be on the ball
get on the ball
have on the ball
Paying attention and doing things well. Used after is or get.
Ben is really on the ball in school.
The coach told Jim he must get on the ball or he cannot stay on the team.
Jim was the only one who caught that serious error in the bookkeeping statements. He’s really on the ball.
Ella was certainly on the ball when she remembered to reconfirm our flight arrangements. All the rest of us would have forgotten.
John will succeed in life; he has a lot on the ball.
The coach was eager to try out his new team and see what they had on the ball.
That is a skill or ability; making you good at things. Used after have.
I can't believe Molly got that report done so quickly - she really has something on the ball.
I'm so glad that my assistant has something on the ball because I'm too scatterbrained to manage my schedule on my own.
burn one's fingers
get one's fingers burned
To get in trouble doing something and fear to do it again; learn caution through an unpleasant experience.
Попасть однажды в трудную ситуацию, и боятся снова попасть в такое-же положение.
He had burned his fingers in the stock market once, and didn't want to try again.
Some people can't be told; they have to burn their fingers to learn.
My father burned his fingers in the stock market and he does not want to invest money there again.
Мой отец обжег руки на рынке ценных бумаг и не хочет больше вкладывать туда деньги.
He got his fingers so badly burnt in the last elections that he decided to withdraw from politics.
Он так обжегся на предыдущих выборах, что решил уйти из политики.
cat got one's tongue
cat get one's tongue
You are not able or willing to talk because of shyness. Usually used about children or as a question to children.
Быть не способным ясно говорить из-за стеснения; "проглотить язык". Обычно используется в разговоре о детях или в вопросах к детям.
Tommy's father asked Tommy if the cat had got his tongue.
The little girl had a poem to recite, but the cat got her tongue.
He sounds like cat's got his tongue.
Он говорит очень неясно, непонятно.
The cat suddenly got my tongue in the middle of my speech. Thank God, some of the students began to ask me questions.
Я вдруг "проглотил язык" посередине своей речи. Слава Богу, кое-кто из студентов начал задавать мне вопросы.
feet on the ground
get one's feet on the ground
keep one's feet on the ground
have one's feet planted firmly in the ground
An understanding of what can be done; sensible ideas. Used with a possessive.
John has his feet on the ground; he knows he cannot learn everything at once.
Ted dreams of sudden riches, but Henry keeps his feet on the ground and expects to work for his money.
Mrs. Smith was a dreamer, but her husband was a man with his feet on the ground.
find one's bearings
get one's bearings
To know where one is or where one is headed.
"Without a compass," the sergeant warned the enlisted men, "you will never find your bearings in the desert."
foot in the door
get one's foot in the door
The first step toward getting or doing something; a start toward success; opening.
Don't let Jane get her foot in the door by joining the club or soon she'll want to be president.
To do something one should have remembered not to do; do something below one's usual conduct although one knows better; let one's self-control slip.
He forgot himself only once at dinner - when he belched.
He knew he should hold his temper, but because of the trouble he forgot himself and began to shout.
get along in years
get on in years
Elderly; growing old.
As Grandfather got on in years, he became quiet and thoughtful.
Our dog isn 't very playful because it is getting on in years.
My father is getting along in years; he will be ninety on his next birthday.