Sunday, 6 January 2013

Idioms with 'right'

Keep on the right side of someone = to have friendly relations e.g. He has a lot of power in the company so I want to keep on his right side.

Be on the right track = act or think in a way that will lead to a correct conclusion e.g. Unfortunately, we haven’t found a solution yet but we’re on the right track.

Get something right = understand something correctly e.g. Did I get it right? Are you actually going to refuse the position?

Go right = to happen successfully e.g. I hope everything goes right with our new company.

In one’s right mind = to be sensible e.g. Why did you tell all those lies? Are you in your right mind?

In the right = to be legally or morally correct e.g. I think that driver was in the right. He stopped at the traffic lights.

Mr Right = a woman’s ideal marriage partner e.g. She thinks she is going to find Mr Right on the internet so she’s joined an on-line dating service.

Set someone right = to correct a mistaken idea e.g. We need to set the committee right. The budget we have is low so we can’t spend so much money.

Right away = immediately e.g. I’ll call Mr Chen right away. He’s expecting you.

Right-hand man = trusted deputy e.g. If you can’t find Mr Li try his right-hand man, Mr Wang.

Serve someone right = to be what someone deserves e.g. It serves him right that he didn’t pass. Can you believe that he didn’t open a single book?

Give one’s right arm = pay any price or make a sacrifice e.g. I’d give my right arm for the new i-phone. I’ve dreamt of having that for a long time.

Have one’s heart in the right place = to be kind despite seeming not to be e.g. Everyone seems to think he is rude and unapproachable but he’s got his heart in the right place.

Two wrongs don’t make a right = A second error does not cancel a first e.g. I don’t think it’s a good idea to seek revenge. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Too right! = I totally agree e.g. Too right! He should have won an Oscar for his performance.

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