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Idioms: the human body!
Most of the time, they use many references to animals,whichever they are.
They also contain many references to body parts.
I) Let's admit as a fact that one of the most important parts of our bodies is our "head", as a whole, and our brains in particular.
It is certain that there are in English, a large number of idioms mentioning people's heads.
It's most of the time difficult, if not impossible, to know what's happening in people's heads!
Here are the few expressions I chose. (they may not be the most common ones ! ) .
A head scratcher
= a difficult puzzle
A banana head
= a stupid man
To have rocks in your head
= to be very stupid
To be head over heels in love
= To be madly in love!
To toss heads or tails
= to toss a coin
To have eyes behind your head
II) Let's now be interested in what the people we speak to perceive (or think they perceive! ) about us. Let's consider our interactions with other people and what they think about those reactions.
Our faces, complexions and expressions are judged and interpreted by the people we meet.
To pull a long face
= to sulk or look very sad.
To have egg on your face
= to be ashamed, embarrassed
To put a brave face
= to pretend you're OK!
Beat out your brains
= Rack your brains
To pick someone's brains;
= to ask questions, or for help,
To be tongue-tied
= unable to speak
To speak tongue in cheek
= to joke
To bite your tongue
= to keep silent
III) I'll finish with the expressions mentioning the face and more particularly our eyes.
I'll keep other important body parts and organs for another lesson!
To have a black eye
The apple of your eyes
= the most precious thing
To have a bird's-eye view
A bull's eye
= (the center of the target )
I can't believe my eyes
= a revelation
Already a lot of idioms to remember! Let's hope they'll have struck you and that you won't mix them up too much.
Good luck for the test !
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