Advanced Idioms - Success and Failure
Complete the following sentences with the words from the box.
coffin | heart | flying | blank | house | dust | sweep | alley | feather | occasion
The young singer's performance brought the
down; the applause lasted for about ten minutes.
His first experiment was a blind
, but the second one gave him very promising results.
The Court's decision is yet another European nail in the
of British liberties.
Certainly it is a very poor play - but what a challenge for the actors and how well they rose to the
George was rather nervous taking his final exam, but he passed with
Judging by all that noise coming from my car, I'm pretty sure it's about to bite the
To help him over his ordeal she has bought him the mountain bike he had set his
My wife drew a
when we were getting interviewed at my son's school. I hope that he gets in now.
Ann will have one more
in her cap after she has finished this incredibly difficult assignment.
In an effort to save the firm, the board of directors is making a clean
of all upper management.
bring the house down
make an audience laugh or applaud very enthusiastically
a course of action leading nowhere
nail in the coffin
an event, decision
, that can lead to the failure
rise to the occasion
perform better than usual in response to a special situation
with flying colours
bite the dust
die, fail, or be defeated
set your heart on sth
want to get or achieve something very much
draw a blank
fail to find something that you are looking for
feather in one's cap
an achievement to be proud of
make a clean sweep
get rid of everything unnecessary or unwanted