VOCABULARY - IDIOMS

Idioms about technology and science

Idioms about technology and science

  • acid test

    Meaning: The idiom acid test refers to a decisive test whose findings show the worth or quality of something.

  • bells and whistles

    Meaning: The phrase bells and whistles refers to extra, fancy add-ons or gadgets on something like a phone, a car or a computer.

  • blow a fuse

    Meaning: become uncontrolably angry; lose your temper.

  • bright as a button

    Meaning: intelligent.

  • button (up) one's lip

    Meaning: to stop talking.

  • click with someone or something

    Meaning: The phrase to click with someone or something means to immediately like someone or something.

  • cog in the machine

    Meaning: said about one part of a large system or organization

  • dad fetch my buttons

    Meaning: said to express a surprise.

  • have a short fuse

    Meaning: If you have or are on a short fuse, you have a tendency to lose your temper quickly.

  • have something down to a science

    Meaning: said when you are able to manage doing something very well.

  • hit the panic button

    Meaning: to panic suddenly

  • in tune (with somebody/something)

    Meaning: said when you have a good understanding of someone or something.

  • it's not rocket science

    Meaning: If something is not rocket science, it is not difficult to understand.

  • like clockwork

    Meaning: If something happens like clockwork, it means that it happens predictably, without any problems.

  • on the same wavelength

    Meaning: thinking in the same pattern or in agreement.

  • pull the plug

    Meaning: The phrase pull the plug means to put an end to an activity, preventing it from continuing.

  • push someone's buttons

    Meaning: draw a strong emotional reaction from someone, especially anger or sexual arousal.

  • reinvent the wheel

    Meaning: to waste one's time doing something that has already been done satisfactorily.

  • run out of steam

    Meaning: If you run out of steam, you lose the energy, enthusiasm or interest to continue doing something.

  • Spuntnick moment

    Meaning: The phrase Sputnik moment refers to a moment of challenge when a society or person realizes they must work harder to surpass their competitors.

  • the dismal science

    Meaning: The phrase the dismal science refers to the discipline of economics.

  • well-oiled machine

    Meaning: The phrase well-oiled machine refers to something that operates well.