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An idiom is an expression whose meaning is different from the meaning of the individual words. Many idioms come from words related to transportation and travel.

Try to guess the meanings of the following idioms. Then look at the definitions below.

1. The business is flying high at the moment.
2. If you intend to go trekking, you’d better travel light.
3. He likes to stay at work late so he can miss the rush hour.
4. I got caught in a traffic jam this morning, so I was an hour late for work.
5. When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
6. Now that he is the manager of the office, he is in the driver’s seat.
7. Please turn down that music. It is driving me crazy!
8. The English test was no problem for Tom. He sailed through it!
9. It’s getting late and we’ve got a long way to go. Let’s hit the road.
10. Please don’t interrupt me. I don’t want to lose my train of thought.



  • Flying high means be successful
  • When you travel light, you travel with as little luggage as possible
  • The times each day when there is a lot of traffic because people are travelling to or from work
  • A long line of cars, etc. that cannot move or that can only move very slowly
  • They are in the same unpleasant or difficult situation
  • If you are in the driving or in the driver’s seat, you are in charge of something or in control of situation
  • If something drives you crazy it bothers, upsets or annoys you
  • If you sail through something, you succeed in doing it
  • If you hit the road, you leave or start a journey
  • A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say





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