- armchair traveller = somebody who reads about being a traveller but doesn't have any experience of doing it.
His books about his adventures are read by a lot of armchair travellers.
- to be called on the carpet (US) = be criticised by an authority because of doing something wrong.
She was called on the carpet by her boss because she didn't finish the task in time.
- to roll out the red carpet = give special treatment.
They rolled out the red carpet when the Prime Minister visited the country.
- to sweep something under the carpet = try to keep something wrong as a secret.
I'm sure she made a mistake and now she's sweeping it under the carpet.
- to get out of bed on the wrong side = feel angry or annoyed for no particular reason.
What's the problem with you? I think you just got out of bed on the wrong side.
- not a bed of roses = not an easy situation.
Working in an office isn't always a bed of roses.
- you've made your bed and you must lie on it = you must accept the results of your actions.
It was you who decided to resign. You've made your bed and you must lie on it.
- everything but the kitchen sink = too many things.
She packed a big suitcase for her holidays. She took everything but the kitchen sink!
- a kitchen sink drama (GB) = a play or film about family problems at home.
I'm tired of watching this kitchen sink drama!
- off-the-shelf = available to be bought as it is.
Cars are sold in an off-the-shelf basis, we don't offer any personalized design.
- to be left on the shelf = not be used or considered.
His dancing skills were left on the shelf until he became a famous singer.
- to be in the chair = be in charge of a meeting.
Paul will be in the chair at our next meeting.
- to be on the table = be officially suggested for somebody to consider.
The offer is on the table, now you have to think if you accept or not.
- under the table = in secret or illegally (usually referred to money).
The main local authorities received money under the table.
- to go out of the window = disappear or no longer have any effect.
After drinking, his good intentions went out of the window.
- to close the door on something = make something become impossible.
The car accident closed the door on her acting career.
- to get in through the back door = achieve something thanks to an unfair secret advantage.
As his father is a cabinet member, he got in through the back door.
- to lay something at somebody's door = blame somebody for something.
The problem can't be laid entirely at his door.
- to bring down the curtain on something = cause the end of something.
His resignation brought down the curtain on his career.
- to smoke like a chimney = smoke a lot.
If he goes on smoking like a chimney, he will have serious health problems.
- to hit the roof = become very angry.
Put that back before Dad sees you and hits the roof!
- to have a bun in the oven = be pregnant.
We thank Judith Camacho Díaz (from Barcelona, Spain) for her suggestion.
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