|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.|
What does “AD” mean?
|Anno Domini – used to mark time that comes after the commonly accepted beginning of the Christian era||Anno 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 action||The 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 conflict||The 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 imagination||The man was seeing pink elephants according to those who listened to his story.|
What does “one-off” mean?
|made, done, or happening only one time|
What does “act up” mean?
|to misbehave||The 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 victory||At the beginning of the game we were losing badly but we turned the tide and won the game.|