Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* rise to the occasion – do well in a difficult situation.
Despite going through some personal problems she rose to the occasion and played a brilliant role in her latest movie.
* go to pieces – become so upset or nervous that you cannot do sth as well as you should.
She went to pieces when her marriage ended.
* at a price – involving an unpleasant consequence (come at a price).
Fame comes at a price.
* beyond your wildest dreams – better than anything you could have ever imagined.
He had never imagined becoming famous. It was beyond his wildest dreams.
* go to sb’s head – when success or praise goes to sb’s head, it makes them feel more important than they really are, and they usually suffer as a result.
Don’t let fame/success go to your head.
* fall by the wayside – not be successful or effective any longer.
Some singers keep releasing new albums every year while others fall by the wayside.
* tread carefully – be very careful about what you say or do.
The TV host knows he has to tread carefully on many issues when interviewing celebrities.
* make or break sb/sth – be the thing which makes sb/sth either a great success or a complete failure, also used as an adjective, a make-or-break situation.
The Milan show will be make or break for his new designs.
* get out – when a secret or information become known to the public.
Their secret relationship got out and now journalists don’t leave them alone anymore.
* reach the end of the line/road – reach the point at which sth can no longer continue in the same way.
His addiction to drugs made his career as a singer reach the end of the line/road.
* do/try your utmost – try as hard as you possibly can.
She did/tried her utmost since she was young and she got recognized by that when she won the talent show.
* in the public eye – well known to many people through the media.
Famous people’s relationships are always in the public eye.
* bounce back – become confident, healthy, or successful again after having problems.
I’m glad this actor bounced back after being away from the movie screens for many years.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time! Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford