English Idioms Related To Technology

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Learn idioms related to technology. Here I have 10 interesting English idioms that are connected with technology. Nuts and bolts. Blow the fuse. Get your wires crossed.

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English idioms related to technology

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In this particular podcast episode, we’re going to take a little bit of a look at technology, and we’re going to learn English idioms related to technology.

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Let’s go through them one by one.

The first one:

to pull the plug

Meaning: to stop something in its tracks, to stop it immediately


The government has pulled the plug on any future people being able to take advantage of this particular tax loophole by changing the legislation.

The business was not doing very well in the last 3 months, and the owners decided to pull the plug.

to blow a fuse

Meaning: when somebody blows a fuse, they get angry or agitated very quickly, and they really explode

When you plug in the toaster, you plug in the microwave, you plug in the hairdryer then a fuse blows, and everything stops working because we’ve overloaded the sockets.


The customer is going to blow a fuse if we don’t deliver it on time.

We can also use it in the negative.


I’m sorry, Dad, I had a slight accident with the car, but please don’t blow a fuse.

English idioms related to technology

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to get your wires crossed

Meaning: to misunderstand somebody; to become confused

If you work with electricity, you have to be very careful. If you get your wires crossed, you put the black wire or the blue wire in the wrong place; it can be quite dangerous.


I think we’ve got our wires crossed here. What I’m talking about is next week’s meeting. What you seem to be talking about was last week’s meeting.

We got our wires crossed; I thought you were picking Jack up.

The next one is:

nuts and bolts (of something)

Meaning: the finest practical details of something rather than theories or ideas about it


Adam has worked in this business for 20 years; he knows the nuts and bolts.

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to be on the same wavelength

It is the opposite of ‘to get your wires crossed’

Meaning: to have the same thoughts, the same intentions; to understand exactly the same thing, to be in agreement with somebody


After the first few brief conversations, we already knew that we were on the same wavelength.

wheels within wheels

Meaning: a lot of bureaucracy, hidden or unknown reasons that make a particular situation very complicated, difficult and slow


Wheels within wheels. You’ve got to fill in this form, you’ve got to fill in that form, you’ve got to talk to this person. It takes forever to get something done.

English idioms related to technology

The next idiom is

(all the) bells and whistles

Meaning: additional fancy features and extras that make a product very attractive


This is the first time that we’ve launched a product in many years. We want it to be a real success; we want to capture the public’s imagination, so let’s really give it all the bells and whistles.

to be right on the button

Meaning: to be exactly right


He confirmed her suspicions; he was right on the button.

to be at the cutting edge

Meaning: to be right there in the lead, at the front


Apple is always at the cutting edge of technology. The company has become a leader in the industry.

English idioms related to technology

make someone or something tick

Meaning: to get something or someone going; to get someone interested; to get something moving along


We need to introduce new people to the company that will help to make the business tick.

So there are the idioms related to technology.

Let me just give them to you one more time:

  • to pull the plug on something
  • to blow a fuse
  • to get your wires crossed
  • the nuts and bolts
  • on the same wavelength
  • wheels within wheels
  • (all) the bells and whistles or all the bells and whistles
  • to be right on the button
  • at the cutting edge
  • to make someone or something tick

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