Hey fellas! In this #IOTW session, I’m going to share ten idioms that involve roads and paths. So, without further ado, let me present them to you…
Cross your path: to happen to you, e.g., I hope you’ll gain the strength you need to face whatever crosses your path.
Bump in the road: A problem that arises and interferes with forward progress (usually only temporarily), e.g., We hit some bumps in the road during the research, but our paper finally made it to the publication.
Off the beaten path/track: away from the frequently traveled routes; not known or popular with many people, e.g., She explored that hill and found a nice little antique shop off the beaten path.
Lead someone down the garden path: to deceive someone, e.g., When traveling alone, always be careful in order to not let a stranger take advantage of you and lead you down the garden path.
Go down that road: to decide to take a particular action that you can not easily undo, e.g., Well, you can lie your way into dating her, but you know the consequences. Are you sure you want to go down that road?
Hot on the trail: very close to finding something or catch up with someone, e.g., Can you call me again later? I’m hot on the trail of my lost cat right now.
On the right track: in progress toward the desired result, e.g., Fred starts to feel that his team is finally on the right track to finding the culprit.
Where the rubber meets the road: at the point in a process where there are challenges, issues, or problems, e.g., Writing down every sentence that comes to your mind is the easy part. Rearranging them to make a good essay is where the rubber meets the road.
Lose track: to no longer be informed or know about something or someone, e.g., I lost track of all my elementary school friends since I left Sumatra.
Royal road: a way or method that presents no difficulties, e.g., There is no royal road to a real success.
And that’s that, fellas. You can try to use those idioms once in a while in your writing or daily conversation. Just remember not to overuse them.
Source: Farlex Dictionary of Idioms, McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
Compiled and written by @fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on September 15, 2016.