English Idioms with words Bad, Big
|a bad lot
||inf. a person with bad personal qualities
||He was in prison for looting. He's a bad lot.
|a bad patch
||a period of difficulty or problems
||Their marriage is going through a bad patch.
|be in someone's bad books
||be out of favour with someone
||If you don’t get the report finished by tomorrow, you’ll be in your boss's bad books.
|give something up as a bad job
||try to do something because it seems very unlikely to succeed
||He started learning English three times, but he didn’t make much progress. So now he’s given it up as a bad job.
|go from bad to worse
||Business is going from bad to worse - they may have to close down the company.
|(It’s/That’s) too bad
||it’s a pity
|| It's too bad that you can’t come to my party. I'll miss you.
|make the best of a bad job
||to do the best one can in a difficult situation
|| He didn’t get to university to study marketing. He’s decided to make the best of a bad job and go into banking.
|a big hit
||something/someone very popular with others
||Your new flat is a big hit with your parents. They think it’s perfect for you.
|a big mouth
||(informal) someone who boasts, exaggerates, makes promises he doesn’t keep etc.
||'He says he’ll take me to his yacht one day.' 'Well, don’t believe it. He’s just a big mouth.
|a big noise/shot
||(informal) an important person with influence
||There’s some big noise coming up from headquarters tomorrow, so we’ll have to prepare for it.
|in a big way
||on a large scale
||They invited over a hundred guests to their wedding party. They always do things in a big way.
|give somebody a big hand
||applaud someone with enthusiasm
||He acted very well in the drama group’s performance. He was given a big hand.
| make it big
||slang be very successful, usually in business
||His dream was to make it big in television.
|a big cheese
||the most important person in a group; somebody who thinks that s/he is the most important
||He is a big cheese at work so he seems to think that he can boss us around at home, too.
|| terrific! great!
||'I won! I won!' 'Big deal! You were the only contestant!
|a big fish in a little/small pond
||someone who is important in a small group, company, unit etc.
||He prefers to be a big fish in a small pond, so he works for a small family-owned company.