Train Has Left the Station
The process is already underway
- Moscow and Beijing don't really believe that, but the fact is, that train has left the station.
Criticize the Paint Job on the Titanic
To obsess over small flaws and miss serious ones
- Sally will sometimes miss the big picture and criticize the paint job on the Titanic.
(To) Send Flying
Knock something into the Air
- I tripped going up the stairs and my books went flying.
Rock the Boat
Cause a disruption in a group
- Don't rock the boat until the negotiations are finished.
Bump in the Road
A temporary problem, a small setback
- Most companies hit a bump in the road at some point.
Carry Coals to Newcastle
Supply something that is unneeded
- Exporting pine to Scandinavia seems like carrying coals to Newcastle.
Drive a hard bargain
To arrange a transaction so that it benefits oneself
- The unions are driving a hard bargain on pay.
A superfluous person
- There is no inherent reason for adding a fifth wheel to the coach.
Be very successful, especially temporarily
- Only with him can my heart fly high.