not that important or cannot be avoided.

  • Don’t get bent out of shape if you are delayed. We’ll wait for you.
  • There’s no reason to get so bent out of shape, it was just a joke.
  • I am bent out of shape because of the way I was treated.
  • He ignored me but I didn’t think it was worth getting bent out of shape over it.
  • Don’t worry about returning the favour. I don’t get bent out of shape over such things.

7. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: When someone does something late, this remark means that it is better to do it late than not do it at all.

  • Do you know what time it is? You promised that you will come early to help me – but better late than never – I suppose.
  • I am sorry I am late for the party. Better late than never.. right?
  • Nisha’s birthday was two weeks ago but I am sending her a card today. Better late than never.
  • Better late than never but getting recognition for your work posthumous is sad.
  • I know that you are late for an appointment but better late than never.

8. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: It’s better to be cautious than to be careless and have regrets later.

  • Let’s book the tickets in advance – better safe than sorry.
  • I know that it takes time to check oil in your car everytime you buy petrol. But better safe than sorry.
  • You stepped on the nail. Get a tetanus shot, better safe than sorry.
  • I’ll hold the ladder while you climb up. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • I am not taking any short cuts. Better safe than sorry.

9. BEYOND ONE’S WILDEST DREAMS: If something is beyond your wildest dreams, it is better than you imagined or hoped for.

  • The research team received a grant from the government that was beyond their wildest dreams.
  • Suddenly he became rich beyond his wildest dreams.
  • The plan succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
  • Seven years later the company has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.
  • Never in my wildest dreams did I think she would actually carry out.

10. BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND: This term refers to an important or a highly ranked person in a small group or organisation.

  • He could get a job with a big company but he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond.
  • As the manager of a local company, he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond.
  • Bharat could be a professor at Meerut university, but he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond too much to ever leave the  college.
  • why do you work in this small company, when you can find job in a good company. It appears that you enjoy being big fish in a small pond.
  • Working with this organisation simply means you like being a big fish in a small pond.