Idioms – I
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
- Don’t mess with something that is already working fine.
In a pickle
In a jam
In a fix
These all mean “in trouble” or “in a difficult situation.”
In one ear and out the other
- This means that you forget something as soon as you hear it.
In the driver’s seat
- In charge of a situation
In the short run
- In the immediate future; in the short-term
In the long run
- In the distant future; eventually; in the end
(You’re) in over your head
- If someone is “in over his/her head,” this means that they have a problem or situation that is too difficult or complicated for them to deal with or solve.
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings
- You cannot be sure about the result (of a game or situation) until it has officially finished. (This comes from opera, in which a “fat lady” often sings at the very end of the opera.)
Advice and Answers
Using the idioms, give advice or answers to these people:
Iris: I have to finish 5 essays in the next hour! There’s no way I can do this alone!
Innis: My clothing company makes a lot of money, but I’m thinking that maybe I will start selling furniture instead.
Ian: Oh no! The Yankees just hit a home run! Now the Red Sox will never win!
Now, fill in the blanks with suitable idioms: