10 IDIOMS FROM INDUSTRY
- Reinvent the wheel – do something that was done before.
“She wants me to dig up the grass and plant potatoes again. It’s a bit like reinventing the wheel!”
- Rocket science – make somebody hurry up/ understand.
“Come on! Finish your homework first. It’s not rocket science!”
- Crack a nut with a sledgehammer – too much work or money.
“A new roof, because of a broken tile? That’s cracking a nut with a sledgehammer, isn’t it?”
- A spanner in the works – stop something.
“You told her you can’t go out tonight? That’s put a spanner in the works!”
- A small cog in a big wheel – unimportant.
“Don’t ask me why teachers work hard. I’m just a small cog in a big wheel!”
- Off the rails (from railway) – go wrong/ fail in life.
“When he was 15, he stopped studying. That’s when he went off the rails.”
- Get off the ground (from aeroplane) – begin/ start.
“The idea of a car repair business didn’t get off the ground. No money.”
- Nuts and bolts – the basics.
“His interview went well. He knew the nuts and bolts of the English Language.”
- Run out of steam (from railway) - fail/ stop.
“We have new team members. We won all our matches last year. We haven’t run out of steam yet!”
- In spades (a tool) – lots of something.
“She’s enthusiastic. She’s got it in spades!”
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