🚘 5 unusual English idioms related to transport
✅ That ship has sailed
Meaning: an opportunity is already lost
● Example: We’re good friends but I don’t think we’ll ever be anything more to each other—that ship has sailed.
✅ I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it
Meaning: to avoid creating difficulties for oneself before it is necessary
Alan: Where will we stop tonight?
Jane: At the next town.
Alan: What if all the hotels are full?
Jane: Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.
✅ You shouldn’t just jump on the bandwagon
Meaning: To join or follow something once it is successful or popular.
● Example: I can’t stand these people who just jump on the bandwagon after a win. Where were they last year when the team was terrible?
✅ You drive me round the bend
Meaning: to make someone angry or tired
● Example: A week on vacation with my relatives is enough to drive me around the bend.
✅ You threw me under the bus (to throw under the bus)
Meaning: to assign blame or responsibility to another person.
● Example: Their manager never hesitates to throw an underling under the bus when something goes wrong in the office.