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IDIOMS WITH MEANS OF TRANSPORT
- to be in the same boat = be in the same unpleasant situation.
All of us have lost our job. We're all on the same boat.
- to miss the boat = fail to take an opportunity that will give you an
You'll miss the boat if you don't buy shares now.
- to push the boat out (GB) = spend more money than usual on something
Come on, push the boat out and get tickets for the concert!
- to rock the boat = cause problems for other members of a group by
She didn't want to rock the boat, so she kept silent during the meeting.
- to paddle one's own canoe (GB) = do things for oneself.
She was alone so she had to paddle her own canoe all the time.
- to put the cart before the horse = do two things in the wrong order.
First you must have dinner and then eat the dessert. You're putting the cart
before the horse.
- to upset the apple cart = spoil somebody's plans.
She didn't want to upset the apple cart by asking to change the date of the
- to climb/jump/get on the bandwagon = start doing something that a lot
of people are already doing (used to show disapproval).
They noticed the success of reality-shows around the world and decided to jump
on the bandwagon to produce their own.
- to fall off the back of a lorry = be probably stolen (used
He has a new stereo, which, we suspect, fell off the back of a lorry.
- to jump ship = leave an organization that you are working for,
specially to join another.
Our boss jumped ship and now he's working for our competitor.
- to run a tight ship = manage a company effectively.
Our new boss really runs a tight ship.
- to desert/leave a sinking ship = leave a place or a person when
things become difficult.
She didn't want to desert a sinking ship but the company situation was really
- somebody's train of thought = somebody's sequence of ideas.
She couldn't follow his train of thought on the matter.
- to lose one's train of thought = forget what one was thinking about.
I'm sorry, but I lost my train of thought. What was I saying?
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