1. ace a test
obtain a high score
“If you ace your English test you can go to the party” said her parents.
2. be in the bag
success is evident
Victory seems to be in the bag for the Conservatives.
3. be on the crest of a wave
Our products are very successful. We’re on the crest of a wave right now.
4. be on the up and up
The architect has been on the up and up since he designed a building in Dubai.
5. come/ turn up trumps
get unexpectedly good results
Against all expectations, our team came up trumps in the cup final.
6. have the world at your feet
extremely successful and greatly admired
The talented young actress has the world at her feet.
7. with flying colours
do something successful
My daughter passed the entrance exam with flying colours. I’m so proud of her.
8. got it made
be happy and successful
With a happy family life, a new house and a super job, Sam’s got it made.
9. hit pay dirt
be lucky and make money
Charlie finally hit pay dirt with his lastest invention.
10. make a killing
have great financial success
Jack made a killing on the stock market.
11. riding high
enjoying a period of success
He’s been riding high since the success of his last film.
12. sail through
succeed without difficulty
The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it.
13. alive and kicking
continue to be well, healthy or successful
Classical music is still alive and kicking among youngsters.
14. back the wrong horse
support someone or something that later cannot be successful
Don't back the wrong horse! You know he cannot win the elections.
15. be dead in the water
something is unsuccessful and it seems impossible that it will be successful in the future
The whole economy is dead in the water.
16. bear fruit
yield successful results
He thinks his new plan will undoubtedly bear fruit.
17. count one's chickens before they hatch
assume success too early, before it is certain
It's too soon to cry victory. Don't count your chicken before they hatch!
18. dead loss
something described as a dead loss is absolutely unsuccessful or useless
When it comes to math, my sisiter is a dead loss.
19. make the cut
succeed at something
She worked hard to make the cut in the competition.
20. make headway
Scientists made very little headway against cancer.
21. make a go of
attempt to make a success of
Ali made a go of the new business after resignning his job.
22. make inroads into
succeed in getting something started
Our company has made inroads into the UK market.