If we want to describe a type of
music, or person or even an organisation that is not extreme we can say they’re ‘middle-of-the-road’.
I used to love metal. These days I prefer something a little more
If we want to talk about
something that’s far in the future, we say ‘it’s a long way down the
I’m not sure if we're ever going to get there. No, Belgium still seems to be a long way down the road.
If someone wastes time trying to
create something that has already been made, we say they’re ‘reinventing the wheel’.
We've had a lot of experience with disasters, and don't have to reinvent the wheel every time something happens.
If we really don't want to get
involved with something, we can say, 'I'd run a mile'.
Ah, my boss. He wants me to wear more 'normal' clothes. But if he tried to get me to dress like that, I'd run a mile.
If you start to do something
after it has become successful or popular we say
you’re jumping on the bandwagon.
Publishers jumped on the CD-ROM bandwagon even though they didn't know if they could sell CD-ROMs.