English Idioms about Decisions

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Here you will learn English idioms about decisions – to be in two minds, to sit on the fence, to stick to your guns, up in arms, and more. englishclass101

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10 English Idioms about Decisions

Do you have an important decision to make but can’t decide between two good options? There are many interesting English expressions you can use in spoken English and written English. Today, we’re going to learn English idioms about decisions and priorities.

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the bottom line

There are three possible meanings of the idiom:

  1. The financial position of a company as seen in the companies accounts.
  2. The final result or outcome.
  3. The main point.


The company signed a very important contract with its main customer. This would improve the financial position of the company and add profit to the bottom line.

Michael resigned from the company after only 6 months in the job. The bottom line is that he did not enjoy the work and felt he made a mistake.

The politicians argued about the new budget for several hours. The bottom line is that severe cuts had to be made to reduce the countries deficit.

the icing on the cake

Meaning: to top something off, to make something even better


Mary got a promotion because she worked very hard. She also received an increase in her salary and a bonus which was the icing on the cake.

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in two minds

Meaning: where you are not able to make up your mind and are unsure as to what you should do or choose


John received an invitation to attend a party. It was on the same day as the football game he really did not want to miss. He was in two minds whether to accept the invitation or not.

split hairs

Meaning: to argue over issues that are not important


David and Kate were arguing about the temperature that day it was very hot. Kate said it was 32 °C and David thought it was 33 °C. John told them not to split hairs, it was still very hot!

to stick to your guns

Meaning: to be firm and stick to your decision about something despite criticism from other people


If you’ve thought things through and are comfortable with your decision, just stick to your guns.

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to sit on the fence

Meaning: to stay neutral and not take sides (in an argument), be undecided


No decision has been taken about where to build the new school; the city council is still sitting on the fence.

to take a back seat

Meaning: not to participate in issue or situation, allow other people to have a leading position


I took a back seat and allowed my daughter to decorate the cake.

up in arms

Meaning: strongly protesting


The teachers were up in arms again over the new Junior Certificate reform.

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up in the air

Meaning: no decision has been made yet


It was up in the air whether or not I would be going on this trip.

to make a mountain out of a molehill

Meaning: to exaggerate unimportant problems


I’ve been thinking far too much about this and made a mountain out of a molehill. 

Now you can practice idioms about decisions in everyday situations. Share them with friends who might be stuck deciding what option to take or are unsure how to use English idioms about decisions correctly

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