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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #118935: Vocabulary: idioms (more)
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    Vocabulary: idioms (more)



    English as a language is extremely rich in idioms which are often full of imagery. It's important

    to know them in order to understand the nuances they might express. It's also important to use

    them in order to make your conversation more lively and expressive.    


                 

     To work one's fingers to the bone

       = to work very hard

               A feather in one's cap

                 = To be very proud

               To fall on deaf ears

        = to be ignored, unnoticed

                              

                To put lipstick on a pig

              = it is useless

                 

                  To lose one's marbles

                      = to go crazy

                         Red tape

        = procedure of a bureaucracy

        delaying or preventing action.

                        

                   To  lock horns

                  = to quarrel

                      A long row to hoe

                    =a long and difficult work

                   A poker face

         = an expressionless face

                      

           To cost an arm and a leg

           = to be very expensive...

               To be a stepping stone

        = a stage and means to progress 

               To be a wet blanket

    = lacking enthusiasm and enjoyment...


         

                  To learn the ropes

              = learn the bases of an art

                 To be at a loose end

            = not knowing what to do

                  A loose cannon

            = to be beyond control

      

         All bark and no bite

    = not as dangerous as it looks! 

                 To be few and scarce/ far between

                          =to be extremely rare.

          To put your fingers in every pie

         =  involved in several activities

                

    Knocked down with a feather

    = extremely surprised

                  A fly in the ointment

       = a minor difficulty spoiling pleasure

                "Flying colours"

             = Easily, brilliantly.

            

                  To raise the roof

              = make a lot of noise

                  To take the rap for someone

           = take the blame for someone else

            To have a bone to pick with...

      = something to argue about...


    Go for it! The FORCE is with you...  



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