Idioms and proverbs in alphabetical order and with pictures


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Idioms and proverbs in alphabetical order and with pictures

  1. 1. IDIOMS AND PROVERBS ALPHABETICALLY AND WITH PICTURES  To see the idioms and pictures click on the index at the top of each slide  For example, click on A-E if you want to read and see examples and pictures of idioms starting in A,B,C,D and E. 
  2. 2. Remember….
  3. 3. Origins of the proverb   ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY -- "Invoked when a task is too big to be accomplished quickly, this familiar saying was originally a French proverb, 'Rome was not made all in one day,' which was recorded in 'Li Proverbe au Vilain' (c. 1190). The English version did not appear until three centuries later, when it was included first in Richard Taverner's translation of 'Erasmus' Adages' as 'Rome was not buylt in one day,' and then a year later in John Heywood's 'A Dialogue Conteinyng the Nomber in Effect of all the Prouerbes in the Englishe Tongue' as 'Rome was not bylt on a daie (quoth he) & yet stood Tyll it was fynysht.' 'Rome was not built.' was subsequently quoted or adapted by." many others. From "Wise Words and Wives' Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New" by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993). Page 158.
  4. 4. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.   Origin of :nothing ventured nothing gained NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED - " You can't get anywhere unless you're willing to take a risk. The saying dates back to Chaucer (c. 1374) and is similar to the late fourteenth century French proverb: Qui onques rien n'enprist riens n'achieva (He who never undertook anything never achieved anything) The proverb was included in John Heyword's collection of proverbs in 1546. First cited in the United States in 'Letters and Papers of Cadwallader Colden . It takes varying forms: Nothing ventured, nothing lost, nothing ventured, nothing won, etc. ." From the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
  5. 5. IDIOMS- A- E A- E  dioms/idiomsmain.html 
  6. 6. A- B -a bad apple -be a piece of cake -be all ears -be the apple of someone’s eye -beat around the bush - Bite off more than one can chew - The bottom line - Be broke - Bug someone - Butterflies in someone’s stomach
  7. 7. C - - Can’t make head nor tail (out) of something/someone Catch someone’s eye Be chicken Cold feet Couch potato Be down in the dumps
  8. 8. D and E - Drive someone up the wall - Eat one’s word
  9. 9. F–J  dioms/idiomsmain.html 
  10. 10. F-J Fall in love with  Feel like a fish out of water  G Get over something Get up/wake up on the wrong side of bed Give someone a hand Go nuts
  11. 11. Be glued to something  Grab a bite H  Hit the book  A hand-me-down  Here you go/are  Hit the ceiling/roof  Hit the nail on the head 
  12. 12. Hold one’s horses I  Be in a pickle  Be in the same boat  It’s easier said than done  Be in hot water  It’s about time 
  13. 13. K- O- dent/idioms/idiomsmain.html  Keep an eye on        sthg/someone Kill time Let someone know Make ends meet Be on the tip of someone’s tongue Once in a blue moon Out of the blue Out of the frying pan and into the fire
  14. 14. P-T dent/idioms/idiomsmain.html Pop the question  Play it by ear  Pull someone’s leg  Put all your eggs in one basket  Put yourself in someone’s shoes 
  15. 15. R Race against the clock/time  Read between the lines  Rings a bell to someone S  See the light  So far so good 
  16. 16. T  Take it easy  That makes two of us  That’s that  Time will tell  Be tongue-tied  The tip of the iceberg  Turn your back on (someone) 
  17. 17. U-Z Be under pressure  Up in the air W  Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve  When it rains, it pours  When pigs fly Y  You can say that again 
  18. 18. Exercise- try to guess the idiom represented in each picture
  19. 19. PROVERBS- A-Z A-E dioms/idiomsmain.html FJ idioms/idiomsmain.html LIST OF PROVERBS dioms/idiomsmain.html
  20. 20. Keys to idioms exercise1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. one in a blue moon to be caught red-handed To be all ears To bug someone To beat around the bush To pop the question To kill time To be like fish out of water To go nuts To get cold feet To eat your words To drive someone up the wall To catch someone’s eyes out of the blue
  21. 21. Resources from: English Language Cyber Center  English Idioms and Proverbs  Other resources  ◦ Interactive games: nidioms/commonidioms.html
  22. 22. Common idioms exercises Interactive matching activity  monidioms/commonidioms.html  Essential idioms  ◦ sential_ ◦ Time expressions ◦ pdf