It’s not in my nature to be aggressive, and I would never run someone down or stab them in the back. Saying bad things about others is not a very nice thing to do. I always try to be positive and ask for clarification or repetitions before I assume that what I heard is really what they said. After all, I would be dodging my responsibility in this case not to try and understand, wouldn’t I?
If I am confused in a conversation because I missed something important, or if I misinterpret what someone says, it is up to me to ask questions to avoid a misunderstanding. Making assumptions does not usually lead to positive results, and I do not push my luck when it comes to interpreting someone else’s comments. I’ve learned the hard way, by being wrong too many times before!
1. jump to conclusions: reach a conclusion without thinking about it or preparing
Example: Rather than jumping to conclusions, you should wait until you hear my side of the story.
2. fly off the handle: means to get angry very easily
Example: You tend to fly off the handle even when little things go wrong.
3. run down someone: means to say something negative about someone
Example: Try to avoid running down your friends when they are just trying to help you.
4. knife someone in the back: also "stab someone in the back": to say something bad about a person, betray them
Example: I can’t trust John’s secretary, she is always looking for a reason to stab me in the back.
5. dodge responsibility: avoid taking responsibility for something
Example: Don’t dodge your responsibilities by making up excuses about why you can’t finish your project on time.
6. push one's luck: to try too hard to get a particular result and risk losing what you have achieved (usually negative)
Example: Don’t push your luck when it comes to gambling; you might lose everything!