1.Not let grass grow under feet –
Meaning – Don’t delay in getting something done.
Example – As soon as he finished all the registration formalities, he put the house on sale. He doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.
2.Dead wood –
Meaning -People or things which are no longer useful or necessary.
Example – The company bought in a lot of new computers. They no longer want the dead woods.
3.Golden handshake –
Meaning -Big sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire.
Example -The management of various PSUs wanted to cut down on the man power. They offered a golden hand shake to many of their aged employees.
4.Separate sheep from goats –
Meaning – Examining a group of people and deciding their suitability
Example – Audition test was conducted by the director to separate sheep from goats.
5.Buckle down –
Meaning – Doing some hard work with determination and full attention.
Example – Getting through the exam for civil services is possible when you have buckled down yourself.
6.Punch above one’s weight-
Meaning – Performing beyond your ability.
Example – He was not the best swimmer around but he could win the gold medal at the state swimming competition by working hard and punching above his weight in the finals.
7.Sink your teeth into –
Meaning – doing something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Example – Marie joined the badminton coaching classes. She sank her teeth into the practice sessions.
8.Fish out of water –
Meaning – Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Example – Being a french, I felt like a fish out of water in the group of Japanese
9.Bee in one’s bonnet –
Meaning – Carrying an idea which constantly occupies your thoughts.
Example – She is not happy in Africa. She has a bee in he bonnet about moving to Dubai.
10.Keep a stiff upper lip –
Meaning – Refers to a person who doesn’t show off his emotions.
Example – He heard the news about his father’s demise but kept a stiff upper lip.