play it by ear
To play it by ear means to deal with a situation by reacting as things happen, rather than having a plan.
-Would you like to get together next week? – I don’t know yet because I’m a bit busy, so let’s just play it by ear.
be on the right track
When you are on the right track, you are doing something in a way that will bring good results.
Your extended writing draft suggests that you’re on the right track. You’ve shown a good understanding of using sources and writing critically, but you need to be a bit careful with your paragraphing.
put all your eggs in one basket
To put all your eggs in one basket means to depend for your success on a single plan or person.
I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket, so I applied for several master’s programmes, not just the one in the University of Edinburgh.
a bite off more than one can chew
To bite off more than you can chew means you are trying to do too much or something that is too difficult.
I think I bit off more than I could chew when I accepted to organise this party.
in the long run
In the long run means not immediately, but at a time in the future.
I know it involves putting in more effort now, but I think it’s the best solution in the long run.
speak of the devil
You say ‘speak of the devil’ when somebody you’ve been talking about appears unexpectedly.
Did you hear what happened to James yesterday – oh, speak of the devil, here he is.
have/get butterflies (in your stomach)
If you have/get butterflies in your stomach, you have a nervous feeling in your stomach before doing something.
I always get butterflies in my stomach before a performance no matter how much I’ve practised.
a piece of cake
When something is a piece of cake, it is very easy to do.
I’m sure the exam next week will be a piece of cake for me. I’ve been studying for weeks!
slip my mind
If something slips your mind, you forget it, or forget to do it.
-What was his name again? – I’m afraid it’s slipped my mind.
think on your feet
To think on your feet means to be able to think and react to things very quickly.
Even though preparation is vital, you might have to think on your feet when you are taking part in a seminar.