|blow the competition away||to outdo all the other competitors||She was a far better swimmer than anyone else there – she blew the competition away.|
|out of someone’s league
||to be much better than someone else||I don’t understand how Tom and Lily got together. She’s way out of his league!|
|skate on thin ice
||to be in a precarious position||The boss is in a bad mood today. If you keep cracking jokes around him instead of doing your work, you’re skating on thin ice.|
||short break or pause||Will you two please stop fighting for a minute? Take a time-out!|
|Not all that glitters is gold.||not everything that looks good is actually good||
– Christian seems to get along so well with his family. I’ve never seen them arguing.
|worth one’s/its weight in gold
||very valuable/useful||True friends are worth their weight in gold.|
|Silence is golden.
||sometimes it’s better to be quiet than to talk||
– Can I borrow your books? I promise I’ll give them back soon. The weather’s so lovely today. Shall we go to the lake? But perhaps it’s already too late for that. Look! I bought this today. Do you like it? You’re not saying anything!
|every cloud has a silver lining
||everything that’s bad also has a good side to it||If I I hadn’t lost my job, I wouldn’t have met my boyfriend – we met at the employment agency! I guess every cloud has a silver lining.|
|on a silver platter
||to get something without having to put out any effort||She never had to work. She got everything handed to her on a silver platter.|
||to be an eloquent, convincing speaker||He only had to describe his business concept and the sponsors immediately agreed to finance it. He’s truly a silver-tongued devil!|
|born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
||to be the child of rich parents||He’s used to luxury. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.|