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Understanding English Idioms

Understanding English Idioms






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    Understanding English Idioms Understanding English Idioms Presentation Transcript

    • Understanding English Idioms An idiom is a commonly used expression that has a special meaning. This meaning may be different from what the words have to say.
    • Never bite the hand that feeds you.
      • to harm someone who has been helping you.
    • He stayed home because he was under the weather
      • Feeling ill
      • You are " barking up the wrong tree " when you are trying to find something, but you are looking in the wrong place.
    • Fortunately she’s back in the pink.
      • Very strong and healthy
    • Since he got the news, he’s been on cloud nine.
      • Feeling extreme happiness or elation.
    • That hairdo is so behind the times.
      • Old fashioned
      • Out of date
    • "How was your test today?" Reply: "It was a piece of cake ."
      • Very easy to do
    • Please keep me in the loop.
      • Fully informed
      • In the know
    • Never bite off more than you can chew.
      • To take on a challenge that is too big
    • Mom’s washing machine is on the blink.
      • Isn’t working properly
      • Is out of order
    • His girlfriend broke up with him out of the blue.
      • Suddenly and unexpectedly
    • He has his head in the sand.
      • to refuse to think about an unpleasant situation or face the facts.
    • The manager is really on the ball.
      • Competent
      • Doing a good job
    • The business is finally in the black
      • Making a profit
      • Out of debt
    • He was so tired that he hit the hay right after dinner.
      • Went to bed
    • Knock on wood , I'm much better now
      • To have good fortune and hope it will continue.
    • His idea was really off the wall.
      • Strange or very different
      • Give away a secret.
    • A policeman’s job is not a bed of roses.
      • an easy and pleasant situation
    • Please get to the point!
      • Tell me the essential information.
      • Skip all the details
    • He shouldn’t be a backseat driver.
      • Someone who criticizes from the sideline
      • Annoyingly giving unwanted advice
    • Get off my back! I do it in a minute.
      • Quit nagging or bothering me.
    • When she started the job, she was still wet behind the ears.
      • Either very young or inexperienced.