Success and Failure

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A. What do we say when something goes well?
Let’s check out some idioms for that purpose

If something :
makes all the difference ( to something )
Then it :
has a very good effect on a situation or a thing

If something :
works/ goes / runs like a dream 
Then it :
works/ goes/ runs very well indeed

If something :
works like magic
Then it :
works immediately and very well indeed

If something :
goes from strength to strength
Then it :
gets better and better

If something :
does the trick 
Then it :
solve the problem well

If something :
is the be-all-and-end-all ( something )
Then it :
is the most important thing (often used in the negative: not the be-all-and-end-all)


If something :
is/turns out to be a blessing in disguise
Then it :
has a good effect even though at first it seemed it would be bad

B. Some idioms connected with success and failure
1. I always knew Andrew would go places. He’s been an excellent athlete since he was a teenager.
It means : would be successful
Note : go places is not used in the simple tense
2. He’s good writer but he hasn’t really ever hit the big time
It means : been successful nationally, internationally and made lots of money
3. He’s really made a go of that restaurant he bought. He’s extended it and he employs about fifteen people now.
It means : been very successful with .

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