It seems many common idioms can be co-opted to apply to science and others can be taken almost literally with no change but funny implications for scientists.
Please post your spins on science idioms here as comments or on Twitter with the #scienceidioms hashtag.
There’s a madness to your methods section
Grant someone no quarter of a million dollars
Burning the midnight Bunsen
We are up to our eyeballs in eyeballs
It is rocket science
As easy as Pi
Cry over spilt antibody in buffer with 1% dry milk
Look under the hood (I dropped my tube down there)
You can lead a course to knowledge, but you can’t make them think
Off your rocker
Smell a rat (no, really, you gotta change that cage)
A ChIP on your tube holder
Take funding for granted