Idioms

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Idioms

  1. 1. Idioms, Oh how I love thee! By: Ms. Brand
  2. 2. Afraid of your own shadow <ul><li>Meaning- very easily frightened, especially of small or imaginary things. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes at night I am afraid of my own shadow , but then I realize its just me. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bark up the wrong tree <ul><li>Meaning: to direct your attention or efforts toward the wrong person or thing; to have the wrong idea about something. </li></ul><ul><li>You are barking up the wrong tree if you think I like video games. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cat got your tongue <ul><li>Meaning: Is there a reason that you’re not speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you ignore me? Cat got your tongue? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Draw the line at <ul><li>Meaning: to set a specific limit, especially about behavior . </li></ul><ul><li>I draw the line at people using bad words. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Easy as pie <ul><li>Meaning: not difficult; requiring practically no effort. </li></ul><ul><li>That test was easy as pie , I know I got and A! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fair-weather friend <ul><li>Meaning: a person who is a faithful friend only when everything is going well but who desserts you in times of difficulty. </li></ul><ul><li>David is a fair-weather friend , when I wrecked my car he stopped being my friend. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Get this show on the road <ul><li>Meaning: get going; move forward; get the work started; do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Lets get this show on the road you have been stalling all day . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hang in there <ul><li>Meaning: to continue without giving up; to not lose faith or courage. </li></ul><ul><li>My friend told me to “ hang in there , things will get better” and they did! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ignorance is bliss <ul><li>Meaning: It is better not to know bad news sometimes, especially if you are happy. </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance is bliss when it comes to fighting. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Jump the gun <ul><li>Meaning: to do or say something before you should; to act prematurely or hastily. </li></ul><ul><li>I jump the gun when it comes to Christmas gifts and always give them early. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Kill two birds with one stone <ul><li>Meaning: to do two things by one action; to get two results with just one effort. </li></ul><ul><li>I can kill two birds with one stone if I clean my room and talk on the phone at the same time. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Leave no stone unturned <ul><li>Meaning: to make all possible efforts to carry out a task or search for someone or something. </li></ul><ul><li>I will leave no stone unturned in searching for my car keys. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Make your mouth water <ul><li>Meaning: to look so attractive and desirable that it makes you want to have it very much; to want to eat or drink something that looks or smells delicious. </li></ul><ul><li>The thought of chocolate makes my mouth water. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Need something like a hole in the head <ul><li>Meaning: to have no need for something at all. </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Strauss needs a new pair of shoes like she needs a hole in the head. </li></ul>
  16. 16. On pins a needles <ul><li>Meaning waiting anxiously for something; extremely nervous. </li></ul><ul><li>I am on pins and needles waiting to hear if I got the job. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Play cat and mouse <ul><li>Meaning: to tease or fool someone. </li></ul><ul><li>She plays cat and mouse with her little brother, pretending to hand him a lollipop, then taking it away when he reaches for it. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Quite as a mouse <ul><li>Meaning: silent or still; making very little noise; saying nothing; hushed, subdued. </li></ul><ul><li>When the baby is sleeping I try to be as quite as a mouse. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Rock the boat <ul><li>Meaning: to make trouble and disrupt a stable situation; to risk spoiling a plan; to create a disturbance. </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy likes to rock the boat in English class always getting up to sharpen his pencil while the teacher is talking. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Salt of the earth <ul><li>Meaning: a person or group considered to be the finest, most admirable, and noble. </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel is the salt of the earth , she sees good in all people. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Through the grapevine <ul><li>Meaning: through the informal spreading of messages, gossip, rumors, other confidential information from one person to another. </li></ul><ul><li>I heard through the grapevine that Tom likes Sue. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Up a creek without a paddle <ul><li>Meaning: in deep trouble and unable to do anything about it; in serious trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>When Todd cut class he was up a creek without a paddle. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Wear your heart on your sleeve <ul><li>Meaning: to show one’s emotions and feelings openly. </li></ul><ul><li>When it comes to feelings Jackie wears her heart on her sleeve. </li></ul>
  24. 24. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks <ul><li>Meaning: people who find it difficult or impossible to change their ways or adjust to new ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>I tried to teach my Uncle how to whistle, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. </li></ul>
  25. 25. All Idioms and meanings from Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms Copyright 1996 Scholastic Inc.

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