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  1. 1. Idioms
  2. 2. Here are some examples of idioms that people use in their daily speech.
  3. 3. <ul><li>** Call it a day : </li></ul><ul><li>stop work for the day </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s late and you’ve accomplished a lot. Why don’t you call it a day?” </li></ul>** Green : inexperienced . e.g. “ I don’t think you can depend on Ahmed to do that job himself. He’s too green.
  4. 4. ** Cost (someone) an arm and a leg : cost a lot; be very expensive e.g. A: “Your new car is really nice.” B: “It should be. It cost me an arm and a leg!”
  5. 5. ** Don’t count your chicken until they hatch : Don’t assume that something will happen until it has happened . e.g. A: “I’m sure that I’m going to win a lot of money in Las Vegas.” B: “Don’t count your chicken until they hatch !”
  6. 6. ** Hit the sack : go to bed e.g. “ I’m really tired. I think I’ll hit the sack.” ** Zip your lip! : keep something secret; promise not to tell what has just been said. e.g. “ What I told you is really important, so zip your lip!.”
  7. 7. ** keep one’s fingers crossed : hope for the best e.g. A: “How did you do on the test?.” B: “I think I passed, but I won’t know until tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!”
  8. 8. ** Nuts : crazy e.g. A: “Ali says some really strange things sometimes.” B: “Sometimes? All the time! He’s nuts!” ** R and R : rest and relaxation e.g. “ I think you’re working too hard, Ahmed. You need some R and R.”
  9. 9. ** Rain cats and dogs : rain very hard e.g. “ You can’t leave just now! It’s raining cats and dogs and you don’t have an umbrella or raincoat!”
  10. 10. ** Step on it! : Hurry up! e.g. “ Step on it! The taxi will be here at any time and you’re not even dressed!” ** Zilch : nothing A: How much money do you have? B: Zilch. I’m broken until payday. e.g.
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