Check out These Car-Tastic Driving Related Idioms!
In this week’s blog post we are going to check out some driving related colloquial phrases. As usual these colloquial phrases are pretty useful and can be used in a variety of different situations.
1. All Roads Lead to Rome
Many methods will produce the same result, eg:
- It doesn’t really matter which part of the project you start with all roads lead to Rome.
This idiom is believed to have been first used by French poet Alain de Lille in 1175 when he wrote: “A thousand roads lead a man forever towards Rome.”
2. Have one for the Road
To have a last alcoholic drink before leaving, eg:
- Before I went home, she persuaded me to have one more for the road.
This phrase is thought to have originated from travelling salesmen in the early 1900s, who after a busy day of dealing with customers would have one last drink before returning home.
3. Put the Brakes on.
To Slow Something Down, eg:
- Higher coal prices put the brakes on industrial activities in the second quarter.
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4. Down the Road
In the future, eg:
- If you don’t do your homework now, it’ll be a problem down the road when you don’t know the material for the exam.
This idiom seems to have first appeared J.S Cutler’s poem Billy & I where in the 5th verse appears this line: “Well, Billy, we’re both great sinners, for we’ve both grown old, you know;
And we’ve only a little further adown the road to go;”
5. U Turn
A complete change in direction, eg:
- My father has always invested conservatively but this month he invested in a U-Turn and backed a completely speculative company.
I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any further questions, leave a comment below.