Idioms 18

put (something) behind one

Meaning: Fig. to try to forget about something

Usage: I look forward to putting all my problems behind me.

in the vicinity of (something)

Meaning: approximately a certain amount

Usage: The price for a house here is in the vicinity of $150,000.

follow in someone’s footsteps and follow in someone’s tracks

Meaning: to follow someone’s example; to assume someone else’s role or occupation.

Usage: She followed in her father’s footsteps and went into medicine.

a golden boy/girl


Meaning: someone who is successful and admired (often + of )

Usage: Henman is the golden boy of British tennis this season.

bring (someone) down to earth

Meaning: Fig. to help someone face reality; to help someone who is euphoric become more realistic.

Usage: I hate to be the one to bring you down to earth, but things aren’t as good as you think.

a tête à tête

Meaning: a private conversation between two people

Usage: They were obviously having a romantic tête à tête so I didn’t disturb them.

black as a skillet

Meaning: completely dark or black

Usage: I don’t want to go down to the cellar. It’s as black as a skillet down there.

put a damper on (something)

Meaning: Fig. to have a dulling or numbing influence on something

Usage: The bad news really put a damper on the celebrations.

not by a long shot

Meaning: Fig. not by a great amount; not at all

Usage:

Charlie: Did I win the race?

Hurley: Not by a long shot.

at point-blank range

Meaning: to shoot from a very short distance

Usage: The killers walked into the bar and shot him at point-blank range.

22 thoughts on “Idioms 18”

  1. follow in someone’s footsteps-he would like to follow his father’s footsteps.
    a golden boy-rohit, an all rounder, was the golden boy of his class .

  2. Golden boy: nadal was a golden boy of the french open this year.

    a tête à tête: they were having a tete a tete at the local cafeteria.

    Put something behind: jack put his problems behind and ventured a new start.

    Follow someone’s footsteps: he wishes to follow his fathers footsteps by continuing their family business.

    Black as a skillet: the street was black as a skillet at such an odd hour.

    put a damper on (something): the controversies put a damper on the repute.

    not by a long shot: they won the series but,not by a long shot.

    at point-blank range: michael shot solozzo at the point blank range.

  3. 1-put behind one,put a damper on- the bride’s loss of jewellery had put a damper on the wedding,but they put it behind them and continue with the wedding celebrations.

    2- a golden boy-raj was the golden boy in our locality as he garnered success and respect in all walks of life.

    3-a tete a tete- “make my trip” was thought about when two friends were having a casual tete-a-tete with each other.

    4-black as a skillet- the room was as black as a skillet

    5-not by a long shot- the archer missed the gold medal but not by a long shot.

  4. Census says current years growth rate of population is not at all in the vicinity of last year.
    A tete a tete, after a long time, lead to have a rare old time with my pen-pal.
    The whole ambiance was as black as skillet when power supply broke in the entire city.
    Even if not by a long shot, Krisha hopes that his cut offs for all exams should be cleared.

  5. Put something behind one-I prefer to put such things behind me unless they are not important.
    in the vicinity of something-I am expecting my marks in the vicinity of 65 out of 100.
    follow in someone’s footsteps-He is following Anna Hazare’s footsteps to try to end corruption in India.
    a golden boy-Sachin is a golden boy in cricket.
    bring down to the earth-i know it is difficult but being his friends we should bring him down to earth.
    a tete a tete-When I reached his cabin, he was having a tete a tete with his secretary so I didn’t think it right to disturb him.
    black as a skillet-I didn’t like that shirt much, it is black as a skillet.
    put a damper on something-My results had put a damper on my happiness. 
    not by a long shot-A:Would you like to have an ice-cream?
    B:not by a long shot, i am already full.
    at point blank range-I had seen him passing from there at point blank range.

  6. put behind one-he has put that accident behind him to recover fast.
    in the vicinity of-the rent of this 2 bhk flat is in the vicinity of ten thousand rupee.
    follow in someone’s footsteps-he is following his father’s footstep by joining the army.
    a golden boy-mark zuckerburg is a golden boy in field of internet.
    bring down to earth-he brought him down on earth by telling him the truth that his best friend betrayed him.
    a tete a tete-there was a tete a tete going on in the cabin of my office.
    black as a skillet-the night is as black as a skillet.
    put a damper on-his failure put a damper on his happiness of getting what he wanted from so long.
    not by a long shot-you won the race but not by a long shot.
    at point-blank range-the assasion was among media and shot the prsident at point-blank range.

  7. Put behind all sorrows and move forward.
    The price for a car is in the vicnity of 8 lacks.
    Politicians usually followed in their father’s footstep and join politics.
    Virat Kohli is the golden boy of Indian cricket team this year.
    It is bad to tete a tete while sitting in a group.
    I passed a test but not by a long shot.
    Excessive rain put a damper on the outing plan.
    I have a friend whos is black as a skillet and i call him nigger just to tease him.

  8. -I want to put my task behind and go for holiday.
    -Price of gold has increased in the vicinity of rs30,000.
    -I am following my mother’s footstep in learning how to live a life.
    -Sachin is the golden boy for all cricket lovers.
    -bring him down to earth as he didn’t top the exam.
    -a tete a tete betweem them shows that they are up to something secretly.
    -her house look black as a skillet when there is no one inside.
    -news of her accident put a damper on her family and friends.
    -he passed the exam not by a long shot.

  9. -I want to put my task behind and go for holiday.
    -Price of gold has increased in the vicinity of rs30,000.
    -I am following my mother’s footstep in learning how to live a life.
    -Sachin is the golden boy for all cricket lovers.
    -bring him down to earth as he didn’t top the exam.
    -a tete a tete betweem them shows that they are up to something secretly.
    -her house look black as a skillet when there is no one inside.
    -news of her accident put a damper on her family and friends.
    -he passed the exam not by a long shot.

  10. put behind one – He tried to put the memories of his troubled past behind him.
    in the vicinity of – The plane crashed in the vicinity of the mountains.
    following in someone’s footsteps – Rahul followed his elder brother’s footsteps and went on to do his MS in USA.
    golden boy – Lionel Messi is the golden boy of football.
    a tete a tete – It is impolite to disturb anyone having a tete a tete.
    black as a sillet – John’s friends challanged him to go alone to the forest in the night when it is as black as a sillet.
    put a damper on – Match fixing allegations put a damper on the team’s victory celebrations.
    not by a long shot – Raj topped his class in the exams, but not by a long shot.

  11. 1. I look forward to put my past behind & make a fresh start.
    2. I live in the vicinity of my college premises.
    3. Bhagat Singh did not follow Gandhiji’s footsteps of Non – Violence.
    4. Its high time I bring myself down to earth & start studying for my CAT.
    5. Saina Nehwal is the Golden girl of Badminton.
    6. A recently married couple have a lot of tête à tête…!!
    7. After working in the coal mines the Labourers Helmets looked black like skillets.
    8. The rising crime & corruption level in the country puts a damper on the country’s progress.

  12. put (something) behind one- You should put this bad result behind and try to work even more harder.
    in the vicinity of (something)- Due to the accident, he incurred expenses in the vicinity of Rs. 1L.
    follow in someone’s footsteps- The market situation seems to follow the 2008 recession’s footsteps again.
    a golden boy/girl- Cristiano Ronaldo is the golden boy of EURO-2012.
    bring (someone) down to earth- While I was in college, I thought it to be simple. But the struggle here in finding a job has brought me down to earth.
    a tete a tete- Yesterday I had a tete a tete with your Principal.
    black as a skillet- I didn’t dare to go because the corridor leading to her room was dark as a skillet.
    put a damper on (something)- Nobody in thge group except Bharat had failed in the exam. This had put a damper on everyone’s joys.
    not by a long shot- The last ball finish shows that India had lost not lost by a long shot.
    at point-black range- Despite the tight security, the President was shot at point-black range.

  13. 1.i want to put behind my all problems and start with a new life.
    2.the price of this bike is in the vicinity of 1 lakhs
    3.he follow his friends foot step and start get including in bad activities.
    4.koby bryant is a golden man for nba 2012.
    5.i think that cat is so simple but when i see a result it brings me down to earth.
    6.why you disturbing them let continue with a tete a tete.
    7.i don’t want to go there because i just hate black skillet.
    8.the bad result of cat put student in a damper.
    9.
    10.despite of of various promissse by the govt. again its happen a serioul bomb blast in delhi at point- black range.

  14. put (something) behind one-WE should try to put behind our problems and work hard for future.
    in the vicinity of (something)-The students should gather in the vicinity of the school campus.
    follow in someone’s footsteps-John followed his father’s footsteps and joined the family business.
    a tête à tête-The Managers of the two company were having a tête à tête conversation about the new deal to be signed.
    black as a skillet-The house in the village was as black as a skillet that we were frightened to enter.
    Put a damper on-The death of the son put damper on family during the Diwali festival.

  15. he was trying to put his sorrow of breakup behind him
    he was getting all the answers in the vicinity of 100
    he followed in his ancestor’s footsteps and carried the business
    everyone is looking forward to the golden boy of last olympics usain bolt
    the basement was black as a skillet
    he earned profit but not by a long shot
    john hunted a lion in the jungle at a point-blank range

  16. 1.I look forward to putting all my problems behind me.
    2.the price of a bungalow in the vicinity of 25 lacks.
    3.Follow in someone’s footsteps-She followed his brother’s footsteps & look where is he!
    4.A golden boy -Sachin is a golden boy of cricket.
    5.A tete a tete- Yesterday I had a tete a tete with my Teacher.

  17. You should put this bad result behind and try to work even more harder
    A golden boy -Rahul is a golden boy of cricket.
    Ram topped his class in the exams, but not by a long shot.

  18. 1) After death of Alisha’s Grandmom ,she tried to put behind all the memories.

    2) My Dad is ideal person for me ,that’s why I follow his footsteps.

    3) Vishvanath Anand is a golden boy of this chess championship.

    4) Please stay down to the earth don’t dream too much so that you cannot fulfil them.

    5) Riya & Siya were gossiping tete a tete so I didn’t joined them.

    6) My Uncle’s warehouse is black as a skillet,so I am afraid to go there.

    7) While playing dart game roman threw arrow at point blank range.

    8) I won badminton match not by a long shot.

  19. After the death of my friend i am trying to put behind our school days memories.
    In the vicinity the rain recorded at Cherapunjee is 1200cm annually.
    Its looking like that Virat Kholi is following Sachin’s footstep.
    Golden boy Nadal won the championship for 7 consecutive times.
    His exam result brought him down to the earth.
    After a tete a tete between ministers the rates of RBI were announced static.
    Stats lecture puts a dumper on our faces.
    His exam paper just got over not by a long shot.
    Even by aiming from point-blank range he missed it.

  20. put behind one- i left all ma hard core feelings and tried to move on.
    in the vicinity off- the expenses are rising in the vicinity than the savings
    follow in some one’s foot step- i followed ma own foot step to my success.
    black as a skillet- the cave was black as a skillet that we really got frightened
    put a damper on- the cold weather put a damper on our plans
    not by a long short- i won the match but not by a long short by a simple short

  21. put behind one- i left all ma hard core feelings and tried to move on.
    in the vicinity off- the expenses are rising in the vicinity than the savings
    follow in some one’s foot step- i followed ma own foot step to my success.
    black as a skillet- the cave was black as a skillet that we really got frightened
    put a damper on- the cold weather put a damper on our plans
    not by a long short- i won the match but not by a long short by a simple short
    bring down to the earth- thought as u grow up things are actually simple but as u start growing over things make you bring down to the earth
    golden boy- he had an golden opportunity to get in to the field which he had chosen for without any struggle

  22. golden boy – no doubt that Virat kohli is the golden boy in India’s middle order

    put something behind – sometimes putting behind our old memories is very important

    to follow someones footsteps – it seems as if India is following Chinas footsteps in order to gain nuclear supremacy

    in the vicinity of – The house is in the vicinity of the military camps

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