Useful Idioms – part 46

Be past/pass one’s sell-by date = If someone is past their sell-by date, that person is not wanted or considered useful any more because they are too old.

  • There is plenty of time to have a baby.  I am not past my sell-by date yet.
  • The company is forcing my mother to retire because they think she’s past her sell-by date.
  • That player is definitely past his sell-by date; he hasn’t had a good season in years.

Be stuck in a rut = too fixed in a particular type of job , activity , method etc and needing to change.

  • I need to change my job – after 15 years here I feel I’m stuck in a rut.
  • We’re stuck in a rut ; let us move abroad for the summer and shake things up.
  • I had so many ambitions when I first graduated from college, but now I feel like I am in a rut.

Middle of the road = not extreme and is acceptable to or liked by most people.

  • I am looking for a middle-of-the-road option.  I don’t need a high end TV, but I don’t want the cheapest one either.
  • They adopted a sensible , middle-of-the-road policy on defence spending.

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