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common English Idioms

  1. 1. Idioms
  2. 2. What are Idioms?•Idioms are phrases and sentences that do not mean exactly what they say.
  3. 3. • Something very easy to do
  4. 4. Examples• The exam was a piece of cake.• Glad to help. It was a piece of cake.• Grammar is my specialty. It’s a piece of cake.
  5. 5. "Easy as ABC"An idiom which means Something that is as easy as ABC is very easy or simple.
  6. 6. Examples• Learning how to use a computer is as easy as ABC for the children.• Our 101 English course is as easy as ABC.• That exam was as easy as ABC..
  7. 7. As easy as pie• It is used to describe a task or experience as pleasurable and simple. The idiom does not refer to the making of a pie, but rather to the act of consuming a pie ("as easy as eating a pie")
  8. 8. Examples:• You make everything sound as easy as pie, Lama.• Setting up the printer was as easy as pie.
  9. 9. A hard/tough nut (to crack)• Meaning:• A difficult problem or person to deal with.
  10. 10. Examples:• This assignment is a hard nut to crack.• It wont be easy getting mom’s approval; shes a tough nut to crack.
  11. 11. A ball of fire
  12. 12. A ball of fire Meaning:A person with great energy
  13. 13. • Examples:• The trainer will have to be a ball of fire to get this football team to play well.• I hope Linda joins our group ; shes a real ball of fire.
  14. 14. Meaning: to be very busy or very activeExample:• Shes as busy as a bee, always going to meetings and organizing parties.
  15. 15. Have butterflies in one’s stomach• Meaning:•Feel very nervous
  16. 16. • I had butterflies in my stomach when I went to see the dentist.• I had butterflies in my stomach during my first few days at college.
  17. 17. Examples:• "The weather was horrible on Saturday. It was raining cats and dogs all day.”• "Its really awful weather outside. Its windy and is raining cats and dogs."
  18. 18. cost(somebody)an arm and a leg
  19. 19. Meaning: to be very expensive• Example:• These opera tickets cost us an arm and a leg!
  20. 20. His new car cost him an arm and a leg.
  21. 21. Meaning: Very happy or delighted.Examples:• "He was over the moon when he heard the news.”• She was over the moon with her new mobile.