Meaning of IDEA in English
▪ bright , brilliant , clever , excellent , good , great , marvellous/marvelous , nice , wonderful
▪ valuable , worthwhile
▪ exciting , interesting , stimulating
▪ constructive , positive
▪ creative , imaginative , innovative , novel , original
The latest big ~ is to get women more interested in soccer.
Family therapy is used as an alternative ~ to medication.
▪ fresh , new
▪ absurd , bad , mistaken , ridiculous , stupid
▪ crackpot , crazy , mad , outlandish , wild
▪ ambitious , big , grand
He joined the company as an office assistant with big ~s.
The basic ~ is that we all meet up in London.
I think the whole ~ is ridiculous.
VERB + IDEA
Do you have any ~s for a present for Lara?
▪ come up with , dream up , hit on , hit upon , produce , think up
▪ draw , get
Her ~s are drawn mainly from Chinese art.
▪ contribute , offer
▪ moot ( formal , esp. BrE ), propose , put forward , suggest
▪ promote , push , push forward , sell
They managed to push the ~ of expanding through the committee.
Most employees welcome the ~ of a ban on smoking.
▪ consider , entertain , flirt with , toy with
I'm toying with the ~ of leaving my job.
▪ mull over , turn over
He kept turning the ~ of resigning over in his mind.
▪ encourage , generate
Brainstorming is a good way of generating ~s.
▪ reject , scoff at , veto
▪ test , try , try out
▪ bounce around , bounce off sb , brainstorm , discuss , explore , talk about
I met up with a designer to bounce a few ~s around.
It's useful to have someone to bounce ~s off.
▪ exchange , pool , share
▪ give sb
What gave you the ~ to go freelance?
▪ apply , implement , put into action , put into practice , take up
The ~ had long been mooted but nothing had been done to put it into practice.
▪ transform , translate
How could we translate the ~ into business reality?
She accused the company of stealing her ~.
She always tries to impose her own ~s on the rest of the team.
IDEA + VERB
▪ come into sb's brain , come into sb's head , come into sb's mind , come to sb , flash through sb's brain , flash through sb's mind , hit sb , occur to sb , pop into sb's head , strike sb
The ~ for the invention came to him in the bath.
▪ emerge , evolve , form , grow
An ~ began to form in his mind.
His ~s flowed faster than he could express them.
▪ come from sb/sth , date back from sth , date back to sth , originate , start , stem from sth
The ~ for the Olympics originated with Pierre de Coubertin.
▪ work , work out
That ~ didn't work out so well.
The ~ eventually led to the invention of the telephone.
▪ come to nothing
▪ ~ about
I have an ~ about how to tackle the problem.
▪ ~ for
We were asked to suggest ~s for improving efficiency.
▪ ~ of
She had the ~ of advertising on the Internet.
▪ be open to ~s
I don't know what to do, but I'm open to ~s.
▪ the germ of an ~
The germ of his ~ came from watching a bird make a nest.
▪ have other ~s
I wanted to take the week off, but my boss had other ~s.
▪ have the right ~
The party had the right ~, but failed to win over the voters.
▪ it might be an ~
It might be an ~ to leave a note on the door for Marcos.
▪ clear , concrete , precise
▪ basic , general , rough , vague
He gave me a rough ~ of what was wanted.
▪ central , key , main
The book introduces the key ~s of sociology.
▪ definite , firm , strong
She has very definite ~s about what kind of a job she wants.
▪ complex , difficult
▪ simple , simplistic
The movie is based on a simple ~, but a powerful one.
▪ radical , revolutionary
▪ erroneous , false , wrong
I don't want anyone getting the wrong ~ about me.
▪ funny , strange
People have a romantic ~ of the police force.
▪ not the faintest , not the foggiest , not the slightest ( all informal )
I haven't the faintest ~ what she meant.
▪ artistic , economic , intellectual , moral , musical , philosophical , political , scientific
▪ feminist , nationalist , socialist , etc.
VERB + IDEA
They got the ~ that we would be paying for them.
You'll soon get the ~ (= understand) .
▪ espouse , have , hold
He holds very different ~s to mine about discipline.
▪ develop , form , shape
the experiences that shaped her ~s
▪ communicate , convey , get across , get over , present , promote , put out there ( AmE )
It was a struggle to get our ~s across.
I wanted to put the ~ out there.
▪ demonstrate , explain , expound , illustrate
▪ clarify , formalize , formulate , organize , structure
Give careful thought to how to structure your ~s in the essay.
▪ reinforce , support
▪ change , reconsider , revise
They had to reconsider their ~s in the light of new evidence.
▪ accept , embrace , take up
▪ dismiss , reject
These photographs challenge conventional ~s of beauty.
I hope he's not still harbouring/harboring ~s about asking me out.
▪ be obsessed with
He's obsessed with the ~ of getting a motorcycle.
I don't relish the ~ of sharing an office with Tony.
IDEA + VERB
▪ amuse sb , appeal to sb , please sb
The ~ of going to his rescue amused her.
▪ catch on , take hold , take off
Some people started recycling, and the ~ caught on.
▪ ~ about
She has some funny ~s about how to motivate staff.
▪ ~ behind
The ~ behind the ceremony is to keep the gods happy to ensure a good crop.
▪ ~ of
Swimming in an icy river is not my ~ of fun.
Oxford Collocations English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний . 2012