The puzzling world of idioms...
Idioms, they can be entertaining, but why do we use them? Well, personally I love to use idioms... They make conversations more captivating, compelling, alluring and even amusing! All languages have their own idioms... but most are lost in translation. The best way to learn idioms, I find, is to learn about their origin. But never translate them... they will not make sense in your own language! (but they will make for a good chuckle!)
Nothing to lose...
A person will take a risk knowing that they won't lose anything, or someone convinces them to invest in a product on the promise that they have 'nothing to lose'.
Literally speaking, we all do have something to lose! We could lose our lives... but it's a figure of speech.
"I know that you have fallen out with him many times, but why don't you just apologise? Come on! What have you got to lose?"
To jump on the bandwagon...
"Everyone is signing up to go skiing.... I think I'll jump on the bandwagon and sign up too!"
Do you have similar idioms in your language?
Why don't you tell us about them?
captivating; (adj) capable of attracting and holding interest; charming.
compelling; (adj) evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way.
alluring; (adj) powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating, seductive.
chuckle (noun) a quiet or suppressed laugh.
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