If there’s an obvious truth that no one wants to talk about, then there’s an elephant in the room. This idiom refers to an issue or situation that everyone is aware of, but chooses not to publicly acknowledge.
There are a lot of idioms in English that use the word "nose". Apparently, we like to talk about our noses a lot! Here are just 10 to add to your phrasebook (plus a bonus one to amaze your friends and colleagues with).
If you have a project or task to do, and you have a very limited amount of time to finish it, then you can say that you're in a race against time.
If you’re not feeling well, physically or emotionally, then you can say that you feel under the weather. We use this expression when we want to imply that our health is slightly below its normal state.
If you don’t do an activity very often, then you can say that you only do it once in a blue moon. We use this expression to emphasize how rare or infrequent an activity is. The activity could be infrequent due to cost, convenience, preference, etc.
This expression is somewhat casual, so it is best suited for informal contexts. For example:
If you completed a task at the last acceptable moment, then you completed it in the nick of time.
If you have something in the bag, it means that you are sure that you will achieve it or acquire it. We usually use this expression to predict a future success that seems certain or, at least, highly probable.
This expression can be used in a variety of situations, although it is better suited to informal contexts. For example:
If you blow something out of proportion, then you make it seem more important than it actually is. We use this expression when someone overreacts or exaggerates the seriousness of a situation. As a result, the situation is given more attention than it deserves.
This expression can be used to refer to unfavorable behavior that occurs in both personal and professional contexts. For example:
If you’re faced with a unique and complicated issue at work, you may need to think outside the box to find a solution.
When you think outside the box, you try to use your imagination to come up with new and unusual ideas. The purpose of thinking outside the box is to challenge yourself to think differently about a subject, so that you can approach it from a new perspective and ideally, produce original ideas and solutions.
When you learn the ropes, you learn how to do a particular task or activity. We use the expression learn the ropes when we are in the process of gathering basic knowledge and experience about how to perform a task or job.