Bump in the Road
A temporary problem, a small setback
- Most companies hit a bump in the road at some point.
Carry Coals to Newcastle
Supply something that is unneeded
- Exporting pine to Scandinavia seems like carrying coals to Newcastle.
Criticize the Paint Job on the Titanic
To obsess over small flaws and miss serious ones
- Sally will sometimes miss the big picture and criticize the paint job on the Titanic.
Drive a hard bargain
To arrange a transaction so that it benefits oneself
- The unions are driving a hard bargain on pay.
A superfluous person
- There is no inherent reason for adding a fifth wheel to the coach.
Be very successful, especially temporarily
- Only with him can my heart fly high.
Rock the Boat
Cause a disruption in a group
- Don't rock the boat until the negotiations are finished.
Train Has Left the Station
The process is already underway
- Moscow and Beijing don't really believe that, but the fact is, that train has left the station.
(To) Send Flying
Knock something into the Air
- I tripped going up the stairs and my books went flying.