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8 common idioms inspired by science

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东南西北人 发表于 2021-7-25 16:38:40 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Take a look at eight common idioms we use in our daily life that are inspired by science.
1. It's not rocket science
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When someone says that something is not rocket science, it means it's not difficult. In other words, it's easy to do or understand. This idiom is probably inspired by the study of rocket science which isn't exactly easy.
"Have you solved that math problem? It's not rocket science you know."

"Just watch and learn the steps. This isn't rocket science."

2. To be on the same wavelength
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In science, a wavelength is the distance between two waves of energy. But the expression to be on the same wavelength has a different meaning. This idiom is used when people think in a similar way and understand each other well.
"It's good when everyone's on the same wavelength. We can move forward with the plans."

3. Push one's buttons When it comes to machines, there are lots of buttons you need to push to switch devices on and off. To push one's buttons means to deliberately provoke someone.
"Even though I had briefed them clearly, they did not follow the instructions. They really know how to push my buttons."

If someone is getting annoyed with you, they may say it directly to you:
"Don't push my buttons!"

4. To pull the plug
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To pull the plug means to stop or prevent something from happening.
"The company had to shut down because the investor pulled the plug."

5. A cog in the machine
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A cog in the machine is an idiom. It is used to talk about people who feels like they are insignificant in a large organisation.
"He felt like he was a cog in the machine so he quit his job and decided to do something different."

6. Once in a blue moon
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Once in a blue moon is used to talk about something that happens very infrequently. Just like a blue moon which is not an everyday occurrence.
"We meet once in a blue moon so we have lots to catch up on when we meet."



7. To blow a fuse
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To blow a fuse can mean to become very angry and lose one's temper.
"If the kids spend all their pocket money without saving, their parents will blow a fuse."

8. To reinvent the wheel
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To reinvent the wheel can mean to waste time by trying to create something that's already been done.

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