one cannot love and be wise
- people often do foolish things when they are in love
- people often fall in love with a person they are not compatible with
- people behave strangely when in love
- I don’t think it is wise of Elsie and Ray to decide to get married so soon into their relationship. But then, one cannot love and be wise.
- Everyone can see that she will not be a good match for him, but he seems to be head over heels in love with her. Well, one cannot love and be wise.
- I know that one cannot love and be wise, but still I would like her to at least think about her decision to marry him.
- Nick and Gina have decided to get married, but I don’t think they are ready for it yet. But then, one cannot love and be wise.
- Would it be wise of them to go for the adventure trip in this weather? Well, one cannot love and be wise.
- One cannot love and be wise, the saying goes; and he proved it when he made a fool of himself in front of all those people.
This phrase originated during the early 16th century.
one stop shop
- A store that fulfils various requirements which is preferable by customers.
- It is usually a place of business that offers many services and products which are related.
- That corner store is a one stop shop for anyone looking for video games.
- I just don’t have the patience to check prices with individual vendors so I go to a one stop shop for all my grocery requirements.
- In the current environment where everyone is in a rush for everything, one stop shops are the ultimate solution for grocery shopping.
The phrase actually refers to a business strategy which is to pull customers with the lure of getting more than one things done at the same time and in one visit. It is cost effective for the business because they can sell more items and time effective for the customers. Big super and hyper markets are the best examples of one stop shops and are commonplace for people with busy schedules.
A car repairing business in the United States of America used this phrase in their advertisement in the early 1900’s. The term was even explained in the same advert within the strapline.
on the rocks
- likely to fail because of serious problems
- in a state of difficulty, destruction or ruin
- a relationship having problems and likely to end soon
- a relationship on the brink of failing
- Their marriage was on the rocks as they couldn’t get along with each other anymore and were having huge arguments very frequently.
- It is not a great surprise that they are getting divorced. Their marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time.
- Their decade long marriage was on the rocks because of one act of indiscretion by him.
- She had a big wedding, but a few months down the line, her marriage was on the rocks because she suspected her husband of cheating on her.
- They had been going steady for the last few years, but lately, their relationship has been on the rocks for some reason.
- When Kate arrived at the party alone, it was clear that her relationship with Stuart was on the rocks.
- I feel sorry for him. He has lost his job, his marriage is on the rocks and his kids don’t even speak to him.
The phrase “on the rocks” was originally used for ships which ran aground on rocks and broke apart. Since the late 1800s it has been used figuratively for other disasters or problems.
- Someone who is old fashioned. The phrase can directly refer to old fashion too.
- Hackneyed, cliched or worn out.
- Ask that old hat to keep out of my business. She has a lot to correct in her own life first.
- He maybe an old hat but knows so much about his trade that is sure to surprise you.
- The grocer is an old hat, he will not give you a single penny of discount.
- I am not sure why people think grandpa is an old hat, he has many fascinating ideas.
- The dress that my mother wore for her wedding is an old hat now but it looked fantastic back in the day.
In the year 1911, the Cornish writer Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch used this phrase in his novel ‘Brother Copas’. Although he was referring to actual hats that were worn out. The term was in use in a much more vulgar sense prior to that and referred to a female private part in the ‘The Intrigues at Versailles’ in 1697 and ‘A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue’ in 1785. After Quiller-Couch’s use of the term, however it was started to be used in the tone that is set for it today.
over the top
- excessive, exaggerated
- too extreme, overdone
- beyond normal, acceptable or reasonable limits
- The politician was over the top with his speech. Everything he said was exaggerated.
- The company had gone over the top with its projections of growth in the current year.
- The arrangements for the party was way over the top.
- He went over the top with the numbers in his report.
- He has a habit if going over the top whenever he is out with his friends.
- The way the media covered the celebrity wedding was way over the top.
- The talk was supposed to be motivating, but the promises made were over the top and sounded insincere.
- In his quest to build a business empire, he went over the top with his borrowings and finally collapsed when the markets were tough.
The expression originated during World War I when the British used it to describe the army coming out of the safety of the trenches to attack the enemy across open ground.
over the moon
- extremely pleased or happy
- in a state of great happiness
- Judy was over the moon when Tim proposed to her.
- He was over the moon when he got a job with his dream company.
- My daughter was over the moon when she got her new bicycle.
- The players were over the moon after overcoming a tough opponent to win the championship.
- We were over the moon when we finally moved into our new house.
- She was over the moon when she was declared the winner of the singing competition.
- They were over the moon when their start-up bagged a major deal from a reputed client.
- I was over the moon when he broke the news to me.
The earliest reference to this phrase in print is from Charles Molloy’s “The Coquet, or, The English Chevalier”, in 1718. However, it became a popular one since the 1970s, when English football managers started using it after winning matches.
on the ball
- knowledgeable and competent
- alert, in command of senses, attentive
- understands the situation well
- quick to understand and react to a situation
- He was right on the ball regarding his assessment of the situation.
- I couldn’t sleep well last night, so am not on the ball today.
- When his opponent tried to sneak in a pass, the defender was right on the ball and stopped it well.
- This mess wouldn’t have happened had you been on the ball.
- “Are you alright? You don’t seem on the ball today.”
- This article about the current problems of the nation is right on the ball.
- He has been sick all week and wasn’t on the ball when I met him.
- He has done a great job. He was really on the ball.
This phrase originated in sports, specifically in ball games where the players were asked to keep their “eyes on the ball”. The current usage of the phrase began in the 1900s.
on one’s uppers
- extremely short of money
- All the artists in their initial phase of career were on their uppers. They have struggled enough to reach this level of success.
- The owner of Blue Dart was once on his uppers when he had a few thousands in his bank. It is when he took risk & by favour of his luck, he has a successful business now.
- It is good that you want to follow your passion & be a dancer but you must remember that during one phase you’ll be on your uppers. So decide & plan accordingly.
- The actor when first came to Mumbai was on his uppers & slept near the beach. It is then he dreamt of having a mansion near the beach & today he owns not one but two of them.
- I am on my uppers now & I knew this would happen some day. Following your passion isn’t as dreamy as it seems.
- He helped his friend who was on his uppers & had no money to record his album. His one good deed got his friend selected for vocals of an upcoming movie.
In this expression, worn-out shoes are taken as an indication of someone’s poverty; the upper is the part of a shoe above the sole, which is all that is left after the sole has been worn away.
– when needed
– when asked for
– to ask for with proper right
– claim as a right
– at any time that you want or need something
1. These days babies are normally fed on demand.
2. Ronnie is always ready to dance on demand.
3. The fee is payable on demand.
4. They can give you Home Delivery service of medicine on demand.
5. The corrupt manager of financial department had resigned on demand.
6. The character and story of the film has revised on demand of audience.
1250–1300; Middle English demaunden < Anglo-French demaunder < Medieval Latin dēmandāre to demand, Lto entrust, equivalent to dē- de- + mandāre to commission, order.
Synonyms of demand:
insist, command, order, require, stipulate, exact and claim.