Idioms on Life is a Journey
idioms about Life is a Journey

This is lesson 4 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.


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English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 4

1- In a rut = Established habits or course of actions which are usually boring

No matter how hard we tried to improve the situation, it was as if we were badly stuck in a rut.


2- Coming or going = being confused

I’m so busy, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.


3- Light at the end of the tunnel = Something makes you believe that a difficult situation is coming to an end

They are falling deeper into debt, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.


4- Shortcut to success = a method of achieving something more quickly than using usual methods.

“I believe in no shortcuts to success,” he said.


5- Side-tracked = To distract from the main subject

It’s my turn, don’t try to sidetrack me.


6- Go our separate ways = To end a relationship

After a couple of years together, we realized we weren’t really happy and decided to go our separate ways.


7- On the road to recovery = Starting to get better

I heard you had the flu, but I’m glad to see you’re on the road to recovery.


8- Off the rails = To lose control

I think you should cut back on your drinking, you were totally off the rails last night!


9- Run out of steam = Run out of energy or enthusiasm

He worked extremely hard at first, but after a couple of days he ran out of steam.


10- A dead-end job = a job with no opportunities for improvement

Despite having a degree in journalism, he got stuck in a dead-end job at an insurance company.


11- Going nowhere fast = To completely fail to achieve something

No matter what I do, I’m just getting nowhere fast.


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