Idioms about travel

Idioms about travel

any port in a storm
Meaning: An unfavorable option which might well be avoided in good times but which nevertheless looks better than the alternatives at the current time.

at the wheel
Meaning: Driving; in control of a vehicle.

backseat driver
Meaning: A backseat driver is a passenger in a car who insists on giving the driver directions.

bad news travels fast
Meaning: The phrase bad news travels fast means that news about misfortune and trouble circulates quickly.

burn one’s boats
Meaning: To cut oneself off from all chance of retreat; to stake everything on success.

desert a sinking ship
Meaning: The phrase desert a sinking ship means to stop being involved in a situation because failure is imminent.

drive a hard bargain
Meaning: Negotiate forcefully.

drive someone up the wall
Meaning: To irritate or annoy someone; to make a person very angry or bored; to infuriate.

fall off the back of a lorry
Meaning: A euphemism for something acquired illegally or stolen.

fifth wheel
Meaning: Anything superfluous or unnecessary.

find one’s way around something
Meaning: If you find your way around something, you discover a way to move around it without getting lost.

flight of fancy
Meaning: If your idea is described as a flight of fancy, it is an imaginative but entirely unrealistic idea.

highways and byways
Meaning: major and minor roads.

hit the road
Meaning: To begin traveling; to leave a place; to go away.

hitch one’s wagon to a star
Meaning: aspire to do something great or aim high, follow a great ambition.

in the same boat
Meaning: In the same situation; having the same problems.

itchy feet
Meaning: Feeling of a need to travel.

jump on the bandwagon
Meaning: To profit from a craze; to join a trend.

jump the lights
Meaning: To pass a set of traffic lights when they are not showing green.

live out of a suitcase
Meaning: The phrase to live out of a suitcase is an idiomatic expression that means to stay very briefly in several places, with only the belongings in your suitcase.

make ones way
Meaning: To move in a particular direction; advance in life by one’s own efforts.

miss the boat
Meaning: To fail to take advantage of an opportunity.

my way or the highway
Meaning: This expression is used to say that people have to do what you say; otherwise, they will have to leave or quit the project.

off the beaten track
Meaning: To a place or places not commonly visited.

off the wagon
Meaning: The phrase off the wagon is an idiomatic expression that refers to someone who no longer abstains from a habit or an addiction like alcoholic drinks.

on the wagon
Meaning: To abstain from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the sense of having given it up

paddle one’s own canoe
Meaning: To act independently and decide your own fate; to do something by oneself.

put the cart before the horse
Meaning: To put things in the wrong order

put the pedal to the metal
Meaning: To press the gas pedal to the maximum extent; to exert maximum effort.

road rage
Meaning: Aggressive behavior exhibited by drivers in traffic, often as a result of stress.

rock the boat
Meaning: If you rock the boat, you cause problems or disturbances.

sail through something
Meaning: To pass or progress quickly and easily.

take for a ride
Meaning: To deceive or cheat.

trip the light fantastic
Meaning: To dance.

wheels fall off
Meaning: Said about something that has failed, often after a laborious, tiring process.

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