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IELTS Idioms

take something on board

If you take an idea, suggestion, or fact on board, you understand it or accept it. [BRITISH]
get the picture

If you get the picture, you understand what is happening in a situation. [INFORMAL]
go in one ear and out the other

If something that you tell someone goes in one ear and out the other, they pay no attention to it, or forget about it immediately.
jump to conclusions

If someone jumps to conclusions, they decide too quickly that something is true, when they do not know all the facts. * You can also say that someone jumps to a/the conclusion - [e.g. jump to the conclusion that]. * People sometimes use leap instead of jump.
get the wrong end of the stick / get hold of the wrong end of the stick

If someone gets the wrong end of the stick or gets hold of the wrong end of the stick, they completely misunderstand a situation or something that is said. [INFORMAL]
put two and two together

If you put two and two together, you correctly guess the truth about something from the information that you have. * You can say that someone puts two and two together and makes five, to mean that they guess something more exciting or interesting than the truth.
a grey area

If you call something a grey area, you mean that it is unclear, for example because nobody is sure how to deal with it, or it falls between two separate categories of things.
read between the lines

If you read between the lines, you understand what someone really means, or what is really happening in a situation, even though it is not stated openly. * You can also talk about what is between the lines.
get the hang of something

If you get the hang of an activity, you learn how to do it well. [INFORMAL]
get your head around/round something

If you get your head around a fact or an idea, you succeed in understanding it or accepting it. [BRITISH, INFORMAL]
not have a clue

If you do not have a clue about something, you do not know anything about it, or you have no idea what to do about it. [INFORMAL]
up to speed

If you are up to speed, you have all the latest information about something. * You can say that you bring someone up to speed, or that they get up to speed when you give them all the latest information about something.

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