Idioms about Success

This is a list of idioms about success with definitions and examples

alive and kicking

(also be alive and well) to continue to be well, healthy or successful.
1. Don't worry about your grandfather; he is alive and kicking. 2. Classical music is still alive and kicking among youngsters

back the wrong horse

to support someone or something that later cannot be successful.
Don't back the wrong horse! You know he cannot win the elections.

count one's chickens before they hatch

To assume success too early, before it is certain.
It's too soon to cry victory. Don't count your chicken before they hatch!

dead loss

something described as a dead loss is absolutely unsuccessful or useless (a complete failure)
When it comes to math, my sisiter is a dead loss.


said about a world where people do anything to be successful.
It's disheartening to know that we are living in a dog-eat-dog world.

every dog has its day

everyone has a time of success and satisfaction.
You may become successful in your business someday. Every dog has his day.

green-eyed monster

envy, jealousy, covetousness
1. "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on." William Shakespeare 2. His success aroused the green-eyed monster in his friend.

hit a home run

to be successful.
They hit a home run with their excellent performance in the new play.

home free

to be certain of being successful because you have finished the most difficult part.
Once you hand in the last part of your dissertation, you're home free.

I'll eat my hat

said to suggest that you will be surprised if something happens.
If his business becomes successful, I'll eat my hat.

in the bag

Certain or extremely likely to occur; assured about the success of somoething.
Don't worry about the final exam. It's in the bag.

jump on the bandwagon

To profit from a craze; to join a trend.
After the incredible success of the new product, the company has jumped on the bandwagon, and released a new version of it.

keep one's eye on the ball

to remain alert to the events occurring around oneself.
To be successful in this business, you'll have to keep your eye on the ball.

put one's shoulder to the wheel

to start hard work; to begin to toil.
Just put your shoulder to the wheel. If you keep working hard, you’ll be successful one day!

the mother of all

an extreme example which is the biggest, most impressive, or most important of its kind.
Failure is the mother of all success.

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