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Academic Idioms
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Cast Pearls Before Swine
Give something
precious to the
unappreciative
Comes from the Chr...
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Champ at the Bit
To be impatient
Comes from horses not liking
their bridle bits.
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Choice of Rotten Apples
Have few or
no good choices
Comes from Shakespeare’s
Taming of th...
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Creature Comforts
Luxurious
Possessions
Phrase originated in the 1600s.
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Crocodile Tears
Fake sympathy or grief
for nefarious reasons
Comes from a story about a
c...
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Damn with Faint Praise
Shallow Praise so weak it’s not
really praise at all
Comes from Gr...
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Dead in the Water
Not Going
Anywhere
Comes from sailing when boat
can’t move from lack of...
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Doubting Thomas
Habitual Disbeliever
Comes from Christian Bible, John
20:24-29
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Acting as Devil’s Advocate
Taking the opposite
side of a position
for the sake of argumen...
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Let’s Practice
incorrect correct
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Sometimes I act as a devil’s
advocate in class so my
students can understand
another side...
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Sometimes I act as a devil’s
advocate in class so my
students can understand
another side...
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When you give out all
your personal details
online, you are casting
your pearls before
sw...
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When you give out all
your personal details
online, you are casting
your pearls before
sw...
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She believes everything she
reads on the Internet is true.
She is such a Doubting Thomas!...
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She believes
everything she reads on
the Internet is true.
She is such a Doubting
Thomas!...
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She believes nothing
she reads on the
Internet is true. She
is such a Doubting
Thomas!
Is...
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Don’t believe his crocodile
tears about letting you
go. He is only concerned
with his own...
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Don’t believe his crocodile
tears about letting you
go. He is only concerned
with his own...
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I am making such progress
with my new book so far
this year! I am really dead
in the wate...
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I am making such progress
with my new book so far
this year! I am really dead
in the wate...
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I am making such little
progress with my new book
so far this year! I am really
dead in t...
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I forgot my paper was due
this morning! I can either
not submit it or turn in a
terrible ...
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I forgot my paper was
due this morning! I can
either not submit it or
turn in a terrible ...
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My boss just gave me the best
compliment. She is really
damming me with faint praise
righ...
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My boss just gave me the
best compliment. She is
really damming me with
faint praise righ...
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My boss just gave me the
lamest compliment. She is
really damming me with
faint praise ri...
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I can’t save any money
because I like my
creature comforts too
much!
Is the idiom is bein...
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I can’t save any money
because I like my
creature comforts too
much!
Is the idiom is bein...
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My students enjoy writing
so much that they are
always champing at the bit
to leave class...
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My students enjoy writing
so much that they are
always champing at the bit
to leave class...
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My students enjoy writing
so much that they are never
champing at the bit to leave
class....
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Email Mrs. C
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Vocab Academic Idioms Starting with C and D

  1. 1. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Academic Idioms
  2. 2. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Cast Pearls Before Swine Give something precious to the unappreciative Comes from the Christian Bible, Matthew 7:16
  3. 3. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Champ at the Bit To be impatient Comes from horses not liking their bridle bits.
  4. 4. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Choice of Rotten Apples Have few or no good choices Comes from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew
  5. 5. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Creature Comforts Luxurious Possessions Phrase originated in the 1600s.
  6. 6. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Crocodile Tears Fake sympathy or grief for nefarious reasons Comes from a story about a crocodile using tears to trap and then eat the unwary.
  7. 7. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Damn with Faint Praise Shallow Praise so weak it’s not really praise at all Comes from Greek Philosophers
  8. 8. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Dead in the Water Not Going Anywhere Comes from sailing when boat can’t move from lack of wind.
  9. 9. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Doubting Thomas Habitual Disbeliever Comes from Christian Bible, John 20:24-29
  10. 10. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Acting as Devil’s Advocate Taking the opposite side of a position for the sake of argument Comes from Catholic Church
  11. 11. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Let’s Practice incorrect correct
  12. 12. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Sometimes I act as a devil’s advocate in class so my students can understand another side of the issue. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  13. 13. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Sometimes I act as a devil’s advocate in class so my students can understand another side of the issue. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  14. 14. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net When you give out all your personal details online, you are casting your pearls before swine. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  15. 15. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net When you give out all your personal details online, you are casting your pearls before swine. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  16. 16. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net She believes everything she reads on the Internet is true. She is such a Doubting Thomas! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  17. 17. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net She believes everything she reads on the Internet is true. She is such a Doubting Thomas! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  18. 18. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net She believes nothing she reads on the Internet is true. She is such a Doubting Thomas! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  19. 19. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Don’t believe his crocodile tears about letting you go. He is only concerned with his own bottom line. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  20. 20. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Don’t believe his crocodile tears about letting you go. He is only concerned with his own bottom line. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  21. 21. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I am making such progress with my new book so far this year! I am really dead in the water right now. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  22. 22. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I am making such progress with my new book so far this year! I am really dead in the water right now. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  23. 23. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I am making such little progress with my new book so far this year! I am really dead in the water right now. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  24. 24. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I forgot my paper was due this morning! I can either not submit it or turn in a terrible draft. What a choice of rotten apples! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  25. 25. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I forgot my paper was due this morning! I can either not submit it or turn in a terrible draft. What a choice of rotten apples! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  26. 26. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My boss just gave me the best compliment. She is really damming me with faint praise right now. I am surely going to get that promotion! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  27. 27. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My boss just gave me the best compliment. She is really damming me with faint praise right now. I am surely going to get that promotion! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  28. 28. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My boss just gave me the lamest compliment. She is really damming me with faint praise right now. I am never going to get that promotion! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  29. 29. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I can’t save any money because I like my creature comforts too much! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  30. 30. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net I can’t save any money because I like my creature comforts too much! Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  31. 31. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My students enjoy writing so much that they are always champing at the bit to leave class. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  32. 32. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My students enjoy writing so much that they are always champing at the bit to leave class. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  33. 33. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net My students enjoy writing so much that they are never champing at the bit to leave class. Is the idiom is being used correctly or incorrectly??
  34. 34. 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 C and D 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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