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  • 1. Fun with English
  • 2. Idioms!
  • 3. are common phrases orIdioms: terms whose meaning is not real, but can be understood by their popular use.
  • 4. are not the same as slang. Idioms are made of normalIdioms: words that have a special meaning known by almost everyone. Slang is usually special words that are known by a particular group.
  • 5. Idioms: The English language has about 25,000 idioms!
  • 6. Let’s learnsome idioms!
  • 7. Break a leg A way to wish someone good luck.It is typically said to actors and musicians before they go on stage. To live it up To enjoy life. Live it up you’re on vacation!
  • 8. To kick the bucket To die. Did Mr. Smith kick the bucket? Shape up or ship outSomething you say in order to tell someone that if their behavior does not improve, they will have to leave. Be quite in class. Either shape up or ship out.
  • 9. To spill the beans To tell a secret. Tara spilled the beans about her roommate’s boyfriend.It’s raining cats and dogs It’s raining hard. Bring your umbrella. It’s raining cats and dogs.
  • 10. Top dog Leader. Sara always works hard. She’s top dog in our office. To smell a rat To think that something is wrong.She told me her story but I smell a rat.
  • 11. To chicken out Not doing an activity because of fear.I wanted to skydive but I chickened out. To eat like a horse To eat a lot.Did you see how much food Mike ate? He eats like a horse!
  • 12. To break someones heart To cause someone to feel sad. When my girlfriend broke up with me it broke my heart. Burn the midnight oil To work studiously late into the night. University students often burn the midnight oil.
  • 13. Let’s review!
  • 14. English Idioms Break a leg A way to wish someone good luck. To live it up To enjoy life. To kick the bucket To die. When you tell someone if their behavior does not Shape up or ship out improve they will have to leave. To spill the beans To tell a secret.It’s raining cats and dogs It’s raining hard. Top dog The leader. To smell a rat To think that something is wrong. To chicken out Not doing an activity because of fear. To eat like a horse To eat a lot.To break someones heart To cause someone to feel sad. Burn the midnight oil To work studiously late into the night.
  • 15. I’m off now! (Idiom for good bye!)