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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #65328: Idioms and expressions
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    Idioms and expressions


                         In the doghouse


    Meaning: 'In the doghouse' means to be in disgrace or disfavour because of something wrong or bad that the person has done.

    Example:

    - I'm in the doghouse, now. The boss wanted my report this morning, but I haven't finished it yet.


                                 ♦ Straight from the horse's mouth


    Meaning: 'Straight from the horse's mouth' means directly from the person who originally made the statement.

    Example:

    - Trust me. It comes straight from the horse's mouth. I saw Mrs McKenzie this morning and she told me.



                               ♦ Get/have cold feet


    Meaning: To 'get or have cold feet' means to be too nervous to do something, especially right before doing it.

    Example:

    - I hope Mary doesn't get cold feet about singing in public tonight. It's her first time, and she's very nervous.



                               ♦ Play it by ear         


    Meaning: 'Play it by ear' means to decide what to do as you go along, changing to fit the situation.

    Example:

    - I haven't made any plans for the weekend. I'll just play it by ear and see what happens.


         ♦ Like an eager beaver


    Meaning: 'Like an eager beaver' means to be an enthusiastic person who is always ready to work hard or do anything extra to succeed or accomplish something.

    Example:

    - Bill wants to get promoted, so he's working late, he's such an eager beaver.












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    1. I got it . He told me himself this morning.

    2. At the last minute, Bill and didn't dive off the 10 meter high diving board.

    3. John's wife is angry at him because he forgot her birthday. He's now.

    4. Jim was going to ask Kay to marry him, but he and decided to wait a little longer.

    5. You'll never believe this but it's , we don't have to go to class on Friday.

    6. The football team was because they lost the game.

    7. Martha worked for hours to catch up on her work, she's .

    8. I have vacation soon. I 'll because I haven't enough money to make any plans.









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