The Borneo Post - Good English

Cry for the moon


Make a mountain of a molehill If you make a mountain of a molehill, you make something unimportan­t to seem important.

One bad interview doesn’t mean you’re struggling to get the job. Don’t make a mountain of a molehill.

Cry for the moon If you cry for the moon, you make a demand that can’t be fulfilled.

You want such an expensive gift on your birthday. Well, you’re crying for the moon.

Hit the nail on the head If you hit the nail on the head, you’re exactly right about something.

I think the CEO hit the nail on the head when he said that the organizati­on was losing market share because of complacenc­y and security.

Nail in someone’s coffin Nail in someone’s coffin is something that hastens failure of a person or thing The scandal proved to be the final nail in the coffin of the mayor.

Pay through the nose If you pay through the nose, you pay too much for something.

We’re paying through the nose for petrol and diesel.

Under someone’s nose If you do something under someone’s nose, you do it openly, although unnoticed.

The dog took away the biscuit right under my nose, but I realized it only later.

Pour out one’s heart If you pour out your heart, you reveal your thoughts or inner feelings.

I poured my heart out to my colleague about the mismanagem­ent in the Company.

Swallow your pride If you swallow your pride, you do something even though it hurts your self-respect.

I swallowed my pride to do menial tasks for six months till I found a better job.

When push comes to shove When situation turns desperate

If push comes to shove, I’ll take loan to finance my education.

Read between the lines If you read between the lines, you try to understand someone’s real feelings or intentions from what they say or write.

The government says that the economy is robust, but if you look at employment data and read further between the lines, you realize that the situation isn’t that rosy.

Beat a retreat If you beat a retreat, you withdraw from a dangerous or unpleasant situation.

Seeing the cops, the arsonists beat a hasty retreat.

Take somebody for a ride If you take somebody for a ride, you deceive them.

The placement agency took hundreds of people for a ride by promising non-existent jobs.

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