Idiom – At all Costs

At all costs - Idiom of the Day for IELTS Speaking
At all costs - Idiom of the Day for IELTS Speaking

At all costs – Idiom of the Day for IELTS Speaking

Definition: If you are determined to obtain or achieve something at all costs, you want it regardless of the expense, effect or sacrifice involved.

Example: The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report from the war zone.


A. Match the idioms in column A with their meanings in column B.

1. at all costs

2. beyond one’s wildest dreams

3. eager beaver

4. buckle down

5. have one’s heart set on

 a. to apply oneself with determination hard work and give it one’s full attention

b. determined to obtain something you want
very much

c. determined to obtain or achieve something regardless of the expense effort or sacrifice involved

d. better than one imagined or hoped for

e. a person who is hardworking and enthusiastic

B. Make sentences using the learned idiom & jot it down in the comment section below.

Note about Idioms in IELTS

You should be really careful when using idioms in your IELTS speaking test. You can only be sure that you are using an idiom correctly if you have seen or heard it used in context. If you’ve only seen the idiom on a list, don’t use it because it can make your speech forced and unnatural.

What we are trying to do in this category (Idiom of the Day for IELTS Speaking) is to teach idioms specifically for using on your IELTS Speaking test.

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