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Idiom Expressions Bis

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IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONSAND « FAUX AMIS »
Common English expressions
 
 
 
Here are some French expressions. Find the missing words inthe English expressions.
BUY/GET / GIVE / HAPPINESS / SLEEP / BACK / SHARP / TIRED/BALL / HAND/ BROKE /SICK/MONEY 
a-
être fauché (comme les blés )
 
Can I borrow you some money ?
I’m
……………………………. .b-
à (10 heures) précises :
Let’s meet
a t
10 a.m……………………………. ! Don’t be late !c-
… comme ma poche :
I know New York City
like the
………………
of my
……………. !d-
Donner un coup de main :
Will you ………………
me a
…………….with my English homework ?e-
en avoir par dessus la tête /en avoir mare :
I am ………………
and
…………….
of 
all your questions !f-
se mettre à l’oeuvre/à la tâche :
We need to start now !Let’s…………..
the
………………
rolling
!g-
dormir dessus / y réfléchir :
Why don’t you ……………..….
on it
and give me an answer tomorrow?h-
l’argent ne fait pas le bonheur :
……………..….
doesn’t
…………. …………………..… !
English idioms relating to MONEY
 
 
 
Find an equivalent for the idiomatic expressions below. Choosefrom the tool box:
to give your opinion - to spend your money as soon as you make it - to be really expensive - to becareful about how you spend your money not to have enough money - to have a lot of money - to haveenough money to pay your bills and cover all your expenses - to make a lot of money – to have no money
a-
to be loaded :
b-
to make a killing :
 c-
to make ends meet :
 d-
to live hand to mouth :
 e-
to cost/pay an arm and a leg( for something) :
 f-
to pinch pennies :
 
 
g-
to be tight with money :
 h-
to put in your two cents :
 i-
to be penniless :
 
 
Now complete the examples using the appropriate expression.
 
My grandma is a penny pincher. She
………………………………………………………… .
 
At the end of the month my parents have a hard time covering all the expenses. They……….
……………………………………………………. .
In my last meeting at school, I
…………………………………………………………about
theextensive use of cell phones in class .
 
My sister
……………………………………………………………….
working for the oil industry.
 
Since I lost my job, I have had to
………………………………………………………………………… .
 
I lost my job and I’m having a hard time
………………………………………………………………… .
 
My uncle is
…………………………………………. ,
so he always buys us awesome presents.
I ‘ve spent all my pocket money on clothes today . I
……………………………………………….. !
 
My new car…………………………………………………………………………….. , but I love it!
English idioms relating to SUCCESS/FAILURE 
 
Making use of the context, infer the meaning of theBritish expressions below:
a-
If you
bring the house down
, you give a very successful performance
.
"If he sings like that on Saturday, he'll
bring the house down
."
 
b-
 To say that
the cake
(or
the game
)
is not worth the candle
meansthat the advantages to be gainedfrom doing something are not worth the effort involved.
"He recorded an album but sold very few copies
;
the cake wasn't worth thecandle
!"
 
c-
If you
chance your arm
, you decide to do something even thoughthere is little hope of success.
"Tony knew there was little hope of getting into Harvard but he decided
to chance hisarm
anyway."
 
d-
If you
cut your own throat,
you do something that will be the cause of your own failure or ruin your chances in the future.
"Tony has already missed a lot of classes. He's
cutting his own throat
."
 
 
e-
 
Every dog has its day
:This expression means that everyone can besuccessful at something at some time in their life.
 
"I didn't win this time, but I'll be lucky one day.
Every dog has its day
!
"
 
f-
 To say that someone has
fallen from grace
means that they have donesomething wrong, immoral or unacceptable, andas a result have lost their good reputation.
"The Finance Minister
fell from grace
as a result of a sex scandal."
 
g-
If someone is
fighting a losing battle
, they are trying to do somethingeven when there is little chance of succeeding.
"The headmaster is
fighting a losing battle
trying to ban mobile phones atschool."
h-
 To say that a company, organization or country is
going to the dogs
means that it is becoming less successful or efficient than before
.
 
"Somethink the company will
go to the dogs
if it is nationalized."
 
i-
 
If someone or something is
going great guns
, they are doing very well.
 
"Fred's night club
is going great guns
. It's becoming hard to get in!.
 
 j-
 
When you
make a go of 
something, you succeed in your enterprise orproduce good results.
 
"He opened a restaurant and worked hard to make a go of it."
k-
 
 This expression means that success often leads to further successes.
"The success of my first book encouraged me to continue writing.
Nothing succeedslike success!
"
l-
 
If you
pack something in
, you abandon it or give it up.
"She found city life so stressful, she decided
to pack it in
and move to the country."
m-
 
If you go
from rags to riches
, you start off being very poor andbecome very rich and successful.
"By renovating old houses in the right places, he
went from rags to riches
."
 
n-
 
Someone who is
riding high
is enjoying a period of success orpopularity.
He's been
riding high
since the success of his last film.
 
o-
 
 To say "
the sky's the limit
" means that there is no limit to thepossibility of success or progress for someone or something.
"How successful

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