IDIOMS beginning with G

IDIOMS beginning with G

Game of Chicken
Meaning: A conflict situation in which neither side will back down for fear of seeming cowardly (chicken)

Get A Charley Horse
Meaning: To develop a cramp in the arm or the leg

Get A Word In Edgewise
Meaning: Be able to say something while someone else is talking a lot

Get Along (with Someone)
Meaning: To have a satisfactory relationship

Get Bent Out of Shape
Meaning: Become angry, upset

Get Carried Away
Meaning: Become overly enthusiastic

Get In on the Ground Floor
Meaning: Invest in or join something while it is still small

Get in Shape
Meaning: Undertake a program of physical conditioning; exercise regularly

Get Off Scot Free
Meaning: Be accused of wrongdoing but pay no penalty at all

Get Off Scot Free
Meaning: Be accused of wrongdoing but pay no penalty at all

Get One’s Ducks in a Row
Meaning: Have everything organized; get oneself organized

Get One’s Hands Dirty
Meaning: To do the unpleasant parts of a job

Get Someone’s Goat
Meaning: To irritate someone deeply

Get To Grips With
Meaning: To begin to understand and deal with something

Get the Ball Rolling
Meaning: Do something to begin a process

Get the Picture
Meaning: Understand what’s happening

Get the Runaround
Meaning: Be given an unclear or evasive answer to a question

Get the Sack, Be Sacked
Meaning: To be fired

Get the Third Degree
Meaning: To be questioned in great detail about something

Get Wind of
Meaning: Hear about

Get With the Program
Meaning: Figure out what everyone else already knows. Often used sarcastically, as a command

Go Along (With)
Meaning: Agree to something, often provisionally

Go Ape
Meaning: Express wild excitement or anger

Go Ballistic
Meaning: Fly into a rage

Go Bananas
Meaning: To become irrational or crazy

Go Belly Up
Meaning: To go bankrupt

Go Berserk
Meaning: To go crazy

Go Bonkers
Meaning: To be or become wild, restless, irrational, or crazy; to act in such a way

Go Cold Turkey
Meaning: Stop using an addictive substance suddenly, without tapering off

Go Down in Flames
Meaning: Fail in a spectacular way

Go Mental
Meaning: To suddenly become extremely angry

Go Nuclear
Meaning: Use an extreme measure; because extremely angry

Go Nuts
Meaning: To become crazy

Go Off Half-Cocked
Meaning: To say or something prematurely, with a negative effect

Go Off the Deep End
Meaning: To unexpectedly become very angry, especially without a good reason

Go Off The Rails
Meaning: To go wrong, to begin acting strangely or badly

Go Out on a Limb
Meaning: Assert something that may not be true; put oneself in a vulnerable position

Go Pear-Shaped
Meaning: To fail; to go wrong

Go See a Man About a Dog
Meaning: Go to the bathroom (said as a euphemism)

Go to the Dogs
Meaning: To become disordered, to decay

Go to the Mattresses
Meaning: To go to into battle

Go the Extra Mile
Meaning: Put forth greater-than-expected effort

Go Under the Knife
Meaning: Undergo surgery

Go Viral
Meaning: Begin To spread rapidly on the Internet

Go with the Flow
Meaning: To accept the way things naturally seem to be going

Grab (Take) the Bull by the Horns
Meaning: To begin forthrightly to deal with a problem

Grasp (Grab) at Straws
Meaning: To take desperate actions with little hope of success

Grease Monkey
Meaning: A mechanic, especially an auto mechanic

Grease the Wheels
Meaning: Do something to make an operation run smoothly

Greasy Spoon
Meaning: An inexpensive restaurant that fries foods on a grill

Green Around the Gills
Meaning: To look sick

Green as Grass
Meaning: Lacking training, naive; often said of young people in new jobs

Grind One’s Teeth
Meaning: Be very annoyed or angry about something without being able to say anything about it.

Guilty Pleasure
Meaning: Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.

Guinea Pig
Meaning: A test subject, a person who is used as a test to see if something will work

Give and Take
Meaning: Negotiations, the process of compromise

Give ’em Hell (often excl.)
Meaning: Express something passionately to a group

Give Lip Service to
Meaning: Talk about supporting something without taking any concrete action

Give Lip Service
Meaning: to Talk about supporting something without taking any concrete action

Give One’s Two Cents (That’s My Two Cents)
Meaning: Offer an opinion, suggest something

Give Someone a Holler
Meaning: Contact someone

Give Someone a Piece of Your Mind
Meaning: Angrily tell someone what you think

Give Someone a Run for Their Money
Meaning: Compete effectively with the leader in a particular field

Give Someone an Earful
Meaning: angrily express an opinion to someone

Give Someone the Cold Shoulder
Meaning: act hostile toward someone; to ignore, snub

Give Someone The Old Heave-Ho
Meaning: Fire someone, remove someone from a group or team

Give Something a Whirl
Meaning: Attempt something without being totally familiar with it

Give the Green Light
Meaning: Approve something; allow something to proceed

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