American English Language School


English Idioms #4

August 17, 2016

Successes, and sometimes failures, are a part of our everyday lives. We are constantly facing new challenges and could use some great idioms to describe our situations.



-pass with flying colors: to do very well on an exam or some kind of test

-landslide victory/ to win by a landslide: a very strong win against a weaker competitor (especially in an election or sporting event)

-to move up in the world: to be successful in a way that lets you have a better job and lifestyle



-don’t quit your day job: if you say this to someone, it means you think they are not very good at what they are doing and that they will fail soon

-back to square one/ back to the drawing board: to start over and try to come up with a new idea after the first idea failed

-cut your losses: to stop trying because you are failing


A Few Business Idioms

-sink or swim: to be a in a situation in which you will either fail terribly (“sinking”) or succeed wonderfully (“swimming”)

-make or break: something that makes or breaks you will either make you very successful or will cause you to fail

-to get your foot in the door: to have a connection that will help you become successful in a new job


Try these out and let us know on our Facebook or Instagram what other idiom topics you would like us to feature!

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American English Language School opened in 2008 as a full-immersion English language school in Orange County, California. We are a SEVIS approved language school in Orange County, California. (A SEVP certified language school in Orange County, California.) We offer admission to both international and local students who wish to immerse themselves in the English language and American culture. If you want to study English in Orange County or participate in an ESL program in Orange County, American English Language School in Brea is the place for you! American English Language School is near Fullerton and Yorba Linda if you want to attend ESL class in the Fullerton and Yorba Linda area.