Welcome to 2018 first blog post! Christmas and New Year’s Eve are long gone and have left me with quite a few extra kilos on my hips…How bad is it for you?
Let’s tackle our weekly idiom!
What it means:
If a lot of people do something risky at the same time, the risk is reduced because there is safety in numbers.
When to use it:
Let’s have a look at some examples of when this idiom could be used.
- It is commonly used with animals. Gazelles stay in packs as a defense mechanism against predators. Lions are less likely to attack an animal in a group, than one which is isolated. The groups can also come to the rescue of the lone animal. Safety in numbers…
- Your parents probably used this idiom very often when you were a teenager. It still applies no matter what your age is though. When you go out, you should never have to walk alone outside in the street. Having someone, or even better a group, with you is the best protection as people are more likely to be intimidated and leave you alone.
Other interesting idioms:
Scaredy-cat – It is a person who gets scared easily by very little.
Safe and sound – If you are safe and sound, then nothing has harmed you.
Salt in a wound – If you rub salt in a wound, you make someone feel bad about something that is already a painful experience. (similar to add insult to injury)
Same old, same old – It means that something is the same, it does not change.