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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #77962: Idioms
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    to hang in there:





    as easy as pie
    to be all ears 
    to be chicken

     Hi, what's up?
      I don't mean 'what's up' ( qu'y a-t-il en haut ?). 'What's up' is an idiom. That's an expression where the words
     what, is, up do not have a precise meaning. Instead 'what's up' is a greeting, thence feeling. You are friendly
     with somebody, you want to know what they are doing, so we say: 'What's up?'.

     Now let's learn some other idioms that you can use to make your English more colourful.
             Our first idiom is: 'As easy as pie'. That just means something very, very easy or easier than it looks.
       For example you might say: I can do that it is as easy as pie. But don't say something like:
     'walking is as easy as pie'. Of course walking is easy but that's too obvious. You want to use 'as easy as pie'
     when something is a little bit difficult or seems difficult but you can do it. So it  shows you have confidence it shows  your feeling.

      Two idioms similar to 'it's as easy as pie' are: 'It's a piece of cake' or 'It's as easy as ABC'.
              Our second idiom is: 'To be all ears'. Of course somebody cannot have 'all ears' completely but that means
     they are listening carefully. So, if you are very interested in somebody's idea, so: 'go ahead and talk, I'm all ears'.
              Our third idiom is: 'To be chicken'. Of course a person cannot be a chicken, but if you are a chicken or just
     chicken then that means you are afraid. And we often use this when somebody doesn't want to do something.
     Oh, you are a chicken or don't be chicken. Sometimes we don't say it, we say  pa,pa,pa,pa,pa. And then they know
     that we think they are afraid.

             When you are learning idioms you should be all ears, listen carefully and then practise. Don't be chicken,
     just go and try, it's as easy as pie.

     to bury his head in the sand
     to go head over heels
     to be head over heels in love
     to laugh one's head off

     neck and neck
     to save one's neck
     an albatross around one's neck
     a pain in the neck (fam.)

            I'd give my right arm for..
     to cost an arm and a leg
     to have sea legs
     to know something like the back of his hand

     to have butterflies in one's stomach
     to be the apple of someone's eye
     to fight tooth and nail
     to have a frog in one's throat


              That's all, folks!

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          For many years that woman fought  to protect her children.
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            What is this man doing? He is
           Dad loves his little girl a lot. She is .
        This new house cost us , but we like it a lot, we have no regrets.
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