If you’ve ever experienced a conversation where you’ve felt like someone was talking about something in a roundabout way or “beating around the bush”, you might have wished that they would “cut to the chase” or “get down to brass tacks”. Both expressions perfectly capture the desire for someone to stop “mincing their words” and skip to the key information.
Negotiations can often reach a point where they can be said to be “deadlocked”. The catalyst often needed in such situations is the desire on both sides to “meet the other party halfway”. This expression is so versatile that it can also be used in other everyday circumstances where a compromise is called for.
Goals can sometimes seem elusive, but if you reach a point where you are close to achieving one, then it can be said to be “at your fingertips” or “within spitting distance”. The second expression may be less poetic, but the image will definitely get your point across.
Achieving such a goal may require you to move out of your comfort zone, back yourself, and “step up to the plate”. This expression relates to the square-shaped plates used to mark bases in baseball, and represents a player stepping up to bat and facing a challenge head on.