170+ List of Idioms Starting with G | Idioms with Meaning

Idioms Starting with G | An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase. Some phrases which become figurative idioms, however, do retain the phrase’s literal meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.

Here are the list some of the Idioms starting with G:

idioms starting with g
idioms starting with g

Idioms Starting with G

Sr. No.IdiomMeaning
1Game onWhen someone says ‘Game on!’, it means that they are accepting a challenge or ready to get something done.
2Game planA game plan is a strategy.
3Garbage feeA garbage fee is a charge that has no value and doesn’t provide any real service.
4Garbage in, garbage outIf a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad.
5Gardening leaveIf someone is paid for a period when they are not working, either after they have given in their notice or when they are being investigated, they are on gardening leave.
6Gather paceIf events gather pace, they move faster.
7Gather steamIf something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed.
8Get a gripIf you get a grip, you control your emotions so that they don’t overwhelm you.
9Get a handle onWhen you get a handle on something, you come to understand it.
10Get a sheepskinGetting a sheepskin (or your sheepskin) means getting a degree or diploma. (Sheepskin refers to the parchment that a degree is printed on- parchment comes from sheepskin.)
11Get along famouslyIf people get along famously, they have an exceedingly good relationship.
12Get away scot-freeIf someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. (‘Get off scot-free’ is an alternative.)
13Get away with murderIf you get away with murder, you do something bad and don’t get caught or punished.(‘Get away with blue murder’ is also used.)
14Get back on the horse that bucked youWhen you start drinking again after being hungover from drinking the previous night.
15Get in on the actIf people want to get in on the act, they want to participate in something that is currently profitable or popular.
16Get in on the ground floorIf you get in on the ground floor, you enter a project or venture at the start before people know how successful it might be.
17Get it in the neckIf you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
18Get it off your chestIf you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
19Get my driftIf you get someone’s drift, you understand what they are trying to say. (‘Catch their drift’ is an alternative form.)
20Get off the groundIf a project or plan gets off the ground, it starts to be put into operation.

21Get on like a house on fireIf people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
22Get on your nervesIf something gets on your nerves, it annoys or irritates you.
23Get on your soapboxIf someone on their soapbox, they hold forth (talk a lot) about a subject they feel strongly about.
24Get out of bed on the wrong sideIf you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
25Get the axeIf you get the axe, you lose your job. (‘Get the ax’ is the American spelling.)
26Get the ball rollingIf you get the ball rolling, you start something so that it can start making progress.
27Get the green lightIf you get the green light to do something, you are given the necessary permission, authorization.
28Get the monkey off your backIf you get the monkey off your back, you pass on a problem to someone else.
29Get the nodIf you get the nod to something, you get approval or permission to do it.
30Get the pictureIf you get the picture, you understand a situation fully.
31Get the show on the roadIf you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.
32Get to gripsIf you get to grips with something, you take control and do it properly.
33Get up and goIf someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
34Get wind ofIf you get wind of something, you hear or learn about it, especially if it was meant to be secret.
35Get your ducks in a rowIf you get your ducks in a row, you organise yourself and your life.
36Get your feathers in a bunchIf you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
37Get your feet wetIf you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
38Get your goatIf something gets your goat, it annoys you.
39Get your hands dirtyIf you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.
40Get your head around somethingIf you get your head around something, you come to understand it even though it is difficult to comprehend.

41Get your teeth intoIf you get your teeth into something, you become involved in or do something that is intellectually challenging or satisfying. (‘Dig you teeth into’ and ‘sink your teeth into’ are also used.)
42Get your wires crossedIf people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements. (‘Get your lines crossed’ is also used.)
43Ghost of a chanceIf something or someone hasn’t got a ghost of a chance, they have no hope whatsoever of succeeding.
44Ghostly presenceYou can feel or otherwise sense a ghostly presence, but you cannot do it clearly only vaguely.
45Gift of the gabIf someone has the gift of the gab, they speak in a persuasive and interesting way.
46Gild the lilyIf you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
47Gilded cageIf someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.
48Girl FridayA girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.
49Give a big handApplaud by clapping hands. ‘Let’s give all the contestants a big hand.’
50Give a dog a bad nameA person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offense will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offense. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.
51Give and takeWhere there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.
52Give as good as you getIf you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
53Give it some stickIf you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
54Give me a handIf someone gives you a hand, they help you.
55Give me fiveIf someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of congratulation or greeting.
56Give someone a leg upIf you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn’t have done alone.
57Give someone a piece of your mindIf you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
58Give someone a run for their moneyIf you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
59Give someone enough ropeIf you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is ‘give someone enough rope and they’ll hang themselves)
60Give someone stickIf someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.

61Give someone the runaroundIf someone gives you the runaround, they make excuses and give you false explanations to avoid doing something.
62Give the nodIf you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it.
63Give up the ghostPeople give up the ghost when they die. Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.
64Give your eye teethIf you really want something and would be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get it, you would give your eye teeth for it.
65Given the day that’s in itThis idiom is used when something is obvious because of the day that it occurs: traffic, for example would be busy around a football stadium on game day, given the day that’s in it. On any other day the traffic would be unexplainable, but because its game day its obvious why there is traffic.
66Glass ceilingThe glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organizations.
67Glory houndA glory hound is a person seeking popularity, fame and glory.
68Gloves are offWhen the gloves are off, people start to argue or fight in a more serious way. (‘The gloves come off’ and ‘take the gloves off’ are also used. It comes from boxing, where fighters normally wear gloves so that they don’t do too much damage to each other.)
69Glutton for punishmentIf a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.
70Gnaw your vitalsIf something gnaws your vitals, it troubles you greatly and affects you at a very deep level. (‘Gnaw at your vitals’ is also used.)
71Go against the grainA person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.
72Go awryIf things go awry, they go wrong.
73Go bananasIf you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.
74Go blueIf you go blue, you are very cold indeed. (‘Turn blue’ is an alternative form.)
75Go bustIf a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
76Go by the boardWhen something has gone by the board, it no longer exists or an opportunity has been lost.
77Go by the boardsIf something goes by the boards, it fails to get approved or accepted.
78Go down like a cup of cold sickAn idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
79Go down like a lead balloonIf something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
80Go down swingingIf you want to go down swinging, you know you will probably fail, but you refuse to give up.

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81Go down without a fightIf someone goes down without a fight, they surrender without putting up any resistance.
82Go DutchIf you go Dutch in a restaurant, you pay equal shares for the meal.
83Go fly a kiteThis is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
84Go for brokeIf someone goes for broke, they risk everything they have for a potentially greater gain.
85Go for the jugularIf you go for the jugular, you attack someone where they are most vulnerable.
86Go fry an eggThis is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
87Go hand in handIf things go hand in hand, they are associated and go together.
88Go nutsIf someone goes nuts, they get excited over something.
89Go off on a tangentIf someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation or talk.
90Go over like a lead balloonIf something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
91Go overboardIf you go overboard, you do something excessively.
92Go pear-shapedIf things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
93Go play in trafficThis is used as a way of telling someone to go away.
94Go round in circlesIf people are going round in circles, they keep discussing the same thing without reaching any agreement or coming to a conclusion.
95Go southIf things go south, they get worse or go wrong.
96Go spareIf you go spare, you lose your temper completely.
97Go tell it to birdsThis is used when someone says something that is not credible or is a lie.
98Go the distanceIf you go the distance, you continue until something ends, no matter how difficult.
99Go the extra mileIf someone is prepared to go the extra mile, they will do everything they can to help or to make something succeed, going beyond their duty what could be expected of them.
100Go the whole hogIf you go the whole hog, you do something completely or to its limits.

101Go through the motionsWhen you go through the motions, you do something like an everyday routine and without any feelings whatsoever.
102Go to seedIf someone has gone to seed, they have declined in quality or appearance.
103Go to the wireIf someone goes to the wire, they risk their life, job, reputation, etc, to help someone.
104Go to your headIf something goes to your head, it makes you feel vain. If alcohol goes to your head, it makes you feel drunk quickly.
105Go under the hammerIf something goes under the hammer, it is sold in an auction.
106Go westIf something goes west, it goes wrong. If someone goes west, they die.
107Go with the flowIf you go with the flow, you accept things as they happen and do what everyone else wants to do.
108Go-to guyA go-to guy is a person whose knowledge of something is considerable so everyone wants to go to him or her for information or results.
109Going concernA successful and active business is a going concern.
110Going JesseIf something is a going Jesse, it’s a viable, successful project or enterprise.
111Going overboardIf you go overboard with something, then you take something too far, or do too much.
112Golden handshakeA golden handshake is a payment made to someone to get them to leave their job.
113Golden ruleThe golden rule is the most essential or fundamental rule associated with something. Originally, it was not a general reference to an all purpose first rule applicable to many groups or protocols, but referred to a verse in the Bible about treating people they way you would want them to treat you, which was considered the First Rule of behavior towards all by all.
114Golden touchSomeone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
115Gone fishingIf someone has gone fishing, they are not very aware of what is happening around them.
116Gone for a burtonIf something’s gone for a burton, it has been spoiled or ruined. If a person has gone for a burton, they are either in serious trouble or have died.
117Gone pear-shapedIf things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.
118Gone to potIf something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn’t work any more.
119Gone to the dogsIf something has gone to the dogs, it has gone badly wrong and lost all the good things it had.
120Good antennaeSomeone with good antennae is good at detecting things.

121Good as goldIf children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
122Good eggA person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
123Good fences make good neighborsThis means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. (‘Good fences make good neighbors’ is the American English spelling.)
124Good handIf you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
125Good SamaritanA good Samaritan is a person who helps others in need.
126Good shapeIf something’s in good shape, it’s in good condition. If a person’s in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
127Good spellA spell can mean a fairly or relatively short period of time; you’ll hear weather forecasts predict a dry spell. Sports commentators will say that a sportsperson is going through a good spell when they’re performing consistently better than they normally do.
128Good timeIf you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
129Good to goSomeone or something that meets one’s approval. ‘He is good to go.’ ‘The idea you had is good to go.’
130Good walls make good neighborsYour relationship with your neighbors depends, among other things, on respecting one another’s privacy.
131Goody two-shoesA goody two-shoes is a self-righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue.
132Grab the bulls by its hornsIf you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem.
133Grain of saltIf you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn’t necessarily believe it all. (‘pinch of salt’ is an alternative)
134Grasp the nettleIf you grasp the nettle, you deal bravely with a problem. Grass may be greener on the other side but it’s just as hard to mow ‘The grass may be greener on the other side but it’s just as hard to mow’ is an expression used to mean a person’s desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
135Grass rootsThis idioms is often used in politics, where it refers to the ordinary people or voters. It can be used to mean people at the bottom of a hierarchy.
136Grass widowA grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own.
137Graveyard shiftIf you have to work very late at night, it is the graveyard shift.
138Gravy trainIf someone is on the gravy train, they have found and easy way to make lots of money.
139Grease monkeyA grease monkey is an idiomatic term for a mechanic.
140Grease someone’s palmIf you grease someone’s palm, you bribe them to do something.

141Grease the skidsIf you grease the skids, you facilitate something.
142Greased lightningIf something or someone moves like greased lightning, they move very fast indeed.
143Great gunsIf something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well.
144Great ScottAn exclamation of surprise.
145Great unwashedThis is a term used for the working class masses.
146Great white hopeSomeone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
147Greek to meIf you don’t understand something, it’s all Greek to you.
148Green around the gillsIf someone looks green around the gills, they look ill.
149Green fingersSomeone with green fingers has a talent for gardening.
150Green lightIf you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something.
151Green thumbSomeone with a talent for gardening has a green thumb.
152Green with envyIf you are green with envy, you are very jealous.
153Green-eyed monsterThe green-eyed monster is an allegorical phrase for somebody’s strong jealousy.
154GreenhornA greenhorn or someone who is described simply as green lacks the relevant experience and knowledge for their job or task.
155Grey areaA grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong.
156Grey CardinalSomeone who is a Grey Cardinal exerts power behind the scenes, without drawing attention to himself or herself.
157Grey cells‘Grey cells’ means ‘brain’ Eg: Use your grey cells to understand it.
158Grey matterGrey/gray matter is the human brain.
159Grey poundIn the UK, the grey pound is an idiom for the economic power of elderly people.
160Grey suitsThe men in grey suits are people who have a lot of power in business or politics, but aren’t well-known or charismatic.

161Grin and bear itIf you have to grin and bear it, you have to accept something that you don’t like.
162Grin like a Cheshire catIf someone has a very wide smile, they have a grin like a Cheshire cat.
163Grinds my gearSomething that is very annoying grinds your gear.
164Grist for the millSomething that you can use to your advantage is grist for the mill. (‘Grist to the mill’ is also used.)
165Guinea-pigIf you are a guinea-pig, you take part in an experiment of some sort and are used in the testing.
166Gunboat diplomacyIf a nation conducts its diplomatic relations by threatening military action to get what it wants, it is using gunboat diplomacy.
167Gung hoIf someone is gung ho about something, they support it blindly and don’t think about the consequences.

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