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Vocabulary; idioms using other vegetals 2/2
Anglo-Saxons are great lovers of gardens and nature in general. Therefore, it's normal and usual for them to use expressions referring to these favourite themes. We have already studied the idioms dealing with fruits, grass and hay. Here are a few more about other vegetals.
1) There are still a great number of idioms dealing with vegetals. In this lesson, we'll study bushes, fruits as a whole, leaves and roots:
To beat around the bush
= not to mention the real topic
A bird in hand is worth two
in the bush= It's better to have one
than to be promised two!
|A flower girl = a hippy||To be a wallflower= to be shy and unimportant|
|A bowl of cherries= a great pleasure||A cherry pie= a delicious pastry|
2) Fruits, leaves, and roots...
|To bear fruit= to be productive|
The fruit of her womb
Deeds are fruits, words are leaves.
= Actions , not words, are important.
No root, no fruit
= You need roots in order to give fruit
Money is the root of all evil
= Money is the reason why there's Evil.
The root of the matter
= the true reason for
The other side of the hedge
To look over the hedge
= to spy on people
Dragged through a hedge backwards
= tousled hair
3) Let's go on with trees and woods.
Money doesn't grow on trees
= Money is difficult to earn!
Straight trees have crooked roots
= Don't trust appearances
A tree is known by its fruit
= Good trees give good fruit
To bark up the wrong tree
= to be mistaken
Go and climb a tree!
= Go to hell!
To be at the top of the tree
= To be the best!
/to be impossible to reach
A babe in the woods
= To be innocent.
To have the wooden spoon
= To be hopeless and last!
To be out of the woods
= To be safe...
Here you are! Those many expressions will have to be chosen correctly in the following test, which is easy! Good luck for it!
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