‘In a nutshell‘ is used before giving a summary of a situation, using a few words. It has the same meaning as ‘basically’. In a nutshell, I think it’s time to leave the association, but they want me to stay.
To organise an event or project on a shoestring is to use the minimum amount of money or resources. Vicky managed to organise a series of events on a shoestring, saving the organisation a great deal of money.
If you want to think of a new or original way of solving a problem, then you have to think outside the box. This might involve using your creativity or imagination. We need to think outside the box to find a solution to this crisis – plan A and plan B won’t work.
If you want to convince a person that something is actually very easy to do, you tell them that it’s not rocket science. Organising a video conference is very easy to do – it’s not rocket science!
You are between a rock and a hard place when you have to make a decision between two choices, and both choices are difficult. Both options are difficult for the business, but we have to accept one of them – we’re between a rock and a hard place. Photo by Mohamed Ahmed.