Taking Advantage of Personal Power And Success
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- Fortune favours the brave
- You took a big risk
changing your job, but now I've to recognise that you made the right choice: fortune
favours the brave!
- To go for gold
from the years at college, it was so evident that Marcus was one of those going
- Climbing one's personal Everest
- Compliments! You
were so fast in climbing your personal Everest!
- To pack the house
- She really packed out the
house, performing Shakespeare at the local theatre... she turned out to be
- Not to miss a trick
so successful in his career because he never misses a trick.
- To give someone a fair crack of the
- He was given a fair crack of the whip, and he was
snapped up at once... he was really quick off the draw!
- Opportunities knock only once
your professional profile today: opportunities knock only once, and that's a golden
- To be on a par with
- Before Harris won, Jack seemed
to be on a par with him but, not being so experienced was the stumbling-block.
- Another notch in one's belt
(another string to one's bow)
- He's passed the post graduated
study and now he has another notch in his belt (another string to his bow).
- To run rings round someone
(to have the edge on someone)
- He was the expert par excellence
at changing locks, so he ran rings round (he had the edge on) all the locksmiths
of the area.
- To be a cut above (to ride high)
- You'll never
compare with Spencer: he's more prepared than you... he's a cut above you (he
rides higher than you).
- To step up the ladder
- From driving a go-kart to
Formula One racing is quite a step up the ladder... lucky you!
- To take pride of the place
to the article that the local journal issued about his new book, the writer had
taken pride of place amongst a lot of publishers.
- To do something by the seat of one's
pants (to pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps, under one's own steam)
won the prize without any help by the seat of her pants (pulling herself up by
her own bootstraps, under her own steam).
- To lead
- Even though he was not the youngest person
in the competition, he was definitely leading the field... nobody could be
compared with him.
- The high ground (a first rate, the top notch)
Harris is well considered to be on the high ground in the field of web design
- To knock spots off
- He's the best candidate the
party had ever had... he knocks spots off the others!
Il migliore in
- The cream of the crop
the best teacher
here, he's really the cream of the crop
hire new managers they look for the cream of the crop.
- To get ahead, to
set the world on fire
- I confess I admire
him: he gets ahead so squarely and successfully.
- I would
never have bet that you could set the world on fire!
- To go a long way
told you that he would go a long way... he was the only one who had all the right
qualities to be successful.
- To be on the ball
- He's more than
a simple mechanic: when it's a matter of engines he's perfectly on the ball.
- A person ahead of their time
never had such a charismatic leader: he is full of creative ideas, really a person
ahead of his time.
- Every dog has his day
being the backroom boy for years, the Director noticed that he was talented enough
to perform in a leading role: every dog has his day!
- To carry the day (to win the day)
and steady, Frank won the race: after many difficult moments, he carried the day
(he won the day) and defeated all his rivals.
- A nine-day wonder (a seven-day wonder)
rock group was a nine-day wonder (seven-day wonder): after the first success,
they were quickly forgotten.
- To be in the groove (to have the high ground, to be onto a good thing)
a couple of big companies had settled near his restaurant, his business was in
the groove (was having the high ground, was onto a good thing).
- Someone's shining hour
she received her degree, it really was her shining hour.
- to win (to be first) with flying colours
- Jamie was bringing it off well and forged ahead, winning
with flying colours!
- To leave the field clear for somebody
that Harris had more chances of winning, Ralph left the field clear for him by
not participating in the second ballot.
- To knock somebody off their pedestal
was knocked off his pedestal when the results he promised didn't come off.
- Put somebody's neck on the line
old Chairman put his neck on the line by foretelling a merger with the big Japanese
go to any lengths
- He's going to any lengths to achieve
what he wants, even going so far as to entice his colleagues into supporting him.
- To be in the hot seat
years of unscrupulous control of the firm, today he is in the hot seat.
- To back the wrong horse
trusted him by giving him our savings, but after reading that he went bankrupt,
we realised we had backed the wrong horse.
- Albatross around someone's neck
years of leadership, Alan is now an albatross round the company's neck, following
the flop of his ambitious project.
- To be a square peg in a round hole
if he's very prepared, he's completely wrong for leading this branch: really a
my ship comes in (comes home)
- I'll buy a big penthouse
in the heart of the city and a red convertible, when my ship comes in (comes home)!
- A pie in the sky
never win the lottery... it's all pie in the sky!
- To win the wooden spoon
is not in peak form: he won the wooden spoon at the last marathon.
- The King is dead, long live the King
think he was the best boss we've ever had but, now someone will take his place,
you know... the King is dead, long live the King!
ADVANTAGE OF PERSONAL POWER AND SUCCESS
- To call the shots
a tip: don't clash with Frank because he is used to calling the shots.
- To have everything going for one
so lucky having everything going for him: he's young, handsome and rich.
- To crack the whip (to have
the whip hand over somebody, to keep a tight rein on somebody)
Matthew took over the company, he got in the driving seat, cracking the whip over
(having the whip hand over, keeping a tight rein on) all the managing staff.
- To ride high (to be in the saddle)
so cosy with the President of the company, he's riding high (on the saddle) at
- To lord it over (to get above)
the owner, he lords it over all the shop assistants.
- To get one's hooks
into (to have someone over a barrel)
- When the moment of
decision arrives, Harry gets his hooks into the group (has them over a barrel)
by using his special charisma.
- To give teeth to
- Have you heard it? The boss has
just given teeth to Sam for the internal services and controls... that's the beginning
of the end!
- To have a finger in every pie
- Being such a successful
person, he's involved in many activities, even if the public opinion doesn't like
it that he has a finger in every pie.
- To hand it to somebody (to take off one's hat to somebody)
got to hand it to her (I've to take off my hat to her): she coped with that bad
situation without difficulties and showed herself to be a great organizer.
lord and master
- She's so devoted that she brings the coffee
to her lord and master every morning.
- To be a whizz kid
- Frank's such
a whizz kid! He's so intelligent and well-mannered that he is considered to be
one of the best colleagues in that branch of the company.
- To be the back seat driver
- He will
never take a risk but he's always interfering in our business with foolish hints:
he's such a back seat driver!
- A rough diamond
is really lucky to have found Paul, as he's a really good man, even if he's a
bit of a rough diamond
- To be the best thing since sliced bread
- When I
asked them what they made of him, they sarcastically told me: "He's the best thing
since sliced bread!".
- To be a tough cookie
- Laura is a very tough cookie:
she finally got what she wanted, after being at her boss's beck and call for years.
- A man about town
- It's easy
to catch up with him at social gatherings; he's such a man about town.
- To be a big cheese (the top dog)
said to be a big cheese (the top dog) in the fashion design branch.
- To be too big for one's boots
known he's too big for his boots since University: he was always blowing his own
- To be a big fish in a small pond
- Jerry is so full
of himself that he cannot understand that he is now only a big fish in a very
small pond, in this Mickey Mouse company.
- The high and mighty
the opening of the exhibition was not easy.. it seemed that only the high and
mighty were welcome!