Putting out fires

The phrase putting out fires means dealing with many small problems, usually at work. Though the problems might be small, they need to be solved quickly before they become bigger ones. Examples: Sorry I didn't have time to meet you for lunch today. I was busy at work all day putting out fires. Sometimes it … Продължете с четенето на Putting out fires

Cold feet

In English, when we say we've got cold feet we mean we lack the confidence or courage to do something. Examples: Mary knew Tony had bought her engagement ring and was planning to propose on Valentine's Day. She just hoped he wouldn't get cold feet before then. The company directors were getting cold feet about … Продължете с четенето на Cold feet

To break the ice

To break the ice means to get people who have not met before to feel relaxed and to start talking to each other. Examples: She said, "Here's a game that's guaranteed to break the ice at parties". The room was silent, so he told a joke to break the ice. Sometimes it's very difficult to … Продължете с четенето на To break the ice

To gamble on something

 If you gamble on something it means you do something risky in the hope of getting a good result. Examples: Don't gamble on the weather being good for your party. I know you want a barbeque, but it could rain. I'd book a venue with a covered area. I took a gamble on employing John, … Продължете с четенето на To gamble on something

Child’s play

You use the expression child's play when you mean that something is very easy to do. Examples: I finished the test very quickly. It was child's play! Stop trying to fix the car and call a professional mechanic to do the job. This is not child's play. Take note To be a poster child (for … Продължете с четенето на Child’s play

Get a handle on something

If you get a handle on something, you begin to understand it. Examples: I used to be terrible at maths but after lots of hard work, I think I've got a handle on it now. If I could just get a handle on this new project at work, I'm sure the boss would give me … Продължете с четенето на Get a handle on something