Cold feet

ColdFeetIn English, when we say we’ve got cold feet we mean we lack the confidence or courage to do something.


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 a deal which could make or break their business.

To break the ice

break_the_iceTo break the ice means to get people who have not met before to feel relaxed and to start talking to each other.


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.

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To gamble on something

las_vegas If you gamble on something it means you do something risky in the hope of getting a good result.


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, but it’s turned out that he’s great for our team.

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Get a handle on something

cup_handleIf you get a handle on something, you begin to understand it.


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 a pay rise.

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If something or someone is too hot to handle, it is too dangerous or difficult to deal with.

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Ducks in a row

ducks_in_a_row To get your ducks in a row means to organise your things well. It’s American English.


With the recession looming, the government has to get its ducks in a row and invest in job creation.

The company’s owner has given his managers a few days to get their ducks in a row. If they don’t improve their performance he’ll fire them.

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