You Can Choose Your Friends, But You Can’t Choose Your Family Idiom

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family
What does You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family mean?
Some things you can choose, but others you cannot, so you have to try to make the best of what you have where you have no choice.

Some Random Idioms
Beat swords into ploughshares
What does “Beat swords into ploughshares” mean?
If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is ‘plowshares’)
Rain on your parade
What does “Rain on your parade” mean?
If someone rains on your parade, they ruin your pleasure or your plans.
AD
What does “AD” mean?
Anno Domini – used to mark time that comes after the commonly accepted beginning of the Christian eraAnno Domini – used to mark time that comes after the commonly accepted beginning of the Christian eraThe ancient city was founded in 125 AD.
Sprat to catch a mackerel
What does “Sprat to catch a mackerel” mean?
If you use a sprat to catch a mackerel, you make a small expenditure or take a small risk in the hope of a much greater gain.
carry through with (something)
What does “carry through with (something)” mean?
to put a plan into actionThe company carried through with its plan to open a new factory.
raise the ante
What does “raise the ante” mean?
to increase what is at stake or under discussion in a dispute or conflictThe small country raised the ante in the trade dispute with the other countries.
see pink elephants
What does “see pink elephants” mean?
to see things which are not really there because they are only in your imaginationThe man was seeing pink elephants according to those who listened to his story.
one-off
What does “one-off” mean?
made, done, or happening only one time
act up
What does “act up” mean?
to misbehaveThe children began to act up during the field trip.
turn the tide
What does “turn the tide” mean?
to change what looks like defeat into victoryAt the beginning of the game we were losing badly but we turned the tide and won the game.

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