5 English Idioms You Must Know And Use Now

By watching this video lesson, you will learn 5 English Expressions that will help you sound more natural.


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Light a fire under someone

Definition: to motivate or inspire someone to take action

Example sentences:

  • The coach’s halftime speech lit a fire under the team and they won the game.
  • The deadline for the project is approaching, we need to light a fire under the team.
  • The inspiring story of the successful entrepreneur lit a fire for aspiring business owners.


Pull oneself up by the bootstraps

Definition: to improve one’s situation through hard work and determination

Example sentences:

  • After losing his job, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps and started his own business.
  • She pulled herself up by the bootstraps and overcame the challenges of being a single mother.
  • The athlete pulled himself up by the bootstraps and trained harder to win the championship.


Put one’s nose to the grindstone

Definition: to work hard and diligently on a task

Example sentences:

  • The students put their noses to the grindstone and studied for the final exams.
  • The writer put his nose to the grindstone and finished the book before the deadline.
  • The team put their noses to the grindstone and completed the project ahead of schedule.


Bite the bullet

Definition: to face a difficult or unpleasant situation with courage and determination

Example sentences:

  • She had to bite the bullet and tell her boss the truth about the mistake she made.
  • The athlete had to bite the bullet and play through the pain to help his team win.
  • The company had to bite the bullet and make some tough decisions to stay afloat.


Keep one’s eye on the ball

Definition: to stay focused on the goal or objective

Example sentences:

  • The project manager reminded the young man to keep his eye on the ball and not get distracted by minor issues.
  • The athlete kept his eye on the ball and scored the winning goal.
  • The entrepreneur kept her eye on the ball and achieved her business goals.


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