Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice Originally uploaded by waɪ.tiː A Hobson’s choice is a supposedly free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; “take it or leave it”. The phrase is said to originate from Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), […]

High and Dry

High and Dry Originally uploaded by waɪ.tiː If you leave someone high and dry it means you’re leaving them unsupported and helpless, or without any money. In this photo you can take it literally as the water has receded and left Captain Blaubar high and dry.

The local drinking hole

The local drinking hole Originally uploaded by waɪ.tiː “The local drinking hole” is slang for a pub or bar where you can get a drink. In this photo you’ll notice this is the bird’s local drinking hole.

Crack up

Crack up Originally uploaded by waɪ.tiː To crack up has several different meanings:- From the Free Dictionary:- 1. To praise highly: He was simply not the genius he was cracked up to be.2.a. To damage or wreck (a vehicle or vessel): crack up a plane; crack up a boat.b. To wreck a vehicle in an […]

A tough nut to crack

We use the idiom “a tough nut to crack” to talk about problems that are difficult to solve, or to talk about people who won’t do what you want them to. However, this video is about a nut that is really tough to crack.