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36688605 25 Common Idioms for Ielts

36688605 25 Common Idioms for Ielts

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25 Common English Idiomsfor Students of English
Learn Colorful and Useful English Vocabulary!
Increase your vocabulary and speak more natural English bystudying the idioms andexpressions below. These are some of the most commonexpressions in English. Studythe example sentences which show how idioms are used incontext when you speak English. English Expression 1. as easy as pie means "very easy"(same as "a piece of cake")Example:He said it is a difficult problem, but I don't agree. Itseems as easy as pie tome!English Expression 2. be sick and tired of means "I hate" (also"can't stand")Example:I'm sick and tired of doing nothing but work. Let's goout tonight and havefun.English Expression 3. bend over backwards means "try very hard"(maybe too much!)Example:He bent over backwards to please his new wife, but shenever seemedsatisfied.English Expression 4. bite off more than one can chew means"take responsibility formore than one can manage"Example: John is so far behind in his studies. Besides classes, heplays sports and worksat a part-time job. It seems he has bitten off more than he canchew.English Expression 5. broke means "to have no money"Example:I have to borrow some money from my Dad. Right now,I'm broke.English Expression 6. change one's mind means "decide to dosomething different fromwhat had been decided earlier"Example:I was planning to work late tonight, but I changed mymind. I'll do extra work on the weekend instead.
 
English Expression 7. Cut it out! means "stop doing somethingbad"Example:That noise is really annoying. Cut it out!English Expression 8. drop someone a line means "send a letter oremail to someone"Example:It was good to meet you and I hope we can see eachother again.Drop me aline when you have time.English Expression 9. figure something out means "come tounderstand a problem"Example:I don't understand how to do this problem. Take a look at it. Maybe youcan figure it out.English Expression 10. fill in for someone means "do their work while they are away"Example:While I was away from the store, my brother filled in forme.English Expression 11. in ages means "for a very long time"Example:Have you seen Joe recently? I haven't seen him in ages.English Expression 12. give someone a hand means "help"Example:I want to move this desk to the next room. Can you giveme a hand?English Expression 13. hit the hay means "go to bed" (also "hitthe sack")Example:It's after 12 o'clock. I think it's time to hit the hay.English Expression 14. in the black means "the business is makingmoney, it isprofitable"Example:Our business is really improving. We've been in theblack all year.English Expression 15. in the red means "the business is losingmoney, it isunprofitable"Example:Business is really going poorly these days. We've beenin the red for the pastthree months.English Expression 16. in the nick of time means "not too late, butvery close!"Example:I got to the drugstore just in the nick of time. It's a goodthing, because I
 
really need this medicine!English Expression 17. keep one's chin up means "remain braveand keep on trying"Example:I know things have been difficult for you recently, butkeep your chin up. Itwill get better soon.English Expression 18. know something like the back of your handmeans "knowsomething very, very well"Example:If you get lost, just ask me for directions. I know thispart of townlike theback of my handEnglish Expression 19. once in a while means "sometimes, notvery often"Example:Have you been to the new movie theater? No, only seemovies once in awhile. I usually stay home and watch TV.English Expression 20. sharp means "exactly at a that time"Example:I'll meet you at 9 o'clock sharp. If you're late, we'll be introuble!English Expression 21. sleep on it means "think about somethingbefore making adecision"Example:That sounds like a good deal, but I'd like to sleep on itbefore I give you myfinal decision.English Expression 22. take it easy means "relax"Example:I don't have any special plans for the summer. I think I'll just take it easy.English Expression 23. to get the ball rolling means "startsomething, especiallysomething big"Example:We need to get this project started as soon as possible.I'm hoping you willhelp me get the ball rolling.English Expression 24. up to the minute means "the most recentinformation"Example:I wish I knew more about what is happening in thecapital city. We needmore up to the minute news.

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