And now, more idioms!

Well, I cannot find it as a phrasal verb.  So it must be an idiom?

Its terrible what happened to Sarah’s father, but ‘life goes on’, means, after something tragic happening, life is still going to be okay or alright.  Things are going to be okay.

This is definitely an idiom.

You can count on Tommy, he always ‘goes that extra mile’ means, a person who will do more than is expected of them.


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2 Responses to And now, more idioms!

  1. Miguel says:

    Hello world, I’ve a doubt about the meaning or the usage of this idiom. I understand the meaning given here (I’m spanish and it’s said the same in my language), but I’ve heard it in a Beattles’s song (“Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da”) and I think this meaning doesn’t fit there. Could someone explain me that?
    I give a excerpt of the lyric.
    “Desmond has his barrow in the market place…
    Molly is the singer in a band…
    Desmond says to Molly “Girl, I like your face”
    And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand…
    Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
    Lala how the life goes on…
    Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
    Lala how the life goes on.

    Desmond takes a trolley to the jewelry store…
    Buys a twenty carat golden ring… (ring!)
    Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door…
    And as he gives it to her she begins to sing…(sing!)
    Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
    Lala how the life goes on…
    Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
    Lala how the life goes on.”

  2. Hello Miguel, welcome….Thank you for your query. I will try and answer your question. What I posted above is exactly what ‘life goes on’, means……….things will continue as normal……….something bad could have happened and some people do not cope well with bad news. What I perhaps should have included is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be something tragic or bad that happens….someone could surprise a friend however, that person is not especially interested in the surprise and would just carry on as normal as if nothing had happened. Similarly, other people just think ‘Ah well…..such is life’ or the famous French phrase ‘C’est La Vie’ (That is life) and ‘life goes on’ basically means the same……..In the last verse of the song you re-print above…Desmond buys a 20 carat ring for Molly………some people (ladies particularly) would go crazy having such an item bought them, ‘Wow!’, some people would shout for joy…..however in the song…Molly just takes it as ‘ah well’ thank you, in a matter of fact way and carries on with what she wants to do, making no big thing about it………………You have to be careful with the lyrics and words in this song as they are mixed up with words that don’t mean anything e.g. ‘Ob-la-di-ob-la-da’ does not mean anything, it is just part of the chorus that makes it ‘catchy’…….and as Paul McCartney who wrote the song says, “it’s just an expression”. I hope this makes sense for you?

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