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Out of date 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

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Understanding English Idioms

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Never bite the hand that feeds you. <ul><li>to harm someone who has been helping you. </li></ul>
  3. 3. He stayed home because he was under the weather <ul><li>Feeling ill </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>You are &quot; barking up the wrong tree &quot; when you are trying to find something, but you are looking in the wrong place. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fortunately she’s back in the pink. <ul><li>Very strong and healthy </li></ul>
  6. 6. Since he got the news, he’s been on cloud nine. <ul><li>Feeling extreme happiness or elation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. That hairdo is so behind the times. <ul><li>Old fashioned </li></ul><ul><li>Out of date </li></ul>
  8. 8. &quot;How was your test today?&quot; Reply: &quot;It was a piece of cake .&quot; <ul><li>Very easy to do </li></ul>
  9. 9. Please keep me in the loop. <ul><li>Fully informed </li></ul><ul><li>In the know </li></ul>
  10. 10. Never bite off more than you can chew. <ul><li>To take on a challenge that is too big </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mom’s washing machine is on the blink. <ul><li>Isn’t working properly </li></ul><ul><li>Is out of order </li></ul>
  12. 12. His girlfriend broke up with him out of the blue. <ul><li>Suddenly and unexpectedly </li></ul>
  13. 13. He has his head in the sand. <ul><li>to refuse to think about an unpleasant situation or face the facts. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The manager is really on the ball. <ul><li>Competent </li></ul><ul><li>Doing a good job </li></ul>
  15. 15. The business is finally in the black <ul><li>Making a profit </li></ul><ul><li>Out of debt </li></ul>in
  16. 16. He was so tired that he hit the hay right after dinner. <ul><li>Went to bed </li></ul>
  17. 17. Knock on wood , I'm much better now <ul><li>To have good fortune and hope it will continue. </li></ul>
  18. 18. His idea was really off the wall. <ul><li>Strange or very different </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Give away a secret. </li></ul>
  20. 20. A policeman’s job is not a bed of roses. <ul><li>an easy and pleasant situation </li></ul>
  21. 21. Please get to the point! <ul><li>Tell me the essential information. </li></ul><ul><li>Skip all the details </li></ul>
  22. 22. He shouldn’t be a backseat driver. <ul><li>Someone who criticizes from the sideline </li></ul><ul><li>Annoyingly giving unwanted advice </li></ul>
  23. 23. Get off my back! I do it in a minute. <ul><li>Quit nagging or bothering me. </li></ul>
  24. 24. When she started the job, she was still wet behind the ears. <ul><li>Either very young or inexperienced. </li></ul>

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