thinking cap, unthinkable, think well of: expressions with THINK

THINK: expressions think well of, unthinkable, thinking cap

put your thinking cap on

– help someone to come up with an idea/solution/ suggestion

  • Thanks for coming. As you know next year it’s Mum and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. I think we should put our thinking caps on to come up with a good way of celebrating it.
  • How about organising a trip to Australia, they’ve always wanted to go there? ….


– inconceivable.

  • 50 years ago it was unthinkable that there would be a common currency in many European countries.
  • When the modern Olympics was started it was unthinkable that there would be women boxers.
  • At the moment it seems unthinkable that there will be a woman president of the USA.


think well/highly/ better/ little/ poorly of 

– have a good/ bad etc opinion of sbdy/sthng

think better of someone

– have a higher opinion of someone.

  • When I first met James he seemed very self-opinionated and snobbish. But now I’ve come to think better of him, he’s a great team player and is a good motivator of the new recruits.

think nothing of

– consider to be unimportant, regard as usual, or easy:

  • He thinks nothing of walking 5 km to work and back everyday.
  • Graham, thanks so much for taking my mother to hospital and visiting her every day.
  • Hey, think nothing of it. Any of your friends would have done the same if they could.

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