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 horseto support someone or something that later cannot be successful.
Don't back the wrong horse! You know he cannot win the elections.
be dead in the waterThe idiom dead in the water means that something is unsuccessful and it seems impossible that it will be successful in the future.The whole economy is dead in the water.
count one's chickens before they hatchTo assume success too early, before it is certain.It's too soon to cry victory. Don't count your chicken before they hatch!
dead losssomething described as a dead loss is absolutely unsuccessful or useless (a complete failure)When it comes to math, my sisiter is a dead loss.
dog-eat-dogsaid 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 dayeveryone has a time of success and satisfaction.You may become successful in your business someday. Every dog has his day.
green-eyed monsterenvy, jealousy, covetousness1. "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 runto be successful.They hit a home run with their excellent performance in the new play.
home freeto 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 hatsaid to suggest that you will be surprised if something happens.
If his business becomes successful, I'll eat my hat.
in the bagCertain 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 bandwagonTo 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 ballto 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 wheelto 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 allan extreme example which is the biggest, most impressive, or most important of its kind.
Failure is the mother of all success.