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Idioms List Relating to House, Furniture & Fittings

darken somebody’sdoorJust get out of here and never darken my door again!
the door swings both ways“You never call me.” “You don’t contact me either. The door swings both ways you know!”
open doors to-from somethingA degree from a top university generally opens doors to major companies.
dead as a doornailThey’ve started fighting again, so the peace agreement is now as dead as
a doornail.
hammer homeThe police hammered home the dangers of drinking and driving.
fly off the handleDad flew off the handle when I told him I had damaged his new car.
bring the housedownIf he sings like that on Saturday, he’ll bring the house down.
on the houseThe new owner offered us a drink on the house.
put house in orderYou should put your house in order before telling me what to do!
under the knifeI’m not worried about the anaesthetic.  I’ve been under the knife several times. 
light bulb momentHarry had a light-bulb moment when he finally realized what was blocking the mechanism.
see in a new lightAfter listening to my colleague, I began to see things in a new light.
big pictureWhile each aspect is important, try not to forget the big picture.
picture of healthNice to see you again Mr. Brown.  I must say you look the picture of health!
a picture is worth a thousand wordsLook at the picture of the crash! A picture is worth a thousand words isn’t it?
get the pictureThe alarm went off and people started running everywhere – you get the picture I’m sure!
put in the pictureSome changes were made during your absence.  Let me put you in the picture.
a lot on your plateIt’s not a good time to discuss the problem with David.  He’s got a lot on his plate at the moment.
want head on a platterHe was so angry when he read the article about his family that he wanted the journalist’s head on a platter.
pot calling kettle blackAfter being disqualified for not obeying the rules, the player accused another competitor of cheating; it was the pot calling the kettle black!
raise the roofThe concert was such a success, the audience raised the roof.
sweep under the rugThey tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug.
no strings attachedI managed to get a loan with no strings attached.
put/lay one’s cards on the tableLet’s clean the air and put our cards on the table.
bang one’s head against a brick wallI’ve been banging my head against a brick wall trying to explain the internet to my grandmother! 
like talking to a brick wallI tried to discuss the problem with him but it was like talking to a brick wall.
writing on the wallWe all knew Larry was going to lose his job, but he refused to see the writing on the wall.
bounce off the wallsDanny can’t wait to start his new job.  He’s bouncing off the walls.
window on the worldThe internet has become a window on the world.
window shoppingI haven’t been paid yet,  so I can only go window shopping.
 go out the windowWhen the plant closed down, all hopes of finding a job went out the window.

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