Cody: Wow! This is such a fancy party. I’m not sure that I’ll know who to talk to or what to talk about.
Jada: Don’t think about it too much, just go with the flow. I’m sure
you’ll find interesting people and have interesting conversations.
Cody: You think so? I hope I
don’t get too shy.
Jada: I’m sure everyone feels that way here.
Lucy: I went out with Karl last week and I wasn’t sure how he felt
Kathrin: So what did you do? Did
you guys have a good time? Did you have
Lucy: I just went with
the flow and everything turned out great. I think he likes me.
To go with the flow means to follow whatever the situation is or
whatever people are doing. In the first
example, Cody wasn’t sure how to interact with people at an upscale party; to
which Jada replied that he should just do whatever everyone was doing or go with the flow. In the second example, Lucy explains that she
didn’t know how her date felt about her, but after following his lead, or his
actions (went with the flow), she
discovered that he liked her.
Jason: I was looking to ask May out on Friday. What do you think?
Freddy: Finally, you keep talking about her but you never actually
do anything about it.
Jason: It’s not so much that I am afraid of asking her out; it’s her
brother I’m worried about. That’s a horse of a different color. He’s always intimidating people asking his
Freddy: Yeah, good luck with that.
Alexa: Do you think we should go to Europe like we planned? Or should we go to Asia?
Axel: Whoa, going to Asia? That’s a horse of a different
color. I think you should really
consider where you really want to go because Europe and Asia are two very
A horse of a different color means that something or someone are
completely different things or choices. In the first example, Jason was trying to explain May and May’s brother
as completely different people with different personalities to deal with. Although the two people are siblings, they
are different in many ways. In the
second example, it seems that Alexa was initially thinking about visiting
Europe, but after further consideration, she began to wonder about Asia. Axel explains that they are completely
different places and that she should really consider the choices before making