Idioms<br />Carol Wolff<br />
What is an idiom?<br />An idiom is an expression that has a meaning apart from the meanings of its individual words.<br />...
it is on the cards<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />possible or likely to happen.<br />
beat around the bush<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in ...
in my book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />in my opinion. According to me…<br />
no smoke without fire<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />something that you say which means that...
up in the air<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />undecided about someone or something; uncertain...
time flies<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br /> time passes very quickly.<br />
naked truth<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />the complete, factual truth.<br />
not for all the world<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Not at any price.<br />
set the world on fire<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do exciting things that bring fame a...
cook the books<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to record false information in the accounts of...
best of both worlds<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />	a situation wherein one can enjoy two di...
to be in a world of ones own<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />In deep thought or concentration...
read between the line<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to try to understand what is meant by s...
making a mountain out of a mole hill<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to exaggerate the import...
miss the mark<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To fail to reach the result that was intended.<...
too big for your boots<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Someone behaves as if they are more im...
head over heels<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to demonstrate one's excitement. Normally use...
to stick to your guns<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to remain firm in one's belief; to stan...
name dropping<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To mention casually the names of famous people ...
to get wind of<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to learn of something; to hear about something...
to jump the gun<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do something too soon, especially without ...
give your best shot<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do something as well as you possibly c...
to see which way the wind blows<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To understand what is happeni...
from the bottom of my heart<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />with sincere feeling.<br />
read someone like a book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />know exactly what they are feeling o...
in someone’s good books<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />they are pleased with you<br />
by the book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Correctly; according to the rules.<br />
change your mind<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to have a different opinion or intention tha...
change your tune<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to change your opinion completely, especiall...
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  1. 1. Idioms<br />Carol Wolff<br />
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  3. 3. What is an idiom?<br />An idiom is an expression that has a meaning apart from the meanings of its individual words.<br />An idiom has no fixed form.<br />
  4. 4. it is on the cards<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />possible or likely to happen.<br />
  5. 5. beat around the bush<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information.<br />
  6. 6. in my book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />in my opinion. According to me…<br />
  7. 7. no smoke without fire<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />something that you say which means that if people are saying that someone has done something bad but no one knows whether it is true, it probably is true.<br />
  8. 8. up in the air<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />undecided about someone or something; uncertain about someone or something.<br />
  9. 9. time flies<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br /> time passes very quickly.<br />
  10. 10. naked truth<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />the complete, factual truth.<br />
  11. 11. not for all the world<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Not at any price.<br />
  12. 12. set the world on fire<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do exciting things that bring fame and glory.<br />
  13. 13. cook the books<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to record false information in the accounts of an organization, especially in order to steal money.<br />
  14. 14. best of both worlds<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br /> a situation wherein one can enjoy two different opportunities<br />
  15. 15. to be in a world of ones own<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />In deep thought or concentration.<br />
  16. 16. read between the line<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to try to understand what is meant by something that is not written explicitly or openly. <br />
  17. 17. making a mountain out of a mole hill<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to exaggerate the importance of something.<br />
  18. 18. miss the mark<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To fail to reach the result that was intended.<br />
  19. 19. too big for your boots<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Someone behaves as if they are more important or more clever than they really are.<br />
  20. 20. head over heels<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to demonstrate one's excitement. Normally used when you are madly in love.<br />
  21. 21. to stick to your guns<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to remain firm in one's belief; to stand up for one's rights.<br />
  22. 22. name dropping<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To mention casually the names of famous people in order to imply that one is on familiar terms with them, intended as a means of self-promotion.<br />
  23. 23. to get wind of<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to learn of something; to hear about something.<br />
  24. 24. to jump the gun<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it.<br />
  25. 25. give your best shot<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to do something as well as you possibly can.<br />
  26. 26. to see which way the wind blows<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />To understand what is happening in changing circumstances and to be able to anticipate the future.<br />
  27. 27. from the bottom of my heart<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />with sincere feeling.<br />
  28. 28. read someone like a book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />know exactly what they are feeling or thinking without having to ask.<br />
  29. 29. in someone’s good books<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />they are pleased with you<br />
  30. 30. by the book<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />Correctly; according to the rules.<br />
  31. 31. change your mind<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to have a different opinion or intention than you had before.<br />
  32. 32. change your tune<br />Literal meaning <br />We interpret it to mean that<br />to change your opinion completely, especially because you know it will bring you an advantage .<br />

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