- for a very long time
- for all time,
1. You could try to convince her till doomsday, but she will not drop her demands.
2. This business is going to take me till doomsday.
3. We’ll be here till doomsday if you go blathering on.
feed, leave or throw to the wolves, dogs or lions
- allow somebody else to be criticized or attacked, often in order to protect one
- to sacrifice someone to save the rest
- to abandon someone to harm
- sacrifice someone, especially so as to save oneself
1. Don’t try to throw my brother to the wolves. I’ll tell the fact about the entire issue.
2. When I got to know that they he is very dangerous person to whom I was dealing with, I felt I’d been thrown to the wolves.
3. If Jessica doesn’t achieve as they expect, they’ll throw her to the dogs.
The first term comes from Aesop’s fable about a nurse who threatens to throw her charge to the wolves if the child does not behave. [First half of 1900s]
treat like dirt
- behave someone very badly without respect
- show disdain toward
- to have no respect or consideration for someone
- to deal with someone in a manner that shows no respect for them
1. My boss treats all his employees like dirt.
2. I don’t know why she stays with him. He treats her like dirt.
3. For years I allowed him to treat me like dirt.
4. If you treat your customers like dirt, they won’t come back to your shop again.
This idiom uses dirt in the sense of “something worthless” a usage dating from the mid-1300s in English language.
the die is cast
Meaning: an unalterable decision has been reached, or step taken.
Example: Worried about the misuse of chemical weapons, the United State now confirms the attack on Syria the die is cast to stop and destroy the mass destruction weapons.
to the core
Meaning: completely, utterly.
Example: It is beyond doubt that company management is rotten to the core, involved in numerous extortion schemes.
the chattering classes
Meaning: educated people who like to discuss and give their opinions about political and social matters.
Example: The royal baby’s birth was a historic event and has recently become a trendy topic among the chattering classes.
the calm before the storm
Meaning: a peaceful and quiet period before a period of activity or trouble.
Example: The family’s meeting on property dispute begins today and I’m just sitting down with a cup of coffee, enjoying the calm before the storm.
take cue from
Meaning: follow the lead of another.
Example: I’m not good in belly dance, so I’ll take my cue from you.
take up the cudgels
Meaning: argue strongly in support or against somebody or something.
Example: Environmental groups have taken up the cudgels against multinational companies.
the corridors of power
Meaning: the offices of the powerful leaders.
Example: As personal adviser to the Prime Minister, he thought he’d get his foot inside the corridors of power.
corridors of power
Meaning: higher echelons of government.
Example: I told my neighbor about the problem; she worked in the ministers’ office and therefore knew her way around the corridors of power.