Place in the sun

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Place in the sun Find­ing a place in the sun refers to a po­si­tion which pro­vides you all the suc­cess and hap­pi­ness you want in your life.

Annie found a place in the sun af­ter mar­ry­ing into the renowned busi­ness fam­ily in town.

Sink or swim fail or suc­ceed.

The test will de­cide if he sinks or swims.

Cham­pagne on a beer bud­get Want­ing ex­pen­sive things that you can not af­ford.

She al­ways buys things out of her bud­get. She has de­vel­oped a taste for cham­pagne on a beer bud­get.

Top dog Very suc­cess­ful group, com­pany, per­son, coun­try etc.

The eco­nomic sur­vey proved that Al­liance are the top dogs of the IT in­dus­try.

Keep up ap­pear­ances Main­tain­ing an out­ward show of pros­per­ity or well-being while hid­ing your dif­fi­cul­ties Keep­ing up the ap­pear­ances was im­por­tant for him to se­cure the new big projects.

Wooden spoon Imag­i­nary prize for the last per­son in a race.

Ali­cia won a wooden spoon at the fash­ion show.

Have the world by its tail Very suc­cess­ful per­son who can choose from a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Being the pioneers in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, Or­a­cle are now hav­ing the world by its tail.

Live be­yond means Spend­ing more money than you can af­ford.

An­drew has a habit of liv­ing be­yond his means. Most of the time, you will find him bor­row­ing the money from his friends. Live in an ivory tower Liv­ing a life­style that shields you from the real world prob­lems.

Her in­ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with tough sit­u­a­tions is because she has lived in an ivory tower

Hit the road run­ning Start per­form­ing im­me­di­ately. She was our old em­ployee. She hit the road run­ning when she joined us back.

Mad hat­ter crazy

The boy was like a mad hat­ter. His par­ents thought he had eaten too much sugar. The ex­pres­sion comes from the days when peo­ple who made hats would become poi­soned by the ma­te­ri­als in the hats and then would grad­u­ally go crazy. The ex­pres­sion is usu­ally used he’s as crazy as a (mad) hat­ter.

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