UNIT 13 Problems and solutions
Luis: How’s the project going?
Gladys: Well, we’ve hit a snag.
Luis: What’s the problem?
Gladys: The programmers haven’t been paid. They are in dire straits, financially. Without
the software, we’ll be up the creek.
Luis: What’ll we do?
Gladys: Well, I wish we could just wave a magic wand and get the money we need. Come
to my office this afternoon, and bring John and Sarah. We’ll put our heads
together, think outside the box, and try to come up with a solution.
Hit a snag: to experience a difficulty
A tough nut (to crack), / a hard nut (to crack): a difficult problem to solve A thorn in the side: something or someone that is continually causing problems
In a bind: forced to deal with a difficult situation In a tight spot: in a difficult situation
In dire straits: in extreme danger or difficulty
Up the creek: in an extremely difficult situation
With your back against the wall: in a serious situation with few ways to react to it
When the chips are down: when you are in a difficult or dangerous situation
Trying to solve problems:
Put your heads together: to share ideas in trying to solve a problem Puzzle over something: to give a lot of attention and thought to something Think outside the box: to solve problems creatively
Paper over something, / paper something over: to solve a problem temporarily Come up with something: to find, think of, or develop a solution Save the day: do something to solve a serious problem Wave a magic wand: solve a difficult problem with no effort Puzzle something out: to study something in order to understand it