Get Foot In The Door, Go Dutch, Goose Bumps | Common English Idioms

Get foot in the door

To get your foot in the door is to start working in a company at a low level hoping that you will be able to reach higher positions from there.

  • Although it was not a great position, I decided to accept it. At least it would help me get my foot in the door.
  • These days I am finding it difficult to get my foot in the door. I don’t even get a job interview.
  • I think you should accept that offer. It is an opportunity to get your foot in the door.
  • I think you should do internship for them. It will help you get your foot in the door.
  • In these troubled economic times it is hard to get your foot in the door.

Get under one’s skin

To get under somebody’s skin is to annoy or bother him.

  • My landlady is very annoying. She always gets under my skin.
  • I can’t stand my new boss. He keeps getting under my skin.
  • That loud music is getting under my skin.
  • My kid brother is very messy. He is starting to get under my skin.

Go Dutch

When you go Dutch, you pay your own expenses on a date or outing.

  • ‘No, you don’t have to pay for my drinks. We’ll go Dutch.’
  • ‘I expected him to pay for me, but he didn’t. Actually, we had to go Dutch on the whole date.’
  • ‘I was willing to pay for her but she insisted that we go Dutch.’
  • ‘Whenever I go out with my friends, I always insist on going Dutch. I don’t want anyone to pay for me’.

Other idioms with Dutch

In Dutch

When you are in Dutch you are in trouble.

Goose bumps

You get or have goose bumps when you are very excited, cold or scared.

  • I get goose bumps whenever I am scared.
  • Everybody gets goose bumps when they are cold.
  • I was so inspired by the story that I got goose bumps all over my body.
  • I had goose bumps when our cricket team won the World Cup.
  • That film was so scary. I couldn’t help getting goose bumps the whole time.

Phrases that express similar ideas are: jolt of excitement, tingling sensation

  • I felt a jolt of excitement when our team won the World Cup.
  • I had a tingling sensation run across my body when I heard the good news.

Manjusha Nambiar

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