Many phrases about success can be specific to a situation or type of event. In our list below we will try to explain not only what these particular success idioms mean but also where and how to use them.

1. Dress for success

No hidden meanings here, this idiom means you need to dress in clothes or such a fashion that others believe you to be a success in life. We can use it when going for a job interview or a new work proposal.

I am going to dress for success and put on my best suit for the interview.

2. You have got to be in it to win it!

Often used for competitions this phrase is what’s called a call to action too. It encourages the listener to join in a competition, or another exclusive event, to have a chance of winning or being successful.
这个词通常用于比赛,也可以做行动号召。 鼓励听众参加竞赛或其他独家活动,这样就有机会取胜或获得成功。

Sign up now; you’ve got to be in it to win it!

3. Key to success

Just like an actual key opens a door, we can apply this idiom to the thing that is most important to being successful. It has many different uses in both a working environment or in general speech.

The key to success as a salesman is communication.

Practice is the key to success.

4. (Be a) howling success

While the word howl is typically used to describe a loud continuous noise, a howling success is a colloquial expression. It is most frequently used to describe something in the present or past that was very successful.
Howl通常用来形容巨大的连续的噪音,而a howling success则是一种通俗的表达方式。它常用来形容当前或者过去非常成功的事物。

Because the first iPhone was a revolutionary product, it became a howling success.

Everyone hopes the new iPhone X will be a howling success too.

5. Hit a home run

Hit a home run is an expression that comes from the sport of Baseball. When a player hit a ball out of the reach of the other team, it was considered a home run and one point was awarded. This phrase, therefore, has become a standard reference about being successful.
Hit a home run 是一个源于棒球运动的表达。当一名球员击中对方球门时就获得了成功,并且获得了一分。因此,这个短语就可以表达成功。

You hit a home run with that last sale!

6. It’s in the bag

When someone is very confident that they will be successful, a person could use this idiom to show how sure they are of success.

Don’t worry; I will finish the report in time. It’s in the bag!

7. Rags to riches

Rags is a reference to the lousy state of clothing a person who is poor and living in the street may wear. However, rags to riches is used to describe the success of a person who was once very poor and has now become rich or wealthy.
Rags指衣衫褴褛的穷人或者住在街上的人穿地衣服。然而,rags to riches用来指曾经很穷现在很富有的人的成功。

The new movie they are making is about rags to riches story and how the main character overcame all of the problems he faced.

8. Bear/ born fruit

A tree that grows and produces fruit is considered to be successful, therefore when something works well, correctly or successfully we can say it has born fruit.

Once we start advertising the new restaurant, we will see it bear fruit.

The new business has finally born fruit.

9. See the light at the end of the tunnel

Just like a real, long tunnel, when you go inside you cannot see the end. However, as you get closer to the end, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s like saying that success is not that far away.
就像一条真正的长长的隧道,当进入里面时,看不到尽头。 然而,当接近终点的时候,可以看到隧道尽头的灯光。这就像说成功不是那么遥远。

It took a while for us to get new clients but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

10. The sky’s the limit

When we do well at something, others around us may comment, the sky’s the limit. It means we are so successful that there are almost no limitations to accomplishing whatever we want to do.
当我们做地好的时候,我们周围的人可能会说我们潜力不可限量。 这意味着我们非常成功,几乎没有任何限制来完成我们想做的事情。

You paint so well, keep going, the sky’s the limit.

While there are other idioms related to success, we have tried to select the most commonly heard and most frequently used. Do you know any different phrases about success? Let us know with a comment!
虽然还有其他与success有关的习语,但我们试图选择最常用的习语。 你知道关于成功的其他短语吗?