Idiomatic Expressions Commonly Used in English
1. Accidentally on purpose: If you do something intentionally, but pretend it was an accident, you do it accidentally on purpose.
2. All ears: To say that you are all ears means that you are listening very attentively.
3. Apple of your eye: A person, usually a child, who is the apple of your eye is one for whom you have great affection.
4. Buckle down: If you buckle down, you apply yourself with determination to hard work and give it hour full attention.
5. Call it quits: When people temporarily stop doing something or put an end to an activity, they call it quits.
6. Can't hold a candle to: If one person can't hold a candle to another, they are much less competent or do not perform as well as the other.
7. Dig in your heels: If you dig in your heels, you refuse to do something, especially if someone is trying to convince you to do so.
8. Eagle eyes: Someone who has eagle eyes see or notices things more easily than others.
9. Easy does it!: You can 'easy does it!' when you want something to be done slowly and carefully.
10. Eat someone alive: If you criticize someone severely because you are angry with them, you eat them alive.
11. Ego trip: If you do something to drive attention to yourself and feel important or superior to others, you are on an ego trip.
12. Eleventh hour: If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens when it is almost too late, or at the last possible moment.
13. Enough said: This expression indicates that you completely understand the situation and further details aren't necessary.
14. Every dog has its day: This expression means that everyone can be successful at something at some time in their life.
15. Excuse my French: This expression is used as an apology for using crude or offensive language.
16. Get a kick out of: If you get a kick out of something, you feel enjoyment or excitement from something.
Tania is a bit strange - she gets a kick out of listening to other people's phone messages.
17. Give a heads up: to give someone information or a warning.
I wanted to give you a heads up that I'll be sending you the revised form foryour approval.
18. In essence: 'basically', fundamentally' or 'essentially' and refers to the most important or essential facts.
19. Join the club!: You say that somebody 'join the club!', to express sympathy for an unpleasant experience you have had too.
20. Judge a book by its cover: 'Don't judge a book by its cover' means you shouldn't form an opinion based on appearance only.
21. Jump to conclusions: A person who jumps to conclusions reaches a decision or makes a judgement too fast, before taking the time to check out all the facts.
22. Keep a low profile: A person who keeps a low profile tries not to attract public attention.
23. Keep at arm's length: If you keep someone at arm's length, you do not allow yourself to become too friendly with them.
24. Keep head above water: To keep one's head above water means to try to survive by staying out of debt, for example a small business.
25. Keep posted: If someone asks you to keep them posted, they want you to keep them informed about a situation.
26. Keep under your hat: To keep something under one's hat means to keep a secret.
27. Keep your back covered: If you do something in case a problem arises later for which you might be blamed, you keep your back covered.
28. Kick the bucket: To kick the bucket is a not serious way of talking about death. It means "to die".
29. Lay it on the line: If you speak frankly and make something very clear, you lay it on the line.
30. Learn the hard way: If you learn the hard way, you learn through your own experience, good and bad, rather than from the advice or guidance of others.
31. Leave the door open: If you leave the door open, you behave in such a way as to allow the possibility of further action.
32. Make an ass of yourself: If you behave so stupidly that you appear ridiculous, you make an ass of yourself.
33. Make blood boil: If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really angry.
34. Make blood run cold: If something makes your blood run cold, it shocks or scares you a lot.
The look in the prisoner's eye made my blood run cold!
35. More than meets the eye: When something is more complicated, difficult or interesting than it appears, it is said that there is more (to it) than meets the eye.
36. On the wagon: Someone who is on the wagon is no longer drinking alcohol.
37. Play it by ear: To play by ear means to improvise or act without preparation, according to the demands of the situation. (Music: to play by remembering the tune, without printed music.)
38. Quiet as a mouse: When someone is as quiet as a mouse, they make no noise at all.
39. Sell like hot cakes: Things that sell like hot cakes sell quickly or in large quantities.
40. Stop at nothing: This means that you are to do anything in to it, if it , , or other
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