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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
= 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
= 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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