|How are things||How is your situation
ex) How are things with your flatmates these days?
|like a house on fire||like very good friends
ex) We are getting on like a house on fire now.
|break the ice||be relaxed and friendly
ex) It took a while to break the ice.
|didn’t get off to a good start||didn’t start well|
|didn’t hit it off||didn’t have a good relationship (when first meeting)|
|came across as||seemed to be or appeared to be
ex) I thought they came across as unfriendly.
|in a flash||very quickly
ex) They came here in a flash.
|it dawned on me||it became clear to me
ex) It dawned on me that~
|get the wrong idea about (someone)||misunderstand|
|having a chat||talking informally|
|taken aback||surprised and shocked
ex) I was taken aback at first.
|overstepped the mark||behaved in an unacceptable way|
|the dos and don’ts||things you should do and the things you shouldn’t do|
|put our foot in it||said or done something embarrassing
ex) I have probably put our foot in it at some time.
|an eye-opener||a situation to learn from
ex) The experience was an eye-opener for me.
|jump to conclusions||from an opinion before having enough information|
|It’s easier said than done||It sounds easy to do but is difficult to do|
|give (people) the benefit of the doubt||believe people are acting honestly, even if I’m not sure
ex) I’ll try to give people the benefit of the doubt.
|when all is said and done||when everything is considered|