to reverse the fortunes of two things or people
Traditionally United have been the stronger team in the city, but recently City have turned the tables.
“For years you made me make your coffee, clean up your office, and do all your dirty work. But now the tables have turned, haven’t they: you do what I say, or you’re fired!”
tackle (a problem)
“If we can’t tackle the high staff turnover, I’m afraid we are always going to be losing money.”
take a hike
“Take a hike Dave. We don’t need you here wasting our time.”
take a rain check
“Do you want to come out for a drink?”
“I’m afraid I’m going to have to take a rain check tonight – got a big test tomorrow. But I’ll see you next week, right?”
take a straw poll
The newspaper said that a straw poll of voters believe that the President got the issue wrong, but we will have to wait until election night to see how wrong.
“Can I just take a quick straw poll of who here thinks we should go ahead with this plan?”
to be surprised by how events are happening
“I always thought Phil a bit of a mummy’s boy, so when I saw him beat Dave up I was quite taken aback.”
take by storm
His new play, ‘Frog Genocide’, took both London and New York by storm.
This year he has taken the league by storm, putting in many game-winning performances.
take by the scruff of the neck
to take complete control of something when it is is danger of getting out of control; to take complete control when others are wasting time or dithering
The boss was pleased with Dave’s performance, especially how he took the last project by the scruff of the neck when others in his team were losing interest.
take (something) for granted
It was only after his wife left him that Dave realised how he had taken her for granted.
“You can’t take it for granted that this year will be as good as last year; you have to keep working hard.”
(walking) time bomb
(‘ticking time-bomb’ does not have to be a person)
He is a good player, but is also a ticking time-bomb; if the opponents can annoy him enough, he will probably explode.
you’re finished; it’s all over; (threat) you’re dead
“Oh god, I crashed the car. When Dad finds out, I’m toast.”
“If you break anything, you’re toast.”