The word ‘move’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to make progress or go in a specific direction.
- The project is moving forward at a satisfactory rate. (make progress)
- Harry moved closser to Sally. (specific direction)
idioms list with ‘move’
- move heaven and earth – work very hard to achieve something
e.g. Lawrence is a good chap. He’ll move heaven and earth to finish the project on time.
- move in the same circles – associate/socialise with similar people/organisations
e.g. I know Janine. We move in the same circles, she’s a lawyer too.
- move mountains – be able to achieve very difficult things
e.g. I believe our world cup squad can move mountains this year.
- move the goalposts – change the rules/parameters to make a situation more difficult
e.g. I met the conditions, but they refused my proposal. They can’t keep moving the goalposts.
- move with the times – be modern, change with the world/technology
e.g. We’ve got to move with the times. Advertising on social media is the way forward.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘move’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
Am I right?
I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘move’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.