I want to write a sentence that conveys the following meaning:

If I am able to do XYZ, it would be like a dream come true for me!

examples of do XYZ are: "have dinner with your favorite athlete", "click a selfie with the rockstar", "study physics together with your maths professor", etc. To generalize, it could be any action that one has been hoping to do for a long. Through this sentence, they're expressing their wish as to how their dreams would come true if they were finally able to perform their desired action.

I wish to know what different idioms/phrases/words there are that will help me convey this desire in written English. I wish to use these different idioms/phrases/words to bring greater variety to my essay.

Thank you!

2 Answers 2


If I could do XYZ, I would be:

These expressions all mean "elated" or "very happy."

I listed these because you asked for phrases or idioms – in both your question and in your tag.

That said, you also mention a written essay, and such clichés often don't work well in formal writing. I'd recommend using a word such as elated or ecstatic instead:

If I could do XYZ, I would be thrilled.

  • Oh, I didn't know phrases and idioms are not to be used in formal english :-O. Elated and ecstatic work just as well, and those phrases are also close to what I wished to use. Thanks! Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 2:04
  • @GaurangTandon - You don't necessarily need to avoid phrases and idioms, but clichés.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 4:24
  • "cliche - a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought" Sorry but I don't read much English literature. How would I know if a particular phrase is cliched? Is there a general rule for that? Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:33

Not to encourage you to use overused expressions, but here are several...





turning point

  • That's a different interpretation of the question, these words seem to convey the meaning "when a company achieves targeted sales, how to describe it? It could be a landmark, milestone, etc..". I believe JR's answer below more accurately captured what I wished to say. Still, your list is also useful to have, so thanks! Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 2:06
  • @Guarang Tandon: You could use all of these phrases to describe a significant personal experience as well.
    – TimR
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 14:01

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