Idiom of the Day : (27 Nov 2017)


✔ A shot in the arm

INFORMAL

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■ Meaning:

You can say something is a shot in the arm if it gives a person or an organisation renewed energy or enthusiasm.

For example:

  • Getting a grant from the Arts Council was a much-needed shot in the arm for the orchestra.
  • We all agree that the economy needs a shot in the arm, but we can’t agree on exactly what it should be.

Origin: Related to the medical practice of injecting drugs into sick people. These injections are sometimes called “shots” and they are often administered into the arm.