Idiom of the Week: A Shot in the Arm

Meaning: Something that gives energy or encouragement


Thanks for talking to him – it was a shot in the arm. He feels a lot more confident than before.

The development of the new vaccine was a shot in the arm. People are more optimistic now.

Online learning is so much easier now that we have faster Wi-Fi. It was a real shot in the arm.

Pop Quiz:

Which would one is not a good example of “a shot in the arm?”

A. A raise in pay

B. A good night’s sleep

C. A bad headache

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The correct answer is C. Both a raise in pay and a good night’s sleep are things that give encouragement or energy, while a headache is not.

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