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  • 10 Useful Horse Idioms 1.You’re backing the wrong horse / You’re betting on the wrong horse. (= You are supporting the wrong person, organization, etc. that cannot succeed) 2.You’re beating a ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 1:19 PM by Muayad Jajo
  • Don't Burn Your Bridges This means "Don't take a step unless you are sure you can go back."Legend has it that when Troy fell, women prevented their husbands from retreating by burning ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 2:05 PM by Muayad Jajo
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10 Useful Horse Idioms

posted Jul 5, 2016, 1:12 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 1:19 PM ]



1.You’re backing the wrong horse / You’re betting on the wrong horse. (= You are supporting the wrong person, organization, etc. that cannot succeed)


2.You’re beating a dead horse / You’re flogging a dead horse. (= You are continuing to argue a point that has already been settled)


3.Hold your horses. (= Try to be patient)


4.Never look a gift horse in the mouth. (= Don’t complain about a gift which is not perfect)


5.You’re locking the barn door after the horse is gone. (= You’re trying to fix a problem after it is too late)


6.You’re putting the cart before the horse. (= You’re doing things in the wrong order)


7.I got it straight from the horse’s mouth. (= I got this news from the source)


8.You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. (= You can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to)


9.He eats like a horse. (= He eats a lot)


10.Don’t change horses in midstream. (= Don’t make changes to a plan which you already started implementing)

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Don't Burn Your Bridges

posted Jun 23, 2016, 2:04 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 2:05 PM ]

This means "Don't take a step unless you are sure you can go back."

Legend has it that when Troy fell, women prevented their husbands from retreating by burning their boats.

Here is an example of how to use this idiom today:
"Look.  I know you want to go abroad because you like it there.  But by selling your house and giving up all your business here you are burning your bridges.  Don't you think someday you might want to come back here?"






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