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Idioms - G

Get Down to Brass Tacks:

To get serious about something.

Alright, let’s quit talking and get down to brass tacks. I want to buy your company.

 

Get my goat:

To annoy somebody.

Does that bother you? I didn't mean to get your goat!

 

Get Over It (something):

To move beyond something that is bothering you.

You need to get over your ex so you can meet another guy.

 

Get the Hang of It: 

Learn, figure out or understand how to do something.

If you keep practicing, you'll get the hang of it!

 

Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed:

Someone who is having a bad day, and they are acting rude because of that.  

 

Get Your Hands on Something:

To get or buy something.

I can't wait to get my hands on the new video game!

 

Get Your Walking Papers:

Fired from a job.

If you aren’t careful, you’ll get your walking papers.

 

Give Someone a Hand:

(1) Help someone out. (2) Give applause to someone (after a performance, speech, etc.).

Can you give me a hand here? This is really heavy!
Give Jenny a hand; that was a wonderful speech!

 

Go Out On A Limb:

Get put in a tough position to help someone else.

He went out on a limb to get me this new job, so I want to do well.

Glass Ceiling:

Barriers stopping women & minorities from getting better jobs/promotions.

While the glass ceiling has been shattered in many organizations, the barrier still exists elsewhere.

Go The Extra Mile:

Doing more than what is required.

You have to go the extra mile to get a promotion. 

 

Goes with the Territory (also Comes with the Territory): 

It happens in those situations.  

Being a firefighter, danger goes with the territory for me.

 

Good Samaritan:

Someone who helps, but doesn’t want anything in return.

My friend always volunteers; she’s a good samaritan.

 

The grass is greener on the other side:

When you think that things are better somewhere else.

You should think carefully before switching jobs. Your current one is actually pretty good. The grass is always greener on the other side.

 

Green light:

Approve.

I think our VP is going to green light the plan tomorrow.

 

Graveyard Shift: 

Working while most people are sleeping. (That shift is literally called the “third shift.”) 

The phone company employees are working the graveyard shift to fix the issues.

 

Gut Feeling:

A feeling you have that something isn’t (or is) right.

My gut feeling says that we shouldn’t be in this part of town.


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