Useful Idioms – part 47

As safe as houses = completely safe.( alludes to the paying character of house property as investment- an expression to  satisfy a doubting person ” Oh it’s as safe as houses”

  • I locked your jewellery in a drawer, so it ‘s as safe as houses.
  • If you buy treasury bonds, your money will be as safe as houses.

Bring home to someone = to make someone understand something much more clearly than they did before.

  • When I saw for myself the damage that had been caused, that really brought home to me the scale of the disaster.
  • The crash brought home the danger of drinking and driving.
  • The episode has brought home to me the pointlessness of this war.

Hold the key to = to have control of something ; be the decisive factor in.

  • Tourism holds the key to the region’s economic recovery.
  • This passage holds the key to understanding the entire novel.

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