queen bee
the most important woman

– examples

“There is no doubt that Anne is the queen bee in the office; whatever she says is listened to by everyone.”


(just) a question of time
it will happen, we just don’t know when

– examples

The people will get tired of these politics soon. It is just a question of time.

Anna and Phil will break up; it is just a question of time.


quick off the mark
very fast to get started

– examples

“Dave already has the new album? He’s quick off the mark: it only went on sale yesterday.”


quick fix
the quickest, easiest solution (but one that will probably break soon)

– examples

The reason this company is in trouble is because they don’t look for the right solution, but instead the quick fix.

“I’m not looking for a change of my personality. I just want a quick fix so I can feel better about myself for a few days.”


quiet before the storm
(also: ‘lull before the storm’)
a period of quiet and peace before the major problems arrive

– examples

“Things have been a lot more peaceful at work recently.”
“Yes, but I think this is the quiet before the storm: Phil and Dave are back next week, and the rumours are that they are going to fire some people.”