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Academic Idioms
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Ace in the Hole
Secret Reserve of Strength
phrase comes from the
reserve card in a poker
...
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Albatross around
One’s Neck
Burden to Be Born
phrase comes from
Coleridge's poem Rime of ...
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Achille’s Heel
Vulnerability
phrase comes from the
Greek myth of Achilles.
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Cost an Arm and a Leg
Be Very Expensive
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Put on the
Back Burner
Make Something
Less Important
the back burner on the stove
is usua...
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Back to Square One
Start Over at Beginning
phrase comes
from board
games
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Bad Mouth
Speak Badly
of Someone
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Bark Up Wrong Tree
Look in the
Wrong Direction
phrase comes
from hunting with dogs
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Let’s Practice
incorrect correct
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Reading skills are my ace in
the hole for getting good
grades.
Is the idiom is being used...
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Reading skills are my ace in
the hole for getting good
grades.
Is the idiom is being used...
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After I moved to
America, I had to go
back to square one in
school.
Is the idiom is being...
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After I moved to
America, I had to go
back to square one in
school.
Is the idiom is being...
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I love cleaning house,
so it’s an albatross
around my neck!
Is the idiom is being used co...
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I love cleaning house,
so it’s an albatross
around my neck!
Is the idiom is being used co...
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I hate cleaning house,
so it’s an albatross
around my neck!
Is the idiom is being used co...
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Disrespect for others in
the classroom is my
Achilles’ heel. It just
drives me crazy!
Is ...
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Disrespect for others in
the classroom is my
Achilles’ heel. It just
drives me crazy!
Is ...
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I am working on my new
book every day. I had to
put it on the back burner to
get ready fo...
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I am working on my new
book every day. I had to
put it on the back burner to
get ready fo...
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I cannot work on my new
book right now. I had to
put it on the back burner to
get ready f...
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It is not nice to bad
mouth others behind
their backs.
Is the idiom is being used correct...
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It is not nice to bad
mouth others behind their
backs.
Is the idiom is being used correct...
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Housing in California is so
cheap that it costs an arm
and a leg!
Is the idiom is being u...
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Housing in California is so
cheap that it costs an arm
and a leg!
Is the idiom is being u...
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Housing in California is so
expensive that it costs an
arm and a leg!
Is the idiom is bei...
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Watching the movie
instead of reading the
book is sure barking up
the wrong tree to get
a...
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Watching the movie
instead of reading the
book is sure barking up
the wrong tree to get
a...
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Here are some A and B idioms that can be used in academic writing and may be seen in academic texts. Brief practice included. Created by Coleman's Classroom.

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  1. 1. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Academic Idioms
  2. 2. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Ace in the Hole Secret Reserve of Strength phrase comes from the reserve card in a poker game.
  3. 3. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Albatross around One’s Neck Burden to Be Born phrase comes from Coleridge's poem Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  4. 4. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Achille’s Heel Vulnerability phrase comes from the Greek myth of Achilles.
  5. 5. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Cost an Arm and a Leg Be Very Expensive
  6. 6. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Put on the Back Burner Make Something Less Important the back burner on the stove is usually smaller and out-of- the-way
  7. 7. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Back to Square One Start Over at Beginning phrase comes from board games
  8. 8. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Bad Mouth Speak Badly of Someone
  9. 9. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Bark Up Wrong Tree Look in the Wrong Direction phrase comes from hunting with dogs
  10. 10. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Let’s Practice incorrect correct
  11. 11. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Reading skills are my ace in the hole for getting good grades. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  12. 12. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Reading skills are my ace in the hole for getting good grades. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  13. 13. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net After I moved to America, I had to go back to square one in school. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  14. 14. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net After I moved to America, I had to go back to square one in school. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  15. 15. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I love cleaning house, so it’s an albatross around my neck! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  16. 16. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I love cleaning house, so it’s an albatross around my neck! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  17. 17. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I hate cleaning house, so it’s an albatross around my neck! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  18. 18. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Disrespect for others in the classroom is my Achilles’ heel. It just drives me crazy! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  19. 19. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Disrespect for others in the classroom is my Achilles’ heel. It just drives me crazy! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  20. 20. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I am working on my new book every day. I had to put it on the back burner to get ready for the spring semester. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  21. 21. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I am working on my new book every day. I had to put it on the back burner to get ready for the spring semester. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  22. 22. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I cannot work on my new book right now. I had to put it on the back burner to get ready for the spring semester. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  23. 23. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net It is not nice to bad mouth others behind their backs. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  24. 24. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net It is not nice to bad mouth others behind their backs. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  25. 25. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Housing in California is so cheap that it costs an arm and a leg! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  26. 26. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Housing in California is so cheap that it costs an arm and a leg! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  27. 27. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Housing in California is so expensive that it costs an arm and a leg! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  28. 28. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Watching the movie instead of reading the book is sure barking up the wrong tree to get a good test grade. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  29. 29. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Watching the movie instead of reading the book is sure barking up the wrong tree to get a good test grade. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  30. 30. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net For More Information Email Mrs. C ccoleman@clmn.net Visit Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net

Here are some A and B idioms that can be used in academic writing and may be seen in academic texts. Brief practice included. Created by Coleman's Classroom.

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