Idioms connected with problematic situations

Problems and difficulties

Idioms related to situations based on get

– This has to be done by next week; we must get our act together before it’s too late.
[organise ourselves to respond; informal]
– We need a proper investigation to get to the bottom of things, [find the true explanation for the state of affairs]
– It’s quite difficult to get people to sit up and take notice, [make them pay attention]
– I’m trying to get a grasp of what’s happening; it’s not easy, [find out / understand]

Changes and stages in situations

– I’m afraid we’ve just come to a dead end with our plans.
– I think I’ve reached a turning-point in my career.

Some idioms connected with easing the situation

– The government and the unions have buried the hatchet for the time being. [ made peace / stopped fighting each other]
– All that trouble last year was just swept under the carpet in the end. [ignored / deliberately forgotten, without solving it]
– You should say sorry. It would go a long way. [would help a lot]