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The idiom twenty-four seven (24/7) is a time expression that means every hour of every day. It comes from the fact that there are 24 hours in a day and 7 days a week, but normally the phrase is used as an exaggeration. The real intent is a large amount of time, not literally all the time, except in specific contexts. Example #1: Because the factory was completely operated by robots and computers, it could keep going 24/7. Example #2: John is so intent an getting exercise and working out that he is overdoing it – it seems like he's at the gym 24/7. Example #3: As parents, our job is to keep our children safe, healthy and nurtured, 24/7 – no breaks for us. Example #4: This truck engine sounds like it has been running 24/7 – don't you ever give it a rest?

A Drag

If something or someone is described as a drag, then the person or thing is depressing, energy-using, and a problem for someone or everyone. The idiom comes from the idea that the friction of the air on a car or airplane slows it down – a phenomenon known as drag. It became a popular catch-phrase in the 1960s. Example #1: I don't know how you can live with her and not be in a bad mood – she seems like a real drag to be around all the time. Example #2: The song “Kind of a Drag” was a big hit by The Buckinghams in the late 1960s, and its theme was the sadness caused by unrequited love and infidelity. Example #3: We know it's a drag, but you really have to be home every night by midnight or we'll have to take away your license. Example #4: Why do you have to be such a drag? I get depressed just being in the same room with you.

A Great Catch

This phrase refers to something as a great choice. It is most often used to denote somebody who makes for an excellent girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife. Example #1: I don’t understand why you should be mad because you broke up with that guy. If you ask me, he’s not a great catch anyway. Example #2: He looks like Brad Pitt and he graduated from Yale. If he’s not your idea of a great catch, then something’s probably wrong with you! Example #3: Your bride looks dashing Peter. I hear she’s a great cook too. What a great catch! Example #4: You may be smart and pretty, but some people find you too moody. Try to be a bit more pleasant and I’m sure many guys will be considering you as a great catch.

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About Time
When a person says that it is “about time” for something, he means that too much time has passed. He is saying that you are late in doing something or that an expected event is overdue, and that more than enough time has passed for something to have happened. The idiom is commonly used with a form of the verb “to be,” and has a connotation of impatience and of annoyance. Example #1: It was just about time for the long movie to be over, and I was ready to go home. Example #2: It's about time you repaid me the $20 I loaned you – it's been over 6 months. Example #3: He felt that it was about time for her to leave – the conversation was getting boring. Example #4: It has to be about time to get the oil changed on our car, right?

Absent Minded
If a person has a habit or tendency to forget important or even not so important things, he or she is absent minded. We always say that the famous scientist Albert Einstein was forgetful and absent minded, because he was probably thinking about more serious things. The idiom is often used to describe academic people like professors, and sometimes elderly people. Example #1: My astronomy teacher was the perfect example of being absent minded – he always forgot what day it was and which class he was teaching. Example #2: I always get absent minded when I am thinking about a new musical composition – I forget what I was doing or thinking. Example #3: Nobody could accuse her of being absent minded – she remembered everyone's birthday every time. Example #4: Being absent minded is sometimes a sign of intelligence.

Across The Board
One of those idioms with a very physical origin, across the board simply means all inclusive, leaving out nothing and nobody. It can refer to many different things depending on the context, but it always means the same – it includes all with no exceptions. Example #1: If you are going to raise prices in your store, it should be across the board so that everything costs a little more. Example #2: Because of their successful sales this year, the company is giving out bonuses across the board. Let's all celebrate! Example #3: Since no one has admitted to the vandalism, all students will be suspended without exception – across the board. Example #4: I can confidently recommend her for the position across the board, in every possible way.

Example #3: I understand what you are telling me about how you made your decisions. Example #2: If you plan and write your research paper ahead of time. Example #1: When the secretary aired the senator's dirty laundry at the press conference. then your dirty laundry is being aired. but something still just didn't add up. Example #1: I arrived at the movie 10 minutes ahead of time. or at least that all of the facts are not yet known. Example #4: If you are honest about the details of your service charges. To be ahead of time means to be early. because time is an important part of our lives. It is generally considered to be a good thing. Ahead Of Time English has many idioms using the word and the concept of time. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: By cooking meals for the week ahead of time on Sunday. He was fired the next day. Example #1: The detective had interviewed all of the witnesses to the crime. and to have anticipated something in advance. John drank too much and began airing his bosses' dirty laundry. logical. Example #2: Her story about what happened last night won't add up – there is an hour missing from the time line. then there is suspicion that someone is being dishonest. it will all add up for your customers and they will trust you with their business. but it is generally embarrassing and hurtful for the person being discussed. Example #3: John never did anything ahead of time. This idiom can refer to secret information or merely private. to be finished or to have arrived before a required point in time. you'll be ready to submit it early and get extra credit. It is often used with public figures.Add Up If an explanation or series of actions or behaviors adds up. Example #3: At the office party. If something does not add up. and in fact his work was usually late. Air One's Dirty Laundry If someone talks about your private life in public. the politician's career was immediately finished due to the scandal. and understandable. then they are reasonable. so I was able to get a good seat in the theater. but can happen between acquaintances too. and it all adds up. I have more leisure hours after work during the week. Example #4: It can be hurtful and embarrassing to air someone's dirty laundry – some secrets are meant to stay secrets. Example #2: It's not a good idea to air your dirty laundry in public – you never know who might be listening.

and I have to be patient and polite while I'm listening. an expression from the 1960s which implies low intelligence and aptitude. If you cannot think of words to say due to surprise or shock. Example #2: Sometimes I think I'm a real airhead – I always forget my keys until I'm in the car and ready to go. a scolding. even though Brenda is beautiful and her family is rich. Example #4: I will sell you my car at a loss. then you have not made a profit or made back what was paid originally. we were simply at a loss – we thought that he was planning to go to college. . An Earful CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom an earful means more than you want to hear in a conversation. but sometimes I suspect she is not very bright. and a poor memory. you don't want to admit that your child might be kind of an airhead. since I desperately need the cash. Example #1: When my son told me and his mother that he had joined the army. she's somewhat of an airhead – she's not very smart. Example #3: Try not to be such an airhead – your interview today is very important and you want to make a good impression. Example #1: Unfortunately. Example #4: As a customer service representative.Airhead CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION To describe a person as an airhead is to say that it seems that there is nothing in his or her cranium but air – no brains. a reprimand. the professor was finally at a loss – and in front of the math class. Example #1: When I got home at midnight. Example #2: John's boss gave him an earful in his poor performance evaluation. the idea being that your ears are being filled with words. because we had to leave the country quickly. Example #3: My dentist gave me an earful about how badly I was doing at taking care of my teeth. If you sell an item at a loss. Example #4: As a parent. Example #3: I had to sell the house at a loss. At a Loss This idiom has 2 commonly used meanings. It usually implies a complaint. my wife gave me a real earful about being up late on a night before work. I'm always getting an earful from an angry customer. The idiom is related to calling someone spacy. and John was grateful when it was finally over. Example #2: After trying everything to solve the problem. then you are at a loss. or harsh words in addition to the volume of words. or you have no options.

then you shouldn't get involved. but after a while you'll get accustomed to it. Example #2: The long war was at an end after many battles and many lives lost. but you should be willing to learn from your mistakes and do better next time.At An End The idiom at an end means at the finish. Example #4: The class realized that the semester was at an end. right from the start. Example #1: There was no doubt that John was at fault for the failure of the advertising campaign – it was his idea from start to finish. Example #3: I think you will agree that at first a cruise ship can be frightening. Example #1: At first I was very naive and gullible. Example #3: The relationship between the two companies will be at an end after the last fiscal quarter. and “at an end” which implies no more time. Example #2: There's an old saying that if at first you don't succeed. but over time I learned to appreciate her sharp intelligence and quick sense of humor. at the point where nothing else can be done. so they decided to have a party to celebrate. Example #3: If you don't want to be considered at fault. and now the rebuilding had to begin. At Fault The idiom at fault means to be responsible for. Example #2: When the coroner finally conducted the autopsy. when they will operate independently. There is NO such idiom as “at second” or “at third. Example #4: She intimidated me at first. but I finally became experienced enough to know my way around the city. At First The short idiom phrase at first means in the beginning stage. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . to be to blame. from the first step. she found that his heart was at fault – he died of a heart attack. but there is a big difference between “at the end” which means a certain point in a cycle of time. Example #1: We finally had to accept reality and admit that our marriage was at an end – we are now separated. or a thing that has been the cause of an event or outcome. then you need to continue trying – don't stop. Example #4: There's no shame in being at fault for how everything happened. It probably seems strange to a non-native speaker. It can refer to a person.” and so on – English keeps you thinking.

Example #2: Most of the customers who buy our fishing equipment are average Joes who don't want to read instructions. emotional. and truth-telling is sworn with a hand on the heart. It might be physical. but I was determined to impress her somehow and make her fall in love with me. but I saw her last night and she seems to be back on her feet – she's dating a wonderful man. and to be a true patriot at heart. but you'll get better eventually. but the idiom implies that whatever the person is recovering from was serious. and no very bad characteristics either. Example #1: I'm just an old-fashioned. but it also means deep inside. . it took over 6 months for John to get back on his feet and go back to work. sentimental fool at heart – I always cry in the sad part of the movie. The idiom is not applied to females. Average Joe CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If someone is an average Joe. The name Joe is very common. Western cultures see the heart as the seat of love. Example #2: The divorce was devastating for Sheila.At Heart The idiom at heart can simply be a synonym for the words basically or essentially. then that person has recovered from something that was injurious. Example #3: My neighbor is definitely not your average Joe – he has a doctorate from Stanford in astrophysics and works at the university. Example #4: The average Joe doesn't want to sit down in front of his big screen television after a hard day's work and hear a lot of bad news. and is used here as a representation of the common. or mental. Example #1: I knew that I was just an average Joe in her eyes. but I never expected him to ask her for a date. Example #3: I have to tell you that at heart I'm a vegetarian. Example #4: You have to be committed to your country to be a Marine. on the interior. Example #1: After the car accident. Back On One's Feet If someone is back on his or her feet. Example #4: Sometimes getting back on your feet after being hurt can take a long time. and at heart he's a romantic. Example #3: The only way to get back on your feet after such a terrible thing is to resolve to get better on your own. in a private and maybe unknown way. everyday man. so we make it very easy to use. then he is a regular person with no outstandingly good qualities. Example #2: John has always been attracted to the front desk secretary. even though I can't stop eating meat completely. but ask for help if you need it.

then you are starting all over again with new plans. Example #3: I was learning the new computer software on my own. Example #2: My wife accused me of being a back seat driver because I told her to be careful going downtown today. so I'm back to the drawing board. Example #1: After thinking about his decision to buy a new Mercedes. Example #4: The truth is that some drivers need a back seat driver because they don't pay attention to what they are doing. The origin of the expression is from the way that architects and engineers make plans on paper. Example #3: If you have to back out of an agreement. and try to make it better this time. Example #2: John was engaged to be married to a wonderful girl. Example #3: My experiment was a failure. and Jane was looking over my shoulder and telling me what to do – I hate back seat drivers. Example #2: I think we should go back to the drawing board with our design. on large easels or drawing boards. he chose to back out of the deal because it was too expensive. you should at least have a good reason. or to change a situation in an extreme way.Back Out To back out of a driveway or a parking spot with your car means to move in reverse. so the idiom can be used in non-driving situations. Example #4: Until you have actually signed the final papers. it's never too late to back out of buying a house. Back Seat Driver CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom back seat driver refers to someone sitting in the rear of an automobile who gives instructions and advice to the driver. The idiom to back out means to reverse a position or decision. Example #4: Sometimes the best way to proceed after a mistake is to start over and go back to the drawing board. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . but he backed out before they set a date for the wedding. Example #1: Well. it's back to the drawing board for John – his proposal was rejected by the boss again. This advice is not wanted and is seen as being intrusive. from the beginning. Example #1: My mother is such a bad back seat driver that she actually makes me nervous when she's in the car – she just can't be quiet. Back to the Drawing Board If you need to go back to the drawing board.

Example #1: Despite his reputation. he did promote John to a better paying position last year. Example #4: In the history of economics. so we certainly got the best bang for our buck. Bail Out The idiom bail out has 2 related meanings. where the more noise (the bang) that is produced. It could be for having a character flaw. I'm afraid – we caught her stealing from the office petty cash box and had to dismiss her. older stores. Example #2: I had to bail out my brother last night from the county jail after he was arrested for reckless driving. Example #3: To say that a person is not a bad egg is to pay someone a lefthanded compliment.Bad Egg CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If someone is a bad egg. or to damn someone with faint praise – all of which are idiomatic expressions. Example #2: She's a bad egg. Example #2: If you really want to get the most bang for your buck. I just don't know how to get people to like me. the better the value of the purchase (a buck is a dollar). Example #4: When we bought our house the market was down and the price was below the value. Example #3: When the Mercedes dealer had a sale. The expression has become well-known in economics in recent years. The idiom originates in the fact that sometimes an egg is not edible even though it looks good – it's a bad egg. bad behavior. Bang For The Buck CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom bang for the buck means a high value for a relatively small price. I bought one and ended up getting a lot of bang for the buck. . John's boss is not really such a bad egg – after all. Example #3: If you make a habit of bailing your children out of every difficulty. It can be a verb or noun phrase. Example #4: I'm not a bad egg. One is to provide bail money for someone charged with a crime and being held in jail. because so many jobs would be lost if the company failed. the savings and loan bail out of the 80s will always be a much-studied event. the other is to help someone in a bad situation. they will never take responsibility for their own actions. Example #1: You'll definitely get more bang for the buck at the new giant discount store than at the smaller. do your gift shopping at the duty-free shop. Example #1: The automobile company requested a bail out from the government. The origin of the expression is from the use of gunpowder in weapons and fireworks. poor social skills. or a number of other reasons. then he or she is not a good person.

Bank On The idiom to bank on means to put one's trust in. and one day the owners simply closed their doors and took my retirement with them. Example #3: Every successful company has at least one bean counter who nobody likes. meaning someone who micromanages and who is too concerned with details at the expense of more important things. Example #4: Don't be such a bean counter – we can use our savings for a small vacation at least! Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . but it takes time and effort to achieve that kind of freedom. Banker's Hours CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom banker's hours means to work for a short time. Example #1: John's boss is a real bean counter – he noticed that John had arrived to work 2 minutes late and reprimanded him. but the expression remains useful. Example #4: I hope you don't expect banker's hours here – we all work 50 to 60 hour weeks at this company. but accountants count money. Example #3: If you are successfully self-employed you can work banker's hours. Example #2: Most of us would love to have banker's hours and get paid the same as we do for a 40 hour week. you have to able to bank on your partner or your business will fail. and you can tell her she can bank on it. but with increased competition and the emphasis on customer service. The idiom has a negative connotation. because he's never been wrong before when it comes to investments. Example #2: The boss has changed his mind about John – he now sees him as someone to bank on in a crisis. banks were only open a few hours during the middle of the day. Example #1: John's boss seems to be working banker's hours these days – he comes in late and goes home early. In the past banks and the banking system were seen as the ultimate safe haven. Example #1: She will get the lead role in the play. but it's not going to happen. Example #2: I was a bean counter at the company for 40 years. Example #4: In a partnership enterprise. Example #3: I feel that I can bank on his advice. Inventory controllers might actually count beans. That attitude has changed in recent times. most modern banks are now open at convenient times. Bean Counter CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION A bean counter is an accountant or bookkeeper who records and tracks every penny spent. but who makes sure that every cent is accounted for. Decades ago. and to put money in the bank was to trust the institution completely. It is a good example of an outdated expression that stays useful in the language.

just like blowing an electric fuse. Blessing In Disguise The idiom blessing in disguise describes a common event in life. Then you find that a good thing happens that couldn't have done so without the bad thing. Example #4: Don't agree to anything unless it's in black and white. Example #1: He said he would pay me twice my current salary. I was devastated. less expensive life afterward. But it was a blessing in disguise. Example #1: When I told John he was being demoted. Example #2: It's impossible to see a blessing in disguise when it happens – you just have to wait. unlucky. wrong. Example #4: Sometimes when I feel myself about to blow a fuse. Example #3: Losing the house was a blessing in disguise. Example #1: When the accident at the ski run happened. If you say you would like to see it in black and white. because we started living a simpler. Blow A Fuse If you are living in a house or an apartment and fuse blows. . Example #4: What seems like a mistake can be a blessing in disguise if you can learn from it and grow. If you blow a fuse yourself in an idiomatic way. Example #2: We'll get to the movie on time – please don't blow a fuse about this heavy traffic! Example #3: He has a tendency to blow a fuse instead of communicating his feelings in a mature way. Formality is the main meaning here. Example #2: So you received an offer to buy your house – did you get it in black and white? Example #3: Seeing the divorce papers was a shock – our marriage was over in black and white. in an official legal form. I count to 10 while not speaking and it usually helps. you have an electrical problem of some kind.Black And White To ask for a decision or agreement in black and white means to get it in writing. on paper. you get angry and lose your temper. Getting excessively angry is frightening and sudden. he blew a fuse and left my office very angry. you are saying that you are not satisfied with an understood agreement. This is the opposite of a verbal contract in which each party agrees to something. and I asked him to put it in black and white. and you feel a negative impact. Imagine that something happens that seems bad. as opposed to casual. because I fell in love with the man who rescued me.

but our city was the only place where his plane could land.Blow Away To blow someone away is to impress him or her to a high degree. which is very annoying to all the employees. Example #1: Her singing just blew me away – I didn't expect her to have a voice like that. Example #2: If you blow this incident out of proportion. The phrase comes from photography. The idiom uses the noun boss as a verb meaning to command or order. then you're not going to be well-liked. or unexpectedness in a particular setting. Example #1: The policeman totally blew my speeding out of proportion – I was only going 5 miles over the speed limit. Example #4: I know you are feeling sick.” Example #3: If you try to boss others around and act like a jerk. “As long as you are living in my house. and hoped not to be disappointed. Boss Around CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION To boss someone around is to tell someone what to do and act like his or her supervisor when there is no such relationship between you. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . to earn their respect and admiration with a lot of impact. because I AM the boss here. “You can't boss me around anymore – I'm 18 years old and I can do what I want to do. Example #2: The charity was blown away by the quantity of donations earned at the telethon. Blow Something Out Of Proportion CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to blow something out of proportion is to exaggerate. Example #4: The new secretary tries to boss everyone around like she's the manager or something. shock. then our son will never trust us again to be fair and honest – he didn't wreck the car on purpose. but don't blow it out of proportion – you're not going to die. Example #3: It is tempting to blow the president's visit out of proportion. The idiom can also have a connotation of surprise. The word around emphasizes the degree of the unnecessary behavior.” Example #2: I said to him. they will be customers for life. Example #3: If you can blow away your customers with quality service and great products. Example #1: My son told me. when a lens or treatment is used to change natural proportions in an image. not 20. or to place too much emphasis or importance on something that does not warrant such treatment. Example #4: John's boss told him that he expected to be blown away by John's new advertising campaign. I have the right to boss you around. which is an indication of its somewhat violent origins.

Example #2: Being a single mother was very difficult for Sheila – she was the breadwinner.000. Bottom Line CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom the bottom line means the most important point to consider in a given situation. the bottom fell out of the tourist trade and we had to find other ways to earn money. the cook. Example #4: Look. the nurse. the bottom line is where the profit or loss is shown. the bottom finally fell out and John lost his job. and the nurturer all in one. Example #2: When the bottom falls out of your life and you have no where to go. Example #4: The way the economy is these days. Example #3: After the tsunami. the house cleaner. no matter what the cost might be. including employee satisfaction. Example #2: Here's the bottom line. Example #3: John's boss was always interested in the bottom line. Example #4: After John's boss had embezzled millions from the company. Breadwinner CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION All over the world. I have the right to make some rules for everyone who lives here. the one thing that can sustain life on its own. Example #1: As long as I am the breadwinner in this house. it takes 2 breadwinners to keep the bills paid and food on the table. Example #3: If you are the breadwinner for your family. son – you have to respect our rules as long as you are living in our house. the place where the focus usually is placed.Bottom Fell Out CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you carry something in a box or a bucket and the bottom falls out. The idiom means to suffer a catastrophe of some kind. On an accountant's ledger sheet. and I'd like to know when you plan to pay me back the loan. financial or not. come and see me – I can help. and nothing else ever mattered to him. you should have a life insurance policy that pays them a benefit upon your death. and when the bottom fell out of the stock market we lost it all. Example #1: Our bottom line in this company is giving good customer service. The idiom breadwinner is a term meaning the person in a household who earns the money. the bottom line is that you still owe me $1. the staff of life. Example #1: We had invested some of our retirement money in risky investments. and therefore provides (wins) the necessities of life (bread) for everyone in the home. then you lose everything you were carrying. and to lose something important as a result. . bread is considered the primary food.

and I told them to break it up. but after paying expenses we only broke even. then you perspire. you'll never accomplish anything in life. Two men are struggling in a fight and a policeman comes along. Example #1: It was so cold in the gym today that I didn't even break a sweat like I usually do. but to be at the same place you started. Example #3: Our English club had a baked goods sale. either physical or not. Example #2: I envy him because no matter how hard he works on something. The idiom to break a sweat can be used when speaking of actual perspiration. He says. “Break it up or I'll call 911. It is usually used to talk about money. I guess we broke even on this divorce – I have the house and she has the vacation property. and the results can be unpleasant. let's break it up. The meaning of to break it up is to stop an altercation. It is most often used in a negative form. Example #4: It's difficult for a restaurant owner to break even these days with the cost of food being so high. I yelled out.” Example #2: Johnny and Jimmy started fighting about who was going to play with the toy. but can be used for other situations too. Example #4: If you never put in some effort and break a sweat. Example #2: If the company breaks even after selling all of these widgets. then it will be a lucky thing – they were expensive to produce. Example #3: Sometimes trying to break a fight up gets you involved. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: I've been listening to the two of you arguing all night – it's time to break it up or go home! Break A Sweat Perspiration is the natural result of hard work or physical exercise. or about hard mental work or effort in other ways. If you break a sweat. OK. Break Even CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to break even means to not make a profit and to not suffer a loss. Example #1: When I saw what was happening in the street. The two men stop fighting and the policeman continues on his walk.Break (It) Up To understand this idiom. Example #1: Well. now. visualize a very common scene from a movie. Example #3: Don't break a sweat on this project – it's really not worth the trouble. he never seems to break a sweat.

Break The Ice CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to break the ice means to start a conversation. Example #2: She brought home the bacon for 5 years while he attended graduate school – now it's his turn to work. so I get to set some basic rules and boundaries of behavior. Example #2: She finally broke the ice at the party by playing some dance music and getting everyone on their feet. I think. Bring Home The Bacon CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to bring home the bacon is very similar to being the breadwinner. but he made twice as much as she did – since he brought home the bacon. so an element of competition is implied. Example #1: I bring home the bacon around here. Example #1: I know you are reluctant to speak to him. while my wife wanted to stay at home and raise our 3 children – she had the more difficult job. or make an uncomfortable silence end with something small or unimportant. The difference is that the one who brings home the bacon is usually the one who makes more money in the house than someone else. but try breaking the ice by asking about his children – he likes to talk about them. To break the ice is necessary to get to the water or to the fish. Example #3: I agreed to bring home the bacon. or ask for it to be considered as a topic of discussion. then don't bring it up. sometimes a lot. and his boss was very angry with him. Example #3: Here's a good rule to follow whenever possible: if you don't want to talk about something. we plan to bring up the problem of paying for a new water system. begin a relationship. he decided which new car they would buy. Example #3: How can we break the ice with the new neighbors if they won't even say hello to us? Example #4: Sometimes to break the ice between two stubborn people you have to continue trying. Example #1: I hate to bring this up. . Example #2: John brought up the subject of an office-wide raise in pay at the meeting. but you still owe me some money and I need it really badly right now. Example #4: At the city council meeting tonight. Bring Something Up CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you bring something up you mention it in conversation. and it sometimes requires a little effort. Example #4: Both of them were working. and it means to provide for the household. The idiom is based on the idea of raising something from a place where it is not noticed into the light and thus the perception of everyone. even when it seems that it will never happen.

Example #3: When the referee made that call in the football game. and we were confident we knew it by heart. The idiom is related to the expression to crunch the numbers. Example #2: Because she had learned the names of all the veterans on the monument by heart. we could avoid a budget crunch next quarter and perhaps even make a profit. Example #1: The federal government faced a budget crunch at the end of the year. the heart was thought to be the seat of memory and cogitation in humans. By Heart CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom by heart means simply from memory. or a situation in which available money is less than expected. Example #1: I knew the lyrics to all the songs by heart. and compares the feeling to being consumed as in a fire. Example #2: Sorry to tell everyone. which means to calculate an outcome. it burned me up inside – I knew my son had not done anything to deserve such a penalty. Example #2: This situation just burns me up inside. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: It burns her up inside to know that her child is in the custody of the state. and it was called a fiscal cliff. Burns Me Up Inside CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If something or someone burns you up inside. no matter how much he wanted one. Example #1: John said his boss really burns him up inside – sometimes he goes home from work and he is so mad he can't eat or sleep. Example #4: The orchestra members decided to learn the piece by heart so they could perform it without turning pages of music. so I won the contest easily.Budget Crunch CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom budget crunch is a lack of funds. she was chosen to lead the ceremony and recite the list. then it makes you feel angry. Example #3: We were familiar with the trail from having hiked it in the past so many times. agitated. and anxious. It also implies no hesitation or difficulty in retrieving something from the memory. The idiom uses the physical phenomenon of a fire to describe a feeling that can't be seen. and we can't have a party after all. Before modern times. but the English club is in a real tight budget crunch this year. Example #4: I told my son that we had a budget crunch and couldn't buy a new car right now. because there's no possible way to stop the government from shutting down our clinic. Example #3: If the company follows John's advice. sometimes under possibly difficult circumstances. and she is helpless to intervene.

Example #2: Putting all our savings in the fund was a calculated risk. the family decided to call it a day. you take calculated risks – that's what a pilot does every day. . to finish something. Call It Quits This idiom means to stop doing something. then you'll never experience the thrill of taking a chance that is worth taking and winning. because we can't keep working in the dark. Example #2: The boss told John to call it a day and go home. Example #1: I desperately wanted to work on our marriage. Example #4: Sheila called it quits on our friendship. and half of the walls are done on the garage we're building – let's call it a day and finish it tomorrow.Calculated Risk CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom a calculated risk means that the probability of certain outcomes in a situation has been computed. Example #3: When you have to make split-second decisions. or at least considered beforehand. but she was convinced that we should call it quits. but not always. The expectation is that the declaration of the end is permanent. It implies a gamble within limits that have been foreseen. Call It A Day The idiom to call it a day is a verb phrase that means to bring something to an end. Example #4: If you never take a calculated risk. and it is worth the risk involved. Example #2: If you want to call it quits for today. It is usually related to an occupational activity. and enjoying a picnic in the dunes. at least until a new start can be made. to end a process. then I'll concede this tennis game to you. because she felt that I had betrayed her trust. but it paid off very well for us in the end. Example #4: Listen everyone – we'll call it a day in about an hour when the sun goes down. which the boss is always watching for. and resignation to an unfortunate situation. Example #1: It was definitely a calculated risk. swimming in the ocean. to be finished. Example #3: After lying on the beach. but from experience I knew I could make the wilderness journey without encountering a bear. so we divorced. Example #3: John always wants to call it quits before it's officially time to leave work. It sometimes has a connotation of regret about what happened. Example #1: We have laid the foundation. because he had been working for over 12 hours on the new ad campaign.

Example #1: In our marriage. Example #4: Calling the shots in any organization isn't easy.Call Off The meaning of to call off an event is to cancel it. Example #2: The Smiths are going to call off the party this weekend – they are both sick in bed with the flu. and now he is – he was just promoted to CEO of the company. that it's very hard to succeed in the way that the captains of industry did. and to make the final decisions. The origin of the expression is probably from the game of pool or billiards. Example #1: If John's boss was the captain of industry he believes himself to be. even though we discuss all decisions first. you have to learn to take responsibility for the consequences. Example #4: There are so many regulations and laws in the world of business today. but some people are natural leaders. when Carnegies and Rockefellers developed the west and became rich in the process – they were known as captains of industry. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . then the company would not be going under. no matter how wealthy and powerful you might be. Another meaning of the idiom is to cancel a command to an animal. The idiom usually refers to a public happening. Example #3: The security guard is trained to command his dog to attack an intruder. Example #2: Being a captain of industry these days is holding yourself up for public scrutiny. It originates in the early industrial economic history of the US. Call the Shots The idiom to call the shots means to be in charge. Example #3: I love to read about American history. a successful and wellknown person. and then the last football game was called off due to bad weather. Captain Of Industry CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom a captain of industry means a person in a position of power. my wife always seems to call the shots. Example #4: The general decided to call off the attack after the enemy surrendered. Example #1: We practiced every day after school for weeks. especially the expansion of the western states and the rise of the railroads – those captains of industry were like heroes at the time. to be in control. and usually includes the reason for the cancellation. where a player has to announce which ball will be hit and where it will go. and he knows how to call off the dog if needed. Example #2: He has always wanted to be the one who called the shots. Example #3: If you want to call the shots.

Example #1: Since the weather got warmer. Carry Through If you continue with a previously discussed or decided on action. then we headed for our favorite seaside restaurant. The idiom implies determination and a sense of decisiveness. Catch Some Rays To catch some rays is a casual. Example #3: I have confidence that our country will carry the day in this energy crisis. he decided to carry through with his plan. Example #1: Our team was finally able to carry the day and win the game. maybe catch some rays? Example #3: If you want to catch some rays safely. you have decided to carry through with it. even if he still had doubts.Carry The Day CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to carry the day means to be triumphantly successful. when battles were tallied daily to assess progress and decide which side was winning. Example #2: Our company was very near bankruptcy. or more active such as riding in a boat or skiing. . but you have now made a decision that you will continue to do what you had previously considered. Example #1: After thinking about it. The expression originates in warfare. but at the beginning it looked like we were going to lose. because we have good motives and the resources needed to be successful. Example #2: Would you like to go out in my boat and go for a swim. It can be a passive activity like lying on a blanket. we all decided to go to the beach and catch some rays. Example #4: Don't forget that to carry the day does not mean that the war has been won – there are many battles still ahead. but the new line of computers carried the day and got us through. be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. to have achieved important goals. almost slang expression that means to get a sun tan by exposing the body to sunlight. Example #4: We caught some rays at the beach. Example #4: My son is unable to carry through on his promises to do his homework before TV. Example #2: Will the new president carry through the old regime's budget choices for supporting the country's infrastructure? Example #3: My plan to ask Linda to marry me was carried through on the first anniversary of our meeting – and she said yes. You may have hesitated about the action or behavior.

Check Out To examine. but even more informal. Change One's Tune The idiom to change one's tune means to have a different opinion or attitude than in the past. Example #4: My teenager told me he would catch me later at the basketball game. (Note that “to check out” can mean to die. Example #4: You say you pulled a muscle when you were exercising? You really should have it checked out by a doctor. Example #3: He always goes to the mall so he can check out the girls. or it can carry a more serious meaning depending on the circumstances. The other meaning is to pay what is owed later. after incurring the expense. and the promised time is not specified. in the slang expression. One is identical to the expression see you later.) Example #1: If you're not busy. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: Bob changed his tune about the football team after they won the Superbowl. Example #2: I'm leaving for the movie now. and to change it is what a musician does quite often. but he never arrived. OK? Example #3: Thanks for buying the tickets – but I'll have to catch you later because I'm out of cash. A tune is a song or piece of music. and he won a lot of money. so I'll catch you later. please check this report out – I think there are some serious errors in the forecast section.Catch You Later The idiom catch you later has two related meanings. to look at. we should check out the new cars at the auto show downtown. Example #2: John. When we left he told me he would catch me later on his half of the lunch bill. to consider something or someone in a thoughtful way is to check it out. Example #1: Right now she doesn't want him as a doubles partner. Example #3: I predict that he will change his tune when he sees the profits – he'll switch investment brokers. Example #2: The boss has changed his tune when it comes to John. Example #1: John and I went out to lunch and I paid for it. but she will change her tune about him once she sees how well he can play tennis. The idiom can be used in a casual way. because he now appreciates his value to the company.

where plastic discs called chips are used instead of money. . we can make it to the movie on time. The origin of the idiom is from the military. Example #2: I had to chip in for the big gift that everyone at the office bought for the boss. Example #3: We can all chip in on a time-shared beach bungalow for our annual vacation this year – it'll be great to be together in the warm weather. to participate monetarily. and instead of chipping in. even though I didn't want to be a part of the whole thing. The idiom can mean to stop other processes in addition to sales of something. but the next month they had more in the store. Example #2: The big department store had a close out sale on the computer we bought. Example #4: She asked me to chip in for the food and drinks. because I can feel free to chow down as much as I want. Example #3: Let's close out the operation in Saudi Arabia. so we can concentrate on the Hong Kong office. To get in the game you must place a bet with chips. It is used only in a very informal context. in which case you have chipped in. John and Sheila let us pay the bill. Example #2: Did you see how that dog was chowing down? He must not have eaten for days. but his boss said to run it a while longer. that is what they say – it's often used as a sales strategy to get people to buy more later. agreed? Example #4: John wanted to close out the entire ad campaign because it was such a failure. where food was called chow after soldiers heard about Asian dishes using that word. since we don't use it anymore. Example #1: Dinner is ready and on the table – so let's chow down.Chip In CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to chip in means to make a contribution. Example #1: We'll have to close out the business checking account. it means that the item will not be available in the future. even though I only had water and some dessert. Chow Down The idiom to chow down means that someone or something is eating a large amount of food – it can be used with people or with animals. Example #1: All four of us went out for dinner last night. Close Out CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If a store advertises a close out sale on an item. Example #4: I love going to Chinese buffet restaurants. Example #3: If we chow down fast. The expression comes from gambling with playing cards. At least.

Example #1: In modern times. where the books are the financial records for a business or organization. even when our products were below the high standards set by the founders. when the workers struggled against management for higher wages. friends. and dedicated to an organization at the expense of everything else – family. Example #2: If any salesman stops by the office and makes a cold call. Cold Call CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom cold call refers to the act of soliciting of a sale of an item or a service. It means that as a salesperson you are talking to someone without any idea if that person is interested or not. since it has been a huge success. Example #1: When I sold encyclopedias. Example #2: Sheila decided to close the books on her company and retire so she would have more time to spend with her family. Example #3: Do you have a list of interested people to contact to sell this new product. and sometimes ethics. Example #1: I think we can close the books on this project and move forward. Example #2: I was a company man for many years. and to finish something in general. and I don't always take just a half hour for lunch. we can close the books on that part of our life and get ready for the next stage. Example #4: I'm really not a company man – I like to leave work early sometimes. just tell him that he needs an appointment to talk to me. Company Man CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION To be a company man is to be loyal. being a company man means that you work more than 40 hours a week and you don't tell the competition any secrets. The phrase can be used in similar situations as well. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . I was ready to work at a desk. committed. I loved making cold calls because it was a challenge to make a sale to someone I didn't know. but his father had been a union worker and he couldn't participate in the company's shady labor practices. Example #3: He wanted to be a company man. or participation in something. Example #4: John's boss told him to close the books on the Smith campaign.Close The Books CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to close the books comes from accounting and bookkeeping. Example #3: Now that our daughter is out of college. even though he wasn't quite ready. To close the books is to stop doing such record keeping. or will you be cold calling? Example #4: After several years of cold calls and walking neighborhoods knocking on doors to sell our products. without knowing the person being contacted. As an idiom. it comes from the development of unions in the US.

Example #2: A couch potato used to be someone who watched television all day .Cool Off CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to cool off means to calm oneself from a condition of being upset or angry. it's time to stop being such a couch potato – let's go for a walk and get some fresh air. but it unfortunately applies to more people today than in the past. and even takes his vitamins. Anger is perceived in many expressions as being hot or heated. eats healthy. . Example #3: John's boss advised him to take a break and cool off – he was getting very angry in the company meeting. the phrase means to literally get cooler. and the opposite is naturally used to talk about anger management. Example #4: If this house is going to cost us an arm and a leg.but these days it can also refer to a video game player or an Internet addict. The origins of the phrase are foggy. that she liked being mad at him for cheating on her. works out. It's an innocent expression with a gruesome origin – punishment for crimes in ancient times sometimes meant losing a member. Example #2: I finally got the promotion I had been wanting for a long time. it's not worth it – we are better off financially to keep paying rent. and also more and more unhealthy. because it cost me an arm and a leg even on sale. Example #1: I hope we have time to enjoy our new barbecue grill this summer. Example #3: The sad truth is that our population of couch potatoes is getting younger and younger. Example #2: She said that she didn't want to cool off. Cost An Arm And A Leg CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to cost an arm and a leg is that a purchased item or anything gained is very costly and expensive. Example #3: Just getting a car repaired shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. but it often does due to unscrupulous mechanics. Example #4: OK. Couch Potato CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The descriptive idiom couch potato means a person who sits indoors and watches television or plays video games. Example #1: My son is the opposite of a couch potato – he jogs. When talking about actual heat. Example #1: The coach told my son to sit on the bench and cool off after he got into an argument with the basketball referee. but it cost me an arm and a leg – I had to sign a contract and make a commitment. eats bad food. and doesn't exercise. Example #4: Don't tell me to cool off – I have every reason possible to be angry at her and I want an apology. so it was costly indeed.

I decided to cut back to a half pack. Normally this is not perceived as a good thing. Cut Corners CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to cut corners means to reduce costs in making something or providing a service. to cut corners you have to lower costs without sacrificing quality – and that's very difficult to do successfully. Example #4: The doctor should have cut back on how much blood thinner you were taking – now your surgery will have to be delayed. However. cut back is identical to cut down. usually so that profits can increase. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . It is part of a family of expressions in English using the word “cut” with other words to produce shades of meaning. The idiom crystal clear means to raise the clarity to a high standard .similar to a clear piece of mineral like a diamond or other transparent crystal. so it's not a good idea in the long run. vacation and sick time. so we are reducing our open hours. Example #2: I hope the new rules and regulations are crystal clear to you – if you don't understand. please ask me for help. Example #1: After smoking 2 packs a day for 10 years. even while he was being confusing and hiding the truth. Example #4: In any business. except by those who get the profits. Example #2: Any manufacturer that cuts corners on quality risks losing customers.Crystal Clear CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you make something clear. Cut Back CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to cut back means to reduce the amount of or lower the frequency of. we need to cut back on luxuries in our budget and focus on the necessities. Example #1: We are going to have to cut some corners at the restaurant to cover the higher food costs. you explain and clarify with examples until it is completely understood. and I feel much better already. Example #4: It's crystal clear to me now – I should have gone to graduate school and worked in academia rather than in the business world. Example #2: The company has already cut back on salaries. Example #3: She definitely made it crystal clear that she did not want to date me anymore – she changed her phone number and moved to a different apartment. Example #1: The politician liked to say he was making everything crystal clear. and on benefits like health insurance – what cost is left to reduce? Example #3: With our income going down. Example #3: Just look closely at how poorly these bicycles are assembled – it's obvious that the factory is trying to cut corners somehow.

Example #4: The seriousness of the accident gradually dawned on her as she regained consciousness in the hospital. Dawn On This idiom comes directly from a natural process – the rising of the sun. Example #1: It dawned on me that the real problem in this situation was my behavior. and that I needed to learn better communication. or accept something previously unknown or not comprehended. Use of the idiom assumes a situation in which negative things are happening and will only get worse if nothing is done to change. or health. Example #3: The easiest way to quit smoking is to simply stop – cut it out without hesitation or sue of a substitute. you with the cigarette – cut it out! There's no smoking permitted while you're filling up your tank with gasoline! Example #2: My son was starting the bad habit of playing video games all night and not sleeping – I told him to cut it out or he'd be grounded. Example #2: This car is costing us too much money to maintain. Cut Ones Losses CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION To cut one's losses means to stop before more is lost – whether it's money. Example #1: Hey. Example #3: Sometimes the best choice is to cut your losses and start again. It is a casual expression. Example #3: It will dawn on you some day when you least expect it. . understand. not normally used in formal spoken or written language. Example #2: John read the management memo again. quit. and finally the boss had to ask him to cut it out. comprehend. we might be able to begin a new campaign in the spring and start making money again. so I think we should cut our losses and sell it while it is still relatively new. you are just starting to realize. Example #4: If we cut our losses now.Cut It Out CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to cut it out has a simple meaning: stop. and it dawned on him that he might lose his job. in business or in personal relationships. known as the dawn. time. the company decided to cut its losses and close the factory in China. that Sarah really loved you. Example #1: After the new computer models sold poorly. It implies a gradual process that will unfold over time. and it is involuntary – you can't control when it happens. If something dawns on you. Example #4: John had been taking longer and longer lunches. cease. and is often used as a direct command or order.

I can make the deadline for my dissertation – but I have to have a life too. Example #1: When I got out of the car to look at the deer I had collided with. Example #4: My wife and I argued until we hit a dead end. Example #3: If I write day and night. Example #2: The negotiators are hopeful that their discussions with the terrorists will not come to a dead end. The idiom is not normally used with humans. which sounds like it should mean 24 hours a day. Example #4: The policeman thought that the gangster was as dead as a doornail. then you have reached a dead end. so I really need a reliable car. and it is certainly not alive. so there's no need to call the veterinarian now. and is normally used in conjunction with work. he was ready to put on a great performance. and completely so. So if something is as dead as a doornail. Example #4: I don't want to waste my time worrying day and night about getting to work on time. I finally came to a dead end and had to go back the way I came. unless it is in a humorous or sarcastic way. Example #1: After driving down the country road for an hour. effort. If you are trying to come to an agreement and reach a point where nothing is progressing. but he was only pretending. I knew that it was beyond help – it was as dead as a doornail. and it has never been alive. Example #2: By practicing day and night on the song list for the concert. and similar concepts. Dead As A Doornail This colorful idiom is another example of the use of exaggeration in English idioms. there is no doubt whatsoever that it is dead. so it's always very quiet there. A doornail is simply a nail used in building construction. and the boss loved it. Dead End The idiom dead end has a literal meaning and a figurative one.Day And Night The idiom day and night means in a consistent and continual way. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . then we realized that we had to let the whole matter go and forget about it. Example #2: That dog is as dead as a doornail. but actually means something a little less. Example #3: Our house is at the edge of town on a dead end street. If you are driving and you come to the end of a road with no way to go but reverse. Example #1: He worked day and night on that proposal until it was perfect. Example #3: My car would not start this morning – the battery was as dead as a doornail. then you have also reached a dead end. It is a good example of an exaggeration idiom. practice.

Example #3: I envy anyone who can sleep like she's dead to the world – I am a light sleeper and the smallest sound wakes me up. completely. she was dead to the world. Example #3: When he decides he's dead set on doing something. after the waiter spilled hot coffee on him today. but not as permanent. you have the strangest feeling that you are walking around asleep but functioning like a machine. you feel the tiredness on the inside. When a person is so asleep that it is difficult to awaken him or her. and recognize your need for sleep and rest. and unquestionably. even when the telephone rang. Example #2: She had been awake for almost 24 hours and when she fell asleep. Example #1: I was finally ready to take our dog for a walk. or with the word on to mean supportive or positive. Example #3: When you are dead tired. . More importantly. Example #4: Afterward.Dead Set The idiom dead set means decidedly. Example #4: My mother is dead set against alcohol consumption of any kind. then that person almost seems to have died. It actually is based on the old idea that sleep is a form of dying. adamantly. Example #2: Our son is dead set on joining the army. It can be used with the word against to mean in opposition to something or someone. Dead Tired If you are dead tired then you are so exhausted that to an outside observer you might actually look dead. than you may as well stop trying to talk him out of it. and I'm afraid there is no way to change his mind. Example #2: I think you should take the rest of the day off. I blamed the accident on the fact that I had been driving for 12 hours and I was dead tired behind the wheel. Dead to the World The idiom dead to the world is descriptive of someone or an animal that is completely and definitely asleep. the opossum is completely aware of its surroundings and can react very quickly. dead to the world. after my father died of cirrhosis of the liver. Example #1: John is dead set against ever returning to that restaurant. so we went to bed early and got some much needed rest. Example #4: While appearing dead to the world. but she was lying on the floor by the fireplace. Example #1: We were all dead tired by the time we had returned home. because you really look dead tired.

Example #3: John didn't want to deal with his boss today. so she dug up dirt on him and told Ellen. It is often done in the political world. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . but also in personal relationships. Its origin is in maritime history. Example #3: Liz was jealous of Ellen's new boyfriend Bill. The word “deal” in this idiom has a similar meaning to the word in “make a deal. Example #2: John's bass asked him to make sure that the office was decked out in a big way for Christmas this year. private and possibly embarrassing facts and details about someone in order to damage or discredit him or her.” which means an agreement to participate in an exchange. but he wasn't worried – he had nothing to hide. Example #4: There simply is no way to dig up dirt on this guy – he's apparently a saint and has never done a bad thing in his life. but it was a casual event and she was embarrassed. Example #3: She came to the party all decked out in fancy clothes. so he left work early. and a witch. Example #1: Our children were decked out for Halloween as a fairy. Example #2: I am so busy these days that I don't seem to be able to deal with the slightest problem without getting stressed. Example #1: I really hate having to deal with used car salesmen. Example #2: The senator realized that his enemies would try to dig up some dirt from his past. Example #4: We can deal with this matter later. a princess. when a ship (the top surface is called the deck) was adorned in finery and color on its maiden voyage for public display. to be a part of in some way. Decked Out The idiom decked out (from to deck out) means to be ornamented or decorated in a special way. so I try to buy from private sellers. Example #4: You can either deck out your new motorcycle or leave it stock – it looks great either way. Dig Up Dirt The idiom to dig up dirt means to find and make public secret. to take care of.Deal With The idiom deal with means to have involvement in. after the police arrive. Now Liz and Bill are together. Example #1: The journalist didn't have to work very hard to dig up dirt on the dictator – it was easily gotten from everyone in the country.

especially when we are excited or afraid. I finally found one that did the trick and gave me access to the new web site. Example #4: It was a good thing we didn't hold our breath waiting for our team to win – they lost the game without making a touchdown. because it's not probable or likely. so to accomplish it is to have been a success. Example #1: The doctor said that this medicine should do the trick and make you feel better – it's the latest thing for the flu. Example #1: They were able to buy the new car dirt cheap – it cost them less than their old one had cost. Example #1: I know we need to buy a new car. Example #2: Here's some advice – don't hold your breath until the house sells. because I will be earning a lot more money.Dirt Cheap CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of dirt cheap is almost free. . because I know the promoter and he will give me a good price. It is based on a common human behavior – we stop breathing for a few seconds when we are expecting an outcome of some kind. to be the right thing in a certain situation. It's not a good time for real estate sellers right now. In fact. but don't hold your breath – we can't afford one until after the new year. A trick is what a magician or performer does. Example #2: This price on a washer and dryer is dirt cheap – how can the store sell them at such a low cost and still make money? Example #3: I can get the tickets for the concert dirt cheap. you just might get what you pay for – that's what my Dad always said. Don't Hold Your Breath CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom don't hold your breath means not to anticipate or think something will happen. and land for farming has always been expensive. Example #2: I really hope that this new job does the trick and keeps us out of bankruptcy. nowadays we sell soil for gardens and landscaping. Do The Trick CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to do the trick means to be successful. Example #4: After trying many different passwords. The idiom can be traced to the idea that soil and earth (dirt) cost nothing. Example #3: I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you – your chances of winning the lottery are extremely low. Example #4: If you buy something dirt cheap. Example #3: The exercises you gave me for my sore back did the trick – today I feel like a new man. at an extremely low cost.

you look to see what the current status is. we double check every order before you take it home so that your experience with us is always good. but the origin is not – it might be related to German or Dutch words meaning foggy or dull. Example #3: I wouldn't let it get me down if I were you – the real estate market is notorious for changing overnight. that her son would be just fine in the army. security.Don't Let It Get Down CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If something gets you down. Example #1: She was so down in the dumps after her boyfriend broke up with her that we decided to cheer her up with a party. but it has nothing to do with a garbage dump. Example #1: Don't let it get you down – it always rains here during the winter. or assurance. Example #3: Here at Old Kitchen Burgers. The meaning of the idiom is clear. depressed. Example #2: Here's some advice: I know it's frustrating that you can't sell your house. and I will do my best to make you laugh and forget your troubles. Example #4: Listen. The meaning of double check is therefore to do this more than once for safety. and in a bad mood. The idiom don't let it get you down means that you shouldn't let that happen in a particular circumstance. Example #2: Can you double check our account balance? That doesn't seem right to me. and in a bad mood. Example #2: I don't know why. sad. Example #4: I told her not to let it get her down. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . then it makes you feel sad. it is checked. It comes from the fact that a check list is commonly used in many processes. and to indicate that something has been done. wet weather we're having that depresses me. but don't let it get you down because a buyer could come along any day. just listen to an oldies radio station for a while. Double Check CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you check something. but the spring is wonderful. Example #3: If you ever get down in the dumps. but I am down in the dumps today – maybe it's this gray. I want you to call me anytime you are feeling down in the dumps. Example #1: Be sure to double check the date on all of your prescriptions – some medicines can go out of date very quickly. cold. and you'll be smiling again in no time. Example #4: John's boss ordered him to stay late to double check the numbers he used for the report – apparently something didn't add up right. Down In The Dumps CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If someone is down in the dumps (or just in the dumps) then that person is depressed.

which means superb visual acuity. and is able to notice things that others might not see. so to be able to see as well as an eagle is very well indeed. . so I advised him not to buy that used car – it had too many problems Example #4: Listen. he or she has 20/20 vision. and I don't think we'll get our money back. Example #2: Our entire life savings went down the drain when the investment fraud was discovered. Example #4: You'll never find out what really happened by bothering him all the time – you should probably drop it for now. Eagle Eye CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If a person has an eagle eye. do not continue the discussion. but he got angry and told us to drop it – he wasn't feeling like discussing it. Example #3: I hate to see money go down the drain. Example #2: Why don't you go over the house plans with your eagle eye and see if we have made any errors or missed anything important? Example #3: Most famous detectives have an eagle eye – they can spot details and notice things that no one else can. and if something is lost in the drain it usually can't be retrieved. so why don't we just drop it and try again another day? Example #3: We tried to talk to our son about his problems in school. her mood went right down the drain and we couldn't cheer her up. Drop It CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If a policeman tells the criminal to drop it. A drain in most modern homes is at the bottom of a sink. Example #1: After she saw her ex-boyfriend with another woman. I want you to call me anytime you are feeling down in the drain. and I finally asked her to drop it because I didn't want to talk about myself. The idiom comes from the idea that an eagle can see something very small from a long distance away. Example #1: She insisted on talking about my problems. Example #1: I swear my father has an eagle eye – he noticed the tiny dent on the rear fender as soon as I pulled into the garage. The idiom drop it simply means stop talking.Down The Drain CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION When something is down the drain. it is completely gone and cannot be recovered. Example #2: This conversation is going nowhere. and I will do my best to make you laugh and forget your troubles. he's talking about a gun. and he wants the criminal to release it and let it fall to the ground.

Easy come. everyone accepted life as easy come. Example #1: When I lived in the Caribbean. and has a connotation of annoyance or exaggeration. Example #4: You should ease off on the buffets – it looks like you're gaining too much weight. to diminish something that is judged to be excessive in some way. then you have to accept that romance is easy come and easy go. easy go for him. Example #3: Don't worry about the car . I might have noticed that she was acting differently. Easy Go To say something is easy come.we can always buy another one. It can be used as an expression on its own. easy go. If it is used to refer to a way of life then it is talking about a general attitude towards life that is casual and playful. or already sufficient. easy go essentially says that it is not important or serious. Example #3: John's boss thought it might be a good idea to ease off on his workload – he was looking tired and unhealthy. Keeping an ear to the ground means that you are focusing your attention. after all. Ease Off The meaning of the idiom to ease off is to lower. easy go. Example #1: The coach decided to ease off on the team after everyone complained about the long practices. that it can be ignored as trivial. Example #2: If I had kept my ear to the ground. Easy Come. Example #4: The candidate planned to keep her ear to the ground and change her election strategy if needed. Example #2: I really think you should ease off on the strict discipline – a teenager has to have some fun. Example #1: Please keep your ear to the ground about this investment. so everyone was happy.Ear To The Ground Have you ever seen a cowboy movie in which the character seems to listen to the earth? He has his ear to the ground to hear approaching horses. money was always easy come. and staying aware of what is happening in the world around you so that you are not surprised. It is commonly used in an informal way. Example #4: If you look for love in a singles bar. to reduce. Example #2: Since George grew up in a wealthy family. Example #3: She had her ear to the ground and got the best price on that new house. watching carefully. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< .

It is generally used to describe people.Easy Grader If you find yourself in a class with an easy grader. It is most commonly used in the negative sense. Example #3: Everyone thinks that I am this easy-going. since I needed to keep up my GPA. . The idiom means a teacher or evaluator who tends to give students better grades than they earn or deserve. and not easily made angry or anxious. Example #3: If you act like a tourist in this city you are an easy target for muggers and pickpockets. Easy Target To be an easy target is to stand out for some reason. not nervous. so be careful. Example #2: John seems to be very easy-going now that he has a job that he enjoys. but I realized later that I didn't learn very much in her class. or it might be a bad thing. to be gullible or easily fooled. it might be a good thing. relaxed. then I'm sure my children will like you. but not always. Example #4: My son was apparently an easy target for the army recruiter. Example #4: Having an easy grader in a foundation course can be harmful. especially domesticated ones. Example #1: That old gray mare was the most easy-going horse I have ever seen – she would let children ride her with no problems. Example #1: I was an easy target for John's affections because I so much wanted to be in a relationship. Example #2: My grandmother was. unfortunately. relaxed guy who never gets angry and never raises his voice – I must be a good actor. or to be the goal of someone's plans. but can also be used for animals. Example #1: Miss Smith was an easy grader in English. Easy-Going The meaning of this idiom is to be calm. Example #3: I took my driver's license exam and I was lucky to have an easy grader – he passed me even though I made some mistakes. Example #2: Physics was a very difficult course and I was happy to have a professor who was an easy grader. because later on you never feel at the same level as other students. because he changed his mind quickly and decided to become a soldier instead of a teacher. Example #4: If you'll just try to be a little more easy-going. but I'm glad it happened. an easy target for the con artists – she lost her life savings to the thieves.

I noticed that Henry ate like a pig – there was food all over the table. Example #3: The termites ate away at the foundation of the house until it was totally destroyed. until I finally felt that I had to call her. The idiom refers to the amount of food being ingested. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: The football player always ate like a horse the day before a big game so that he had plenty of energy.eats away at you. he or she does not eat very much.Eat Away At The idiom “to eat away at” describes a natural thing that happens when something decomposes or deteriorates. and makes you anxious. Eat Like A Bird CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If a person eats like a bird eats. Example #1: The dream I had about her just kept eating away at me. so be careful. but this one eats away at me – I just can't figure it out. Example #4: Normally I can solve a calculus problem quickly. Eat Like a Horse/Pig This idiom has a very clear meaning: if a person eats like a horse or a pig. It can be an insulting thing to say to someone or about someone. there's no possibility that you can make it through tryouts for the football team. Example #2: After he was fired for incompetence. then it constantly and consistently worries you. For contrast. not the way it is eaten. Example #2: When I am really hungry. Example #2: If you continue to eat like a bird. Example #1: She has always eaten like a bird. Example #3: We have a habit of eating like birds for breakfast and lunch. The only difference between the 2 idioms is that to eat like a pig can also mean to be a messy. it ate away at him for a long time. and we weren't hungry again until the next day. bothers you. see the idioms eat like a horse or eat like a pig. and his mother is constantly trying to fatten him up somehow. a feeling. sloppy eater. he or she eats a lot of food at once. a dream . Example #1: On our first date and last date. Example #3: At the free buffet we all ate like pigs. The idiom can also be used to describe how something rots or gets destroyed. and then eating like horses – we enjoy a big dinner. but lately I've noticed that she seems to be getting even thinner. a piece of information. Example #4: He always eats like a bird. I can eat like a horse. If something – a thought.

Example #4: The senator ate his words in public after the new project he promised lost its funding. Example #4: John complained to the boss that he couldn't work in his cubicle – there wasn't enough elbow room. Eat Out When a person has a meal at home. Elbow Room The idiom elbow room means sufficient space to move. Example #3: When I was a student. you have a meal at a restaurant or other eating establishment. Example #3: If the bus isn't here in 5 minutes. The meaning is based on the idea that your words come back to you. then he or she is eating in. . Example #2: She hates to admit that she's wrong. If you eat out. Example #4: Let's eat out tonight – I'm in the mood for Chinese. and you allow them to be taken back. eats food made at home. Example #1: If you live in a rural area or in a small town. I ate out all the time because I had no place to cook or to store food. Example #1: We finally decided to move to the suburbs with our family of four so we could all have some elbow room – our city apartment was too small. Example #2: Out in the western states in the US there aren't too many people. but she'll eat her words this time because her prediction didn't come true.Eat One's Words The idiom to eat one's words means to admit that you are or were mistaken. or maybe Mexican. If you have ever done physical labor in close proximity to someone. you know how important space can be – you have to be able to move your arms and elbows without hurting another worker. it really doesn't matter to me. Example #2: You can save a lot of money simply by not eating out so much – try to make going out to eat a reward or a special occasion instead of a habit. because they will need the elbow room. you don't have the option of eating out because there are no restaurants. and now it's bankrupt – I'll have to eat my words. so a person can find some elbow room easily. or Italian. I'll eat my words. especially after a strong or public expression of opinion. live and work freely. Example #1: I told everyone to invest in that company. Example #3: They are adding on to the house this summer before the new baby is born.

Example #3: Sometimes deciding to face the music makes a person feel free and morally responsible at the same time. Example #2: I told my wife that we have to face the music and admit that our daughter is almost 18 now. John felt hopeless. Video chats and other modern technologies do not count. as well as to execute someone by hanging. I think that getting therapy and support from professionals is a good idea. The end of a rope is not a good place to be in either case. that there can be no progress or movement forward. Example #3: She said she was tired of arguing over the phone. that the end is now here.End of One's Rope The idiom at the end of one's rope means that a limit has been reached. the desperation is stimulating and helps you solve your problems out of necessity. Example #4: Sooner or later. and she has no choice but to start over. Example #2: If you are at the end of your rope. Example #1: John finally faced the music after being caught embezzling money from the company – he was sentenced to 5 years in jail. Example #1: So far I've only talked to the architect by phone. a criminal will have to face the music for what he has done. It also means to accept the consequences of an action or behavior. in person. her husband. Example #4: The company board of directors is required to meet face to face at least once each quarter. Face to Face The idiom face to face means a meeting of real people in real life. and asked for a face to face meeting to discuss the problem. Example #2: You can't get a job at this company without completing a face to face interview. and in the same room. and her house. and she must make her own decisions. whether those are good or bad. but we are planning to meet face to face next week to talk about the new plans. Example #3: Sometimes when you get to the end of your rope. that he was at the end of his rope. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . because the point is for all faces to be present. Example #4: Sheila is really at the end of her rope – she lost her job. especially if this has not yet happened. Example #1: After the terrible events of the year and the break up of the company. Face the Music To face the music means to accept and admit to what is true and real. A rope is used as a safety device.

The origins of the phrase are in warfare. then you will never get upset about losing. Example #1: My wife and I have finally decided that enforcing a curfew on our teenage son is fighting a losing battle – he has to learn to be responsible on his own. because she never says what she means. Example #4: If you insist on making this change. Example #2: If you can make fair play a rule to follow and a personal goal. as if you are solving a puzzle. because the company didn't believe in it. Example #1: She has always had a sense of fair play. so he gave us both a little more time to work on the proposal. You also use this idiom to mean to calculate the answer to a math problem. Example #3: My boss has a sense of fair play. Figure Out If you want to figure out something. And another meaning is simply to understand something or someone. Example #1: I just can't figure Mary out. Example #4: I was having a problem with the bicycle. Fight A Losing Battle To fight a losing battle means to continue efforts even though failure is inescapable. where a battle must continue to be fought. Example #3: We fought a losing battle trying to get the new model in production. you want to find a solution to a problem or a mystery.Fair Play CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom fair play means a moral and ethical approach that balances both sides. Example #2: John figured out the solution to the math problem on the blackboard before the instructor did. and I couldn't figure out what to do about it. because the students didn't respect me. It is usually used with the words “a sense of” to emphasize that it is an abstract characteristic. . Example #2: When I was a first year teacher. maintaining discipline was fighting a losing battle. you will fight a losing battle and waste a lot of time and energy. one that can only be seen in actions. sometimes even after it is clear that it will be lost. Example #3: Sherlock Holmes was usually able to figure out who was the criminal by noticing small clues. Example #4: Let's try to be examples of fair play for our children and not get angry at the referee for the little league baseball games. which was a good thing in her job as the woman's basketball coach and physical education teacher.

you can hire her permanently. Example #4: Do you ever dream about what it would be like to be filthy rich and never have to work again in your life? First Out Of The Gate To be first out of the gate is to be a pioneer. and an initiator. and an exaggeration meant to show a sense of distaste for such wealth. When something or someone fills the bill in a particular situation. and no more effort or input is needed. or at least very wealthy. or to be or do what is required and necessary. so she never had to worry about mundane things like having enough money for rent or food. a quick starter. Example #2: Having an assistant really fills the bill for me. then a solution has been found. The idiom comes from the practice racing of horses or dogs. It also means simply to be the first at something. Example #4: Being first out of the gate helps you realize how important it is to be a winner. Example #2: They say that the rich are different. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #1: The burgundy carpet we had installed in the living room filled the bill – we won't have any more wine stains. Example #3: John's boss hoped that he would be first out of the gate with the new television ad campaign.Fill The Bill This idiom means to meet a person's needs. and the company captured the market early. The expression is is an emphatic one. Example #3: If the new nanny fills the bill after a trial period. where the animals are restrained by a gate until the race starts and the gates are opened. Example #2: Sheila's company was first out of the gate with her product. Example #1: If you are first out of the gate with your proposal. you just don't fill the bill in this department. It also demonstrates some envy. I'm going to transfer you upstairs. an innovator. Example #1: Her family was filthy rich. Example #3: Nobody likes those who are filthy rich by birth. it will probably be approved. Filthy Rich CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom filthy rich means extremely. so I would imagine that the filthy rich are like aliens from another planet. but everyone respects those who become wealthy by working at it. Example #4: I'm sorry John. because it frees my time for more important things. but John wasn't able to get it done in time.

I was afraid he would flip out. but not always. Example #1: Please don't flip out now. then it was just a flash in the pan. she ended up a flash in the pan. Flash in the Pan The idiom flash in the pan comes from the act of panning for gold. or other negative emotions. but I really want to start seeing other people – we need to separate for a while. to make something work. Example #3: I could fix some soup for a quick dinner. status or fame that didn't continue or was very brief. It is considered to be very informal and slang-like. This can be confusing because the primary and literal meaning of the word is. and is used only in casual conversation. of course. Example #1: He had one big hit in his short career as a pop star. or to solve a problem. how will you be able to handle the real tragedies of life? . Example #2: We had high hopes for the new model of vacuum cleaner based on consumer anticipation. Example #1: My grandson came unexpectedly for an overnight visit.Fix Up The word fix is used in an idiomatic way in English to mean prepare or make. and now he is considered a flash in the pan. but it was just a flash in the pan. If you see something that looks like gold in the pan. in case you're hungry. Example #2: When John lost his job. but like so many other Hollywood stories. so I fixed up a place on the floor for him to sleep. Example #4: I don't want to be a flash in the pan as a novelist – I want to build a long career and have many bestsellers in my life. Flip Out The meaning of this idiom is to be out of control of oneself with anger. used with the word up. but he seems to be calmer and more relaxed than ever. Example #3: My wife flips out whenever I complain about the food or service at a restaurant – she doesn't like confrontation. Example #4: If you flip out when some stupid thing goes wrong. but it was an illusion or a trick of the light. As an idiom it is often. Example #4: She was a great cook – she fixed us up a casserole last night that was amazingly tasty. Example #3: The blonde actress had her moment of fame on the silver screen. Example #2: Would you mind fixing us a drink? I'm exhausted after shopping all day. to repair. As an idiom it means momentary success. anxiety.

it is an insulting expression meaning you are ignorant. Example #2: Sorry to tell you this.say rehab instead. the loony bin. The idiom is euphemistic. mental institutions. Example #2: I hope you realize that she is full of baloney – I never said anything insulting to her. Example #3: Back in the old days. which is a slang word. but is sometimes meant seriously. Example #3: John usually fumbles so much on a project that the boss gives him an easier job. because this I just had the oil changed 2 weeks ago – my car doesn't need a new oil filter. These places are also called mental hospitals. and so on. but he doesn't want to say it and insult him to his face. but John doesn't work here anymore – he had a nervous breakdown and is in the funny farm. Example #4: Fumbling a relationship isn't the end of the world. to drop something or spill something in an awkward way. Full Of Baloney CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If someone tells you that you are full of crap. insane asylums. or clumsily. he drops the ball and his team loses ground. they called insane asylums funny farms because “funny” was another word for odd or crazy. it simply means to do something wrong. and baloney (a type of cold meat) is a substitute word for crap. and/or incorrect. because we all make mistakes that we have to learn from in life. don't worry – you can always do it again. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Fumble If a football player fumbles. Crap is another word for human waste. As an idiom. Example #1: When I got the new assignment at work. The idiom is normally used in a joking way. unintelligent. incorrectly. Example #2: If you fumble on your first try at online dating. it means to be clumsy.Full Of Crap. they're going to have to send me to the funny farm – I feel a little crazy. Example #4: These days everyone is careful to be politically correct in their language. Example #1: After this writing project is finished. the crazy house. Example #1: I think the mechanic is full of crap. Example #4: You know what? You're full of baloney. depending on the context. If the word fumble is used literally. Funny Farm CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom funny farm is a euphemism for a psychiatric clinic. psych wards. a substitute for an expression using dangerous English. and I don't think you've had a thing to eat all day. so don't say “funny farm” . Example #3: John secretly thinks that his boss is full of crap. mistakenly. I really fumbled it and forgot to call the client for instructions.

Example #1: After getting a fix on the hiker's location. Get A Break CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to get a break has several meanings. Example #2: We need to get a fix on the place where the aircraft crashed before we can plan a rescue mission. acquires territory. but we still have a lot of work to do before we can finish it. you'll get a break on a new refrigerator. to accomplish something. In a more general meaning. Example #1: We have been gaining ground on this construction project. Example #4: I think I can get a break on the price of a used car by looking on Craig's list. so she dropped out after the first week of class. Get A Fix On If you get a fix on something. Example #2: I feel that I gained some ground with my son yesterday after we had a good discussion. to move forward. It is also used in games such as football where similar events occur. The most common meaning is to get a good price on something you are buying in a store or from another person. Example #3: If you think you are gaining ground with me by flirting and making me uncomfortable. and I lost my job because of it. Example #3: If you go to the appliance store where Bob works. The origin of the phrase is in warfare. Example #2: It seems like I just can't get a break – my car wouldn't start this morning. but they ended up losing it all after that. where an army wins battles. Example #4: The hometown team gained ground on the first kick-off.Gaining Ground CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to gain ground is to make progress. Another way it is used is as a way to express frustration about bad luck or events that happen to you. the idiom means to have an understanding of or concept about a person or thing. you locate it in an exact and accurate way. Example #3: John. we sent out a rescue team and saved his life. you are very wrong. And it can mean to find a solution to a problem or facts and evidence that will help to solve a problem Example #1: The new detective got a break in the murder case when he found the weapon used. I can't seem to get a clear fix on you in your new job – do you like it or don't you? Example #4: She simply couldn't get a fix on organic chemistry. This meaning is used in specific technical situations like locating a lost airplane or ship or person. and literally gains ground (land). but then I lost it when we argued about the car. .

and the kids got such a kick out of it. or her stage fright will end her carer as a concert pianist. then you should get a move on – your time is almost over. Example #4: I guarantee you will get a kick out of cosmic bowling – you just have to try it sometime. Example #1: You have to get a grip on yourself – if you lose your temper on the job you'll get fired. Example #1: If you want to finish this exam in time. Get a Move On If someone tells you to get a move on. Get A Kick Out Of To get a kick out of something or someone means to be amused to the point of laughter and hilarity. to manage a temper. The idiom conveys the idea of impact. unless the contractors decide to get a move on. to encourage progress and completion. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . he or she needs to gain a sense of control. Example #3: Hey soldier – get a move on there. If you grip something. get a grip – it's not the end of the world! Example #3: John's boss told him to get a grip on reality – his performance on the job was getting worse and worse. Example #4: She will need to get a grip on her anxiety problem. we plan to do it again next year. so it is under control. you hold it tightly. then you are going too slowly and you need to increase your speed. we don't have all day! Example #4: There's no way the house will be finished before winter. Example #1: I love to go to the movies to see the classic films – I really get a kick out of Charlie Chaplin comedies.Get A Grip If a person needs to get a grip on herself or himself. Example #2: We had better get a move on so we can see the beginning of the movie – you know how much I hate to be late. and to be in charge of reactions that can become too quick and emotional. Example #3: I always get a kick out of my work friend John – he's always in trouble with the boss for some reason. Example #2: We went white water rafting on our last vacation. Example #2: All he said to me was. to be completely entertained. This can be used for physical and non-physical processes. since a kick is literally a physical impact.

but after getting mad I saw her smile at me. but I don't seem to be getting across. or to at least to be tolerant of another person. Example #1: After the Los Angeles race riots. Example #2: Somehow we have to get across to her that she must seek medical attention for her injuries. but I get along because my expenses are so low. Example #3: If you can't get across one way. try another – communication can be difficult at times. Example #3: In most areas of the world. Muslims and Christians have learned how to get along with each other peacefully. to be courteous and polite with. to have enough.Get A Rise Out Of Someone The idiom to get a rise out of someone means to purposefully cause a person to become angry and agitated. Example #3: The boss got a rise out of John when he said that his vacation had been cancelled. Example #4: I keep trying to explain why I left her at the party. The phrase comes from observing animals when they are upset. the best practice is to learn who they are and to make an effort to get along with them – you might need them someday. Rodney King famously asked. either with oneself or with another person. The most common meaning is to be friendly with. but with my English I just couldn't get across. Example #1: I wanted to tell the policeman what I had seen. . but explaining your ideas is important. Example #4: I don't make much money. Get Across The idiom to get across means to provide an explanation or to participate in a communication successfully. It carries an implication of frustration and annoyance. and the fur stands up – rises – on their back. Example #4: Don't even think you'll get a rise out of him – he always stays cool and calm no matter what happens. hopefully only temporarily and sometimes as a joke. Get Along The idiom to get along has several meanings. Example #2: My son was always trying to get a rise out of me. “Can't we all just get along?” Example #2: If you have neighbors. A secondary meaning that is related is to be alright. just to see how angry he could make me feel. Example #1: She got a rise out of me when she said I was too short to play basketball.

Example #4: I got the ball rolling by telling John that it was his turn to buy lunch – now you'll have to ask him where he wants to take us to eat. usually temporarily. Get Off The Ground CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to get off the ground means to start. Example #1: I know it's a fantasy. to initiate. but I dream about getting away from it all and living on a tropical island for the rest of my life.) Example #1: We need to get the ball rolling on this story right now. you'll have to leave behind your cellphone and your laptop. to escape reality. you'll miss the deadline. which means to escape. and this is where the idiom originates. (Note that this is a different expression than to keep the ball rolling. then we can decide what happens in the future. It has a connotation of making effort after a waiting period. Example #2: Don't you think we should get away from it all for a while after this terrible winter? Example #3: She finally decided that she had to get away from it all – the stress of the job was causing health problems. Example #2: Let's get off the ground with this garage cleaning job – you sweep the floor. Example #3: Most important inventors were told that their inventions could never get off the ground – including the Wright Brothers. so I'm assigning the reporting job to you. The origin of the idiom is from games such as bowling. Example #3: If you don't get the ball rolling on the application soon. in which a ball or a puck needs to be put in motion for anything else to happen. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Get The Ball Rolling CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to get the ball rolling means to begin and continue. Example #2: Let's get the ball rolling by offering a coupon that's only valid at our new restaurant for the next 30 days. The expression is used when an airplane lifts off the runway and leaves the ground. Example #1: I was beginning to feel that the project would never get off the ground – now I'm almost halfway finished. Example #4: First we have to get off the ground with this investment process. but sometimes permanently. Mary – good luck.Get Away From It All The idiom to get away from it all means to take a vacation. to make good early progress. Example #4: If you really want to get away from it all. and I'll throw away all of the garbage. It is related to the idiom to get away.

then you might as well not even think about trying out for the Olympics next year. to sacrifice personally for something. to purposefully refuse to respond. or to do something necessary to begin. Example #4: John gave his all to the big project. we have to remember those who died for our freedom. The expression originates in the traffic light system where the green light means to proceed through an intersection. Give Someone The Cold Shoulder CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to give someone the cold shoulder is to shun. all with an intention of doing harm.Give One's All CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to give one's all is to do everything possible in a certain situation. Example #4: Giving her the cold shoulder is not a good idea – she loves a challenge and will continue to bother you. we enjoy many privileges that we would not have gained without them. Give Someone The Green Light CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to give someone the green light is to grant permission. Example #3: I waited at the clinic for hours until they finally gave my doctor the green light to begin a course of treatment for my illness. Example #1: I tried to be his friend after the argument. Example #3: I applied for a home loan. Example #2: If you don't want to talk to John. Example #3: If you don't plan to give it your all. then you'll have to give him the cold shoulder or he won't stop trying. Example #1: She winked at me. who gave their all so that we could live. Example #4: Giving her the green light in this situation is the same as putting a loaded gun in her hands – you don't know what she might do with this classified information. but the boss didn't appreciate his hard work. but he gave me the cold shoulder and we haven't spoken a word to each other since then. . often used in speeches and other special language to describe heroes and acts of bravery. to ignore. It can be a rhetorical expression. his boss gave him the green light to get started on it. Example #1: On Veteran's Day. and I knew that she was giving me the green light to ask her to marry me. Example #2: After reading John's proposal for the new advertising campaign. to shut out. but in the interview the bank officer really gave me the cold shoulder and rejected my application. or to make a heroic effort. Example #2: Because a few brave men gave their all for us. The origin of the expression is as a creation (a coined phrase) of a writer – Sir Walter Scott – in the 1800s.

Blacksmiths are craftsmen who work with metal. Example #2: The Supreme Court hands down their ruling on the law's constitutionality this afternoon. They hammer out the metal until it is finished. but all that has changed with the Internet and television. Example #4: I think I can hammer out an agreement with my roommate about when to have quiet time. In its everyday meaning. Example #1: As a divorce attorney. Before modern mass media. Example #3: Since he couldn't drive it anymore. They make horseshoes. Example #1: The king finally handed down his decision on the subject – all of the citizens had to pay a tax on beer. In an official situation. Example #2: The union representatives and the company executives hammered out a new contract that everyone could accept. either next of kin or informally. Example #2: Are we actually going public with this story? It could cause the end of the president's administration if we do. newspapers were the only way to make something public. John Jr. Example #4: The Internet has made it possible for private conversations. To hammer out an agreement means to create a compromise and a plan that is suitable for everyone involved in the situation.Go Public CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to go public means to purposefully make information public knowledge by announcing or publishing it. communications. knives. Hammer Out The idiom to hammer out has a simple meaning that comes from a real-world source. and the results can be devastating. and other items with a hammer and an anvil. and even events to go public in an instant. Example #4: Those leather gloves are very old – they look like they have been handed down for several generations. I help couples to hammer out a legal settlement that is agreeable to both. to hand down means that something is being given to an inheritor. Example #3: You and your office partner have to stop arguing – try to hammer out a compromise. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #3: I have to ask a favor of you – don't go public about our divorce until I can tell the children. but somehow the media heard about it anyway. Hand Down The idiom to hand down has different meanings that depend on the context. John decided to hand down his old sports car to his son. a government officer or representative hands down a decision or ruling when it is announced and made public knowledge. Example #1: Sheila didn't want to go public with the news that her company was going out of business.

hang a left on Adams and then a right on Madison. It usually refers to a positive result. or something similar. or turn right. Example #3: She told me to hang a right at the third stoplight.Hand In If a person hands in an assignment. Example #4: I will always hand it to my wife – she has been a terrific mother to our children. all I have to do is hand it in – what a great feeling! Example #3: John's boss told him he should hand in his work for the next campaign before the last possible minute. Example #1: I handed in the completed problem set to my calculus teacher 5 minutes early. and the credit given is deserved and the person is worthy of praise. Hand It To If you hand it to someone. and is a widely used expression in all walks of life. he or she submits it to a teacher. you are assigning credit for some outcome or event to that person. you'll be driving down one of the most famous streets in Chicago. let's hand it to this guy. Example #1: I have to hand it to him – John was the one who made the office Christmas party the huge success that it was. Hang a Left/Right This idiom is used to give directions on how to go somewhere or how a journey was done. . an application. Example #2: Hey everyone. Example #1: If you hang a right on State Street. The idiom follows from the actual gesture of using the hand to give something to another person. It can. a boss. Example #2: Now that my thesis is done. Example #2: When you leave here. you will understand where it comes from. a parent and so on. be used sarcastically in a negative sense. and you'll see the theater. however. If you visualize a driver leaning into a turn. a piece of work. Example #4: She went to the Post Office to hand in her passport application and have her photo taken. Example #3: OK. Example #4: When I hang a right. because he stopped the store from being robbed. It simply means to turn left. I have to hand it to her – she made so many mistakes that no one will ever be able to repair the damage. my car vibrates like it's going to fall apart. but she was mistaken – that road took me away from the city.

Example #2: I really don't know why you have to be such a hard nut to crack – can't you simply be honest and tell me how you feel? Example #3: This bridge project has been a hard nut to crack. Example #3: John always hangs out at the pub across the street from work on his lunch hour. Example #1: John is a hard nut to crack. Hard Nut To Crack CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom a hard nut to crack describes a person who is difficult to understand. to keep on trying. but I'm getting discouraged. It is an exhortation. Example #2: She always hangs out at the dog park on Saturday afternoons. Another meaning is to be a regular at a certain locale or public place. which often requires a special tool or substantial force to accomplish. but we have now been successful in acquiring the land we need to get started on it. The origin is from the actual process of opening a nutshell. you'll eventually reach your goal. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . to continue and be strong. and that's where I found him today. but my boss tells me to hang in there – it will get better. and a phrase of encouragement that can be used in many situations. Example #2: Sometimes it seems like you will never learn English fluently. It means to hold on. Example #1: I have been having problems learning my new job. or a problem that is hard to solve. Example #1: If you don't mind hanging out with me. but I finally learned how to motivate him – with food and drink. Example #3: My wife says that we have to hang in there and continue working to earn more money. Example #4: The basket ball told the team to hang in there.Hang In There The idiom hang in there is one of those things that people say to each other when they don't know what else to say. a command. Example #4: Do you want to go down to the skating rink and hang out? You might meet some interesting people there . his grades are getting worse. I have to go to the mall this afternoon and I'd like you to come with me. Hang Out To hang out is a verbal idiom that means to participate in a gathering. Example #4: Lately our son has been a hard nut to crack – he broke up with his girlfriend. whether with one other person or more than one. because they were close to winning the game. but if you hang in there. and he won't talk to us.

Example #3: John tried to tell his boss that it wasn't his fault. Hard to Swallow The meaning of the idiom hard to swallow is that a statement or action cannot be accepted as the truth or as accurate. Example #3: You don't have to waste the hard sell on me – I know exactly what I want and there's no way to change my mind. Example #4: By the time we realized that the engineering was faulty. because I knew where she really was. so I went along with the hard sell and came home with something I didn't want – a new car. Example #3: The pilot's story about the UFO sighting was hard to swallow. Heads Will Roll CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom heads will roll is a colorful phrase which means that people will be punished for doing wrong. Example #4: People who are victims of the hard sell often have buyer's remorse – they regret their decision to buy. whether the wrongdoing was real or perceived. The gruesome origin of the expression is the practice of execution of criminals by decapitation. and whoever is responsible will be fired. or you will choke or injure yourself. Example #4: I told my son that his explanation for getting a low grade in English class was hard to swallow. . he would probably find it hard to swallow.Hard Sell CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom hard sell refers to a technique or method that salespersons are known for. but the boss insists that heads will roll. Example #2: After the general discovered that the 3rd battalion had failed to win the battle. it was too late to save the building. then he or she is using the hard sell. Now heads will roll. If you are looking at cars for sale and the salesman or saleswoman puts pressure on you to buy a certain car. but the salesman put the hard sell on to get me to buy a new one. Example #1: I had already decided that I would buy a used car. Example #2: I didn't want to argue or disagree with him. you might have to reject it. The method takes advantage of the fear some people have of confronting or contradicting someone seen as important or authoritative. Example #2: If John's boss was ever actually polite and civil to him. he decided that some heads would roll. Example #1: Her excuse for getting in late last night was hard for me to swallow. but he had no reason to lie. but I would accept it for now. and the first one will be John's. This comes from the fact that if you are eating and the food is hard to swallow. Example #1: I'm afraid that heads will roll for this mistake – the company lost millions.

which is the act of horsing around. Example #4: I told my son not to horse around with the new car – he doesn't have enough driving experience to know when he is getting into trouble. but horses can be playful animals. and we didn't mean for Joey to really jump off the bridge. you will not take more – that would be rude. and won't even leave his room to eat. Example #1: At basketball practice. but eat all you take. and is related to the expression horse play. Example #2: We were just horsing around. a shopaholic is hooked on shopping – but alcoholism is much more dangerous. Horse Around CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to horse around is to act in a playful but irresponsible manner. The addiction could be mental. The expression developed from the act of being caught on a hook used for fishing. Example #3: If all of you are finished horsing around. Example #2: Mother said that we could help ourselves to as much popcorn as we wanted. Example #1: I have been hooked on tobacco from the time I smoked that first cigarette at 18 years of age.Help One Self CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to help one's self has a couple of different meanings. or other items as they are offered. or psychological. Example #3: We are afraid that our son is hooked on video games – he plays them all the time. often with negative results. It has the same meaning as fool around. and the phrase can be used in a casual context or a serious one. there was a sign that read help yourself. There is a connotation that after taking what you want or need for yourself. Example #4: Please. we can start today's lesson all about idioms in English. the coach told us to stop horsing around or we would have to run 100 laps as punishment. Hooked On Something CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to be hooked on something means that a person has an addiction to something. We were playing a joke that went bad. The origin is unknown. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #1: At the free hotel buffet. help yourself to the rest of my french fries – I can't eat another bite Hooked To. One is to be free to take food. Example #3: At the wedding there was an open bar. Example #4: Just as an alcoholic is hooked on drinking alcohol. Example #2: She is so hooked on Starbuck's coffee that she goes there every morning before work for a latte – and that's expensive. drink. physical. without being polite or hesitating. because she had made too much. and it was very difficult to stop the habit. which means that John could help himself to as much free booze as he could drink.

until he finally grew out of the tendency to get mad. bad possibility happens. I am not at all ill at ease when I am in a social situation – I love to meet new people. The meaning is that if the most unwanted. A hot head is the noun form. Example #2: My brother was so hot-headed that he often was involved in fights in the army. mature people can be hot-headed. I will still be able to take the bus to school Ill At Ease If a person is ill at ease in a particular situation. and the adjective form has the same meaning. Example #4: You have to calm down and stop being hot-headed about everything – stress and anxiety will ruin your health if you don't. Example #1: John was so ill at ease during the meeting with his supervisor that he spilled his coffee because his hands were shaking. Example #3: Even grown-up. The fact that the person is ill at ease may or may not be noticeable to someone else. then another action will result. he or she is experiencing discomfort and anxiety.Hot-Headed CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The descriptive idiom hot-headed means prone to anger. Example #2: I am really ill at ease with my daughter's decision to drop out of college. but they usually have a lot of regret and remorse about their behavior. probably because an angry person's face gets red as if he or she is hot. Example #1: I expected that if worst came to worst and I became homeless. he might accept another government appointment. but because it is a strong feeling it is very evident to the person who experiences it. Example #3: If worst comes to worst and the election is lost. The only thing that changes in actual use of the idiom is the tense of the verb. Example #4: I think that if worst comes to worst and my car stops running. and is used as a complete phrase. I could stay in a shelter temporarily. negative. but what can I do? Example #3: Sheila couldn't explain why she was so ill at ease on the flight to Rome – she had never feared flying in the past. If Worst Comes To Worst The idiom if worst comes to worst is a bit unusual because it is long. . unfortunate. Example #1: I can't believe how hot-headed John is – he told the boss to take a flying leap off of a bridge. Example #2: Sheila is a real pessimist – she is always saying “if worst comes to worst” and then thinking bad things will happen. Example #4: Fortunately. Heat is associated with anger. or a conclusion will be made. easily made angry. meaning a person who gets mad quickly.

and making decisions. Example #2: If she was ever in a bind for cash. to do something fast. Example #1: She is always in such a hurry that I can't imagine how she sleeps at night. and today I'm just in a fog. If a person is in a bind. If a rope or a chain is in a bind. Example #4: They say that haste makes waste. because my professor lost my homework and I didn't keep a copy. Example #4: Don't get in a bind – start your research paper early so you can get some help if you need it. Example #2: If you're in a hurry after the movie. This condition can be permanent or temporary. In A Hurry This idiom is a very common one and used every day. she knew that she could count on her parents for some extra money. but is usually very ambitious and driven. don't take the bus – it takes forever to go anywhere. Example #3: I didn't sleep well last night. but now that I'm older I like to take my time. fog is difficult to see through. who asked him why he was walking around in a fog.In A Bind The meaning of the idiom in a bind has a direct origin in a physical action. Example #4: Sometimes if your body lacks important vitamins and minerals. In A Fog In the real world. it is tightly wound and difficult or impossible to loosen or untie. it means he or she is in a state of confusion. Example #3: John told his boss that he was in a bind – he hadn't started work on the new assignment yet and was behind on his other work. but I can't help it – I seem to be in a hurry all the time. communicating. Example #2: John's lack of focus at work was noticed by the boss. he or she is in a bad situation which will be very hard to make better – but not impossible. A person who is in a hurry does not have any extra time to stop and enjoy life. Example #1: I am really in a bind. depending on the context. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . The person may have problems understanding. Example #1: My mother may be suffering from early Alzheimer's disease – she seems to always be in a fog. Example #3: When I was younger I was always in a hurry about something. If someone is in a fog. It means to have to move fast. in a short time. you might feel like you are living in a fog. and can cause drivers and pedestrians to become confused.

Example #2: My teenage son is always in a world of his own – it takes some effort to get his attention. and now I'm in a jam with my boss. When things are stuck where they should not be. in a state of disconnectedness with other people and events going on around him. concisely. Example #3: An autistic child lives in a world of his or her own. Example #3: For example. just let me know In a Nutshell The idiom in a nutshell means in a small number of words. The origin of this idiom is Shakespeare himself. in a summary manner. Example #1: Picasso was such a creative and imaginative artist that he often was in a world of his own. although in a different sense. and communicating is always difficult and sometimes impossible. a jam results. If you are in a jam. then you should go live on a deserted island. . In a World of One's Own If a person is in a world of his or her own. or a log jam on a river. and the boss said “you're fired. Example #2: If you get into a jam when you are trying to speak English with native speakers. Example #1: I have not been able to learn how to do my new job. to be having a difficult time in life. so I always remind him to tell me something in a nutshell. Example #3: John is really in a jam at work – he hasn't finished his project and the boss needs it right now. Example #1: John asked for the boss to give him his evaluation in a nutshell.In A Jam The idiom in a jam means to be in trouble. I asked him to please tell me in a nutshell what the doctor said to him. you are where you do not want to be. then that person is out of touch with reality. and his friends had to be patient with him. Example #4: If you just want to be in a world of your own. Example #4: Don't get yourself in a jam – if you need to borrow some money. depending on the context. whose character Hamlet first used the phrase. Example #4: The police detective asked the witness to describe the crime in a nutshell. It can be a negative description or a positive one. It comes from the use of the word “jam” as in a paper jam in a photocopier. just smile and nod.” Example #2: My father has a habit of talking for a long time on a topic.

you'll usually save some money on interest. and the study of the supply and demand of goods and services.In Advance The idiom in advance means before the usual time or ahead of a planned or appointed time. Example #4: If you pay in advance. Example #2: If I am put in charge of a project. In Short Supply CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom in short supply means less than what is required or necessary in a certain situation. Example #1: The weather forecaster said that. we noticed we were in short supply of liquor. so every employee has had to put in overtime to make up the work. and it was his fault that the battle was lost. it was making a profit and had a good reputation. Example #2: Our office has been in short supply of extra workers lately. In Charge CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom in charge of is to be in a position of power. Example #4: When she was in charge of the school. Example #1: The captain was in charge of the troops. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #3: I'm in charge of everyone now. as someone being taken care of or under someone's control. or blame for its failure. It originates from the science of economics. It never changes form and always appears as just the 2 words. Example #2: You can choose to buy concert tickets in advance or at the door. Example #4: Doctors are in short supply in Mongolia. so you all should listen closely to my instructions and follow them carefully. Example #3: As the party went on. Example #3: Why don't we agree in advance on some simple rules for the house. so I had to go out to the store for more. then I expect to be given credit for its success. Example #1: My patience is in short supply right now. and do it quickly. we will have torrential rains and strong winds. where it is sometimes impossible to find a surgeon for the simplest operation. authority and control. then we won't have any thing to argue about. in advance of the hurricane. but if all the tickets sell ahead of the show you won't be able to go. It is based on one of the meanings of the word charge. so I think you should explain what happened.

profits and losses. Example #1: I was out partying with my friends until 3 AM last night.obviously this state of affairs can't go on. So the idiom to be in the black means to be successful. In The Dog House CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom in the dog house means in a condition or circumstance designed to be a punishment. so I bought 4 bottles. but I don't know how up to date the web site is. I'm really in the doghouse. but when I looked for them on the shelf they were all sold out. the vitamins I was looking for were in stock. Example #4: According to our household budget. Example #4: If the car you want is in stock. we'll have to order it and it will take a month to arrive. financial records for businesses and organizations were kept in ledger books.In Stock CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom in stock is available for purchase. but a loss or debt was written in red ink. If an item is out of stock. such as the practice of grounding for a child. Example #3: As treasurer for a small church. or out of debt. we should be in the black by the year 2050 . Example #2: The online store says it has the shoes I need in stock. then don't do anything you could get punished for doing. Example #3: Much to my surprise. I am always pleased when our accounts are in the black. Example #1: At the end of the fourth quarter the company was finally in the black. Example #1: The clerk told me that the store still had a few of the shoes in stock. A store's stock is the inventory. Example #3: John is in the dog house with his boss – he made a huge error on the monthly report. Example #4: It's very simple: if you don't want to be in the dog house. then it is not available. after a year of ups and downs. Example #2: The project has to end up in the black or the boss won't be very happy – he expects every division to show a profit. or it could be a feeling that is vague and abstract but present between people. profitable. no phone. In The Black CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION Back in the days of paper accounting. it was shown in black ink. Example #2: My parents grounded me for 2 weeks – no car. what is on the shelves and on the floor at the moment. no Internet. and now he has to work overtime for a month. If not. . It might be a literal punishment. you can drive it home today. and now I'm in the doghouse with my wife. no TV. If there was a profit or positive balance.

Back in the days of paper accounting. Example #4: I think that he was just jerking me around and had no intention of paying me the money he owed me. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #2: “Don't jerk me around. so my wife and I have to get second jobs to pay the bills. To jerk a person around literally means to push. Example #1: Our company is in the red. Example #2: Our household budget always ends up in the red. As an idiom it means to cause trouble for or make problems for. and production is getting more expensive – I think it's time to quit.In The Red CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to be in the red means to be unsuccessful. so I'm going to pick out new carpet and drapes today. make colorful. and be rough and aggressive with a person. If there was a profit or positive balance. Example #3: If we rent an apartment together. Example #1: John always believed that the boss enjoyed jerking him around and making his life miserable. Example #2: John jazzed up his cubicle so much that the boss had to make him stop – it was distracting him from doing his job. a loss or debt was written in red ink. annoy or irritate someone. it was shown in black ink. the company might be in the red for a while before it starts making a profit. profits are down. not profitable. improve. or in debt. Example #4: Your research paper is alright as it is. Example #4: Sometimes when a new product is introduced. but if you jazzed it up with some more recent studies it would be better Jerk (someone) Around . financial records for businesses and organizations were kept in ledger books. Example #1: This house could use a little jazzing up.” he said. Example #3: If the people who owe us money would pay their bills. ornament. The use of the word “jazz” gives its origin away – jazz is a form of improvised music in which instrumentalists commonly take a melody or theme and explore possible variations. Jazz Up The idiom to jazz up means to decorate. sales are low. we would not be in the red this quarter. but a negative balance. pull. “just tell me the truth!” Example #3: If you jerk him around about this deal. we can go to the thrift stores and get some things to jazz it up. brighten. The idiom to jerk (someone) around is an example of an expression that originates in the physical world and then becomes used in a symbolic or figurative way. he'll decide not to go through with it.

Example #3: Feeling a spider crawling on me in the dark makes me jump out of my skin. you may not get a refund if it is cancelled. or destroy it. Example #1: When the shocking surprise ending came to the movie. possibly in public. Jump the Gun This idiom comes from foot racing in which a starting gun is used to begin the race. Example #2: If you jump the gun and buy a ticket to the concert. Jumping the gun could be in a formal situation with an exact time. The expression follows through with that meaning in a figurative way. Jump Out Of One's Skin If something happens that startles. If you jump the gun. Example #3: I'm sorry – I really jumped the gun when I asked you for a date so soon. Example #4: Please don't take a fright and jump out of your skin – I'm going to light the firecracker right now. it made me jump out of my skin. Can we start over? Example #4: Sheila jumped the gun when she started the English test before she was told to begin. you will injure. since the product was not yet developed. or it could happen informally and refer to a vague or unknown time. or surprises a person. usually in a cruel and impolite manner. Example #3: Don't jump all over me – it won't improve my playing and I will still hate soccer! Example #4: When an authority figure jumps all over someone. Example #1: John was shocked when the boss jumped all over him at the big meeting. because he thought he was doing a good job. Example #1: John's boss reprimanded him for jumping the gun on the new advertising project. I usually apologize for my behavior the next day. he or she is said to jump out of his or her skin. As an idiom.Jump All Over (someone) The meaning of the idiom to jump all over someone is to reprimand or scold. . Example #2: She almost jumped out of her skin when the tire on her car blew out at 60 miles per hour. frightens. it is very descriptive of the physical feeling of being scared or startled and also being unable to control one's reaction in the situation. If you literally jump all over something. you start before the time is right. Example #2: If I jump all over one of my employees. break. it usually means that he or she is an ineffective leader. and it will be very loud.

Example #2: If you act like you are just off the boat. Example #2: In the job of investment broker. they may be gullible. Example #2: She had been just about ready to tell him the truth. you need to collect more knowledge and not make snap judgments – don't jump to conclusions. very near. almost. so be careful.Jump To Conclusions Some people have a tendency to make fast decisions based on very little information. for example. you might be jumping to conclusions (the idiom can also be used in a singular form – jump to the conclusion). it is especially dangerous to jump to conclusions before all the facts are known. It means close to. Example #3: My baby daughter was just about to go to sleep when the phone rang and woke her up. and sometimes implies one event happening before another. Just Off The Boat This idiom comes from recognition of the problems that immigrants often have. If you trust your first impressions of a person. They may not speak the language. Example #4: For a detective. when the train stopped and the conductor said there would be a delay. Example #3: Sometimes it can be dangerous to let others know that you might be just off the boat – you must learn to protect yourself. and native people know that they have only just arrived – they are just off the boat. they may be needy. Example #4: I'm not just off the boat. it is important not to jump to conclusions – other people's money is at stake. Example #1: We were just about at our subway stop. To really understand a situation or person. Example #3: Don't jump to conclusions – Sheila isn't pregnant. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . so don’t try to fool me – I know what I'm doing. Example #4: Just about everyone he knew was at the party. Example #1: She acts like she is just off the boat – she really needs to understand how things work around here. when her phone rang and rescued her from the consequences. then there are people who will take advantage of you. she just gained weight. and jumped to the conclusion that I was cheating on her. Just About The idiom just about is a very useful and common expression. and he was glad he had decided to come after all. Example #1: My wife saw a woman's name on my cell phone.

and so on. Example #4: You may be right that she is lying to me. and any deficiencies will lower your grade. to exercise. Example #4: Getting a smaller place that was easier for her to take care of was just what the doctor ordered . bowls and napkins are placed just so on the dining table. and only then can I start working. Just the same. and so on. Just the same. but just the same. because he has been under tremendous stress lately. and notwithstanding. Just What the Doctor Ordered A doctor can order a patient to take medicines. Example #3: A sabbatical for Professor Smith may be just what the doctor ordered. Example #1: Taking a winter vacation in a tropical climate may be just what the doctor ordered for me – I can't stand this cold weather any longer. Example #1: She has never liked concerts. she had to make sure she looked just so. It may not look perfect for someone else. If something or someone is just what the doctor ordered. plates. the meaning is that it is exactly right at this point in time. because we are doing much better now. I need to believe she is telling the truth. to have treatments. Example #2: I know what you thought about the movie. but just the same. nonetheless. how things are arranged. Example #3: There are some people who can't begin to eat a formal meal until the utensils. and it means despite anything or no matter what else may be true. what is on it. she has promised to go with me tomorrow night. because professors like them just so. Example #2: I like for the items on my drawing table to be arranged just so. we decided to attempt the ascent. I would like to see it to form my own opinion. but it is the way I want it. or in a way pleasing to someone. Example #4: Usually research papers have to be carefully formatted.” This is a difficult word to define in English because it has such a deep function.Just So The idiom just so can mean almost perfect. Example #3: We understood the dangers in climbing the mountain. Just The Same The idiom just the same is used in exactly the same way and has the same meaning as the word “nevertheless. If I like to have my computer desktop looking just so. Example #2: My wife's suggestion that we go to a marriage counselor was just what the doctor ordered. Example #1: Before we could go out for the evening. for this situation. yet. but some synonyms are however. then I have a preference for how it looks.

impolite overtone. to say nothing about something or not to make noise in a certain situation. Example #3: One of the first things a young adult has to learn is how to keep his or her head above water without going into debt on credit cards. just for safety. Example #4: My doctor told me to keep an eye on my blood pressure so that I could let him know how my new medication was working. Example #1: After the divorce. Example #1: I'm going to ask my neighbor to keep an eye on our house while we are gone. or it could be more general and vague. to be aware of.Keep An Eye On . It may refer to something specific and understood. Keep One's Mouth Shut If someone tells you to keep your mouth shut. but she told the entire story of how we robbed the bank. but that you are having problems with finances. It carries a threatening. The idiom means. and it is a very uncomfortable and frightening feeling. You are in danger of drowning. Keep Ones Head Above Water If you are in the water and you are not a good swimmer. It is interesting because it is probably not possible to do any of these things with only one eye. and a competitor found out and made it to market first. but that's why it's an idiom. maybe buying things you can't afford. he couldn't keep his head above water after paying the alimony and child support payments. Example #2: I expected my partner to keep her mouth shut on the witness stand. Example #1: John couldn't keep his mouth shut about the new product. Example #2: My dog has been acting a little sick – please keep an eye on him while you are here today. it is very difficult to keep your head above water. Or perhaps you cannot pay your bills and you owe more money than you earn or have. Example #4: Please keep your head above water and don't buy that new car that you want so badly. Example #3: Now you have to keep your mouth shut – the prison guard is coming and he thinks we are asleep. The idiom to keep an eye on simply means to watch over. Example #4: Here's a sentence you often hear in gangster movies: Just keep your mouths shut and no one will get hurt! Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . even on his small salary – he doesn't buy what he can't afford. Example #2: John knows how to keep his head above water. not that you are literally drowning. then you are being told to be quiet. Example #3: John's boss told him that he would be keeping an eye on him for any mistakes or deficiencies. to take care of.

.Keep One's Nose To The Grindstone The origins of this idiom are in a technology that is lost in the modern world. you'll be able to reach your goal. she told me to keep my shirt on – she could explain everything. reliable. barley. and we'll get out of this mess somehow. Keep One's Shirt On The idiom to keep one's shirt on means to be patient. and you stand by and carry out your promises and obligations. Keep One's Word If you are know as someone who keeps his or her word. Example #4: Even though John has caused a lot of problems for the boss. The idiom does not have to refer to an actual verbal agreement or contract – it can be used in a more general way to describe a person's character. Example #3: Although she was frightened of flying. Example #3: Just keep your shirt on. it's important that the agent keeps his word and follows through. Example #2: If you are working with a realty agent to sell your house. she kept her word and took a plane to see her dying mother. Example #2: The American dream is that if you keep your nose to the grindstone and do the right thing. Example #1: John's boss expects him to keep his nose to the grindstone. and non-aggressive. Example #2: After I asked her if she was cheating on me. men would take off shirts before a physical fight. calm. and millet were taken to be ground into flour. Example #1: John always keeps his word. then you are responsible. he will be in trouble. Example #4: I wouldn't worry about trusting that guy as an investment counselor – he is known for keeping his word. Example #4: Learning English can be difficult. Grain mills were places where grain such as wheat. The animals that turned the grindstone to make the flour had to work very hard and continuously to do their jobs. Example #1: I knew I had to keep my shirt on and not upset the policeman. he always keeps his shirt on when they meet and tries to be respectful. Example #3: My friend doesn't believe in keeping his nose to the grindstone – he thinks that he is entitled to enjoy life and have a good time. you work hard and consistently so. you’ll be rewarded. or I would probably get a speeding ticket. at least temporarily. Traditionally. as she had promised. and he'll do just what he said he would do – trust me. trustworthy. so to do the opposite is to remain peaceful. and if he doesn't. If you keep your nose to the grindstone. but if you keep your nose to the grindstone and don't give up.

Keep the Books The idiom to keep the books means to make records of profits. Keep Quiet One of many idioms using the word keep. sometimes physically as in running or racing. sometimes symbolically as in studying or making grades. then yo will probably be able to finish the marathon with a good showing. and I can't hear when you are talking. Example #2: John hired a bookkeeper for his new company.Keep Pace With The idiom to keep pace with means to proceed at the same speed as others are going. the treasurer also kept the books. to keep quiet means to stay silent.” Example #1: Please keep quiet during the play – I want to hear every word the actors say. the police came and warned the neighbors to keep quiet or they would be arrested. Example #4: I hope you'll keep quiet about this – I don't want John's boss to know we're using his computer. to be as quiet as possible for as long as possible. to not make any noise.” or “keep your mouth shut. An accountant is one who keeps the books. Example #3: Writing about the latest technology means that you must keep pace with technical advances and new products. but he always seemed to fall behind at some point. Example #1: Because the church had a very small congregation. we can save some money. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . losses and expenditures for a business. “shut up. especially in smaller organizations. It is a more polite form of the idiom. Example #4: John tried to keep pace with his co-workers. but he soon found out that with no sales. Example #2: After we called to complain. Example #3: My baby daughter finally learned to keep quiet when I read her a bedtime story. It is used in many different contexts. Example #3: If you can keep the books for our new restaurant while we are starting out. there is no need to keep the books. but I just couldn't keep pace with the native speakers so I quit. Example #1: I joined the study group to improve my English speaking skills. but it can be an informal job too. Example #2: If you can keep pace with the rest of the runners. to stop talking. Example #4: I only trust a professional to keep the books for our company – she is a certified public accountant with many years of experience.

Example #1: I smoked cigarettes for twenty years. Kick the Habit A habit is something that you do regularly. If you arrive at a movie early. because he can run away very quickly and get lost. we can reduce them and have more money to pay for food. . Example #4: He sent me a sweet Valentine that said. A track is at the most basic level a foot print. you will have time to kill and you might wander around the lobby looking at posters. record or notice movement. go down to the beach and go for a walk.Keep Track Of CLICK HERE FOR AVIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to keep track of is to document. Example #3: Keep track of how many meals are served tonight. and I never want to kick the habit. “I’m totally addicted to you. shelter. Example #1: She has to keep track of her toddler at all times. Example #3: Experts say that a heroin addiction is incredibly hard to stop. Example #1: We got to the airport 3 hours before the flight was scheduled to leave. position. behavior or a combination of those traits. Example #4: I have such a huge collection of Barbie dolls that I can't keep track of them all – I may have to dedicate a room to them. so the origin of the expression is from an essential human and animal activity – hunting.” Kill Time The idiom to kill time means to fill up a period of waiting for some other event to take place with meaningless activity. so we had to kill a lot of time in the bar. As a verb phrase. the form can change depending on the context. without going to rehab. The meaning of the idiom to kick a habit is to be successful in stopping it. and if it is not good it is very difficult to change or stop even if you want to do so. Example #2: If we can keep track of our expenses. but I was finally forced to kick the habit when I had a heart attack. not something you can ever throw away. Example #4: While the men killed time in the tavern. and other necessities. and anyone who kicks the habit deserves congratulations. Example #2: She kicked her drinking habit all by herself. Example #3: Killing time is difficult when you see every moment of life as a gift. Example #2: If you really want to kill some time before dinner. the women had their meeting in the council hall. so we know how much food to prepare tomorrow.

but the boss didn't see it that way – he told him to take everything down. the solution will come to us. Example #2: John decorated his cubicle as a labor of love. so she stopped taking her birth control pills without telling me. Example #1: My wife decided to get knocked up before she got any older. Laid Back To be laid back means to be unworried. The origin of the expression is uncertain. Example #3: Men are responsible for contraception. Example #4: If you have a labor of love.Knocked Up CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom knocked up is to be pregnant either by accident or on purpose. at least sometimes. Labor Of Love The idiom labor of love means something that is done for its own sake. but for me it's a labor of love. because it's relaxing and inspiring at the same time. The idiom describes a person who does not suffer from anxiety. never give it up – it's important for your sanity and health to keep going. and who is a good example of how we should try to live. Example #1: You probably think that I'm a fool for continuing this project. Example #1: Almost everyone who knows me thinks I am a laid back person – I don't get too excited about things. who is friendly and easy to be with. eyes closed. which is to wake someone by rapping on the door or window. calm in the face of difficulties. and the verb form (to knock up) means to make a woman pregnant. and for getting women knocked up without using it. The mental image that comes to mind when using this idiom is of a person stretched out in a chair. enjoyment. Example #3: I must admit that gardening is a labor of love that I enjoy doing. but it is probably related to the British English meaning. especially if you are not getting the work done. accepting of what life gives. or self-fulfilment. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . hands behind the head. There is no other motive for it such as money or fame. for pleasure. Example #2: All females should remember to use contraceptives to avoid getting knocked up. Example #3: If we can be laid back about this problem. Example #4: Many teen mothers find themselves knocked up too young. Example #2: John's boss told him that there is such a thing as being too laid back. and are not able to complete their high school classes and receive a diploma.

Example #4: High speed trains in Japan go very fast. Example #4: I was laid up at home with the flu when I heard about the merger. Example #1: During the last year of his presidency. It can also be used when talking about animals in certain special situations. An official in a public office has come near to the end of his or her term of office. was laid up for over a month after she was hit by a car and injured. it can't walk or move very well. Example #1: John had never had a mentor before. Example #3: My friend said that she had never experienced such a love before. and seem to lap up the miles with no effort. Example #2: After breaking his leg falling down the stairs at work. . and as a result has very little power to make changes. so there is no way around it. if at all. the mayor decided to resign from office early and retire. the family dog. This not a position most politicians enjoy. than you lap it up.Laid Up The idiom to be laid up means that a person are supposed to stay at home. Example #3: Betsy. The idiom lame duck refers almost exclusively to a certain situation. Lame Duck If a duck is lame. and that it was her time to lap it up and love it. The other follows from the first – if you eagerly take in or experience something as a dog does with water. he was lame duck and he was not able to finish his plans. so I couldn't bet on him today. John will be laid up for at least 2 months while it heals. but legally there are term limits. Example #1: My favorite racing horse is laid up with an injured ankle. usually remaining in bed. Example #3: The best way to avoid being a lame duck in office is to not get elected for another term. Example #2: Knowing she would be lame duck. This known as lapping up water and that is one meaning of the idiom. and just lap it up. Now I had no job to go back to. Example #2: The best way to learn English is to be in an environment where everyone speaks the language. and he was lapping it up. Example #4: No political figure wants to be a lame duck. Lap Up The way most animals drink water is to use the tongue to bring the liquid into the mouth. due to doctor's orders with a severe injury or illness. but it often is part of the process.

Example #4: When you love someone and that person lashes out at you.Lash Out The idiom to lash out means to use words to hurt a person. Example #3: Sometimes if you wait until the last minute to place a bid on ebay. that is. in an extreme and abusive manner. It is normally used as an expression of warning or reprimand. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . learning in life is important too. Example #1: After John had drank too much alcohol at the office party. Example #3: A person who has learned a lesson in life is very unlikely to repeat the same mistake. Example #2: John has a habit of always waiting till the last minute to complete an assigned project. Example #2: She will either learn her lesson when the supervisor finds out what she's been doing. but it's not true – for everything. Example #3: All I said was that she looked older wearing that dress. The meaning of the idiom to learn one's lesson is to make a mistake and learn something valuable from the error. but it sometimes happens. Example #2: If you can keep from lashing out at the people you love. Example #4: After I almost drowned. and his boss is angry about it. or she'll lose her job. you can get a good price. for those who always wait until it is almost too late to do something. I learned my lesson and started taking swimming classes. then it becomes difficult to trust and be honest – you're always afraid of a violent reaction. you may not have a valid license for a while. that there is no more time. used to control animals. A lash is a whip. and the idiom is strongly associated with violence and cruelty. then you have managed to control your anger. and she lashed out at me. Example #1: I really learned my lesson when it came to driving too fast – I got too many tickets and almost lost my license. Example #4: My husband tells me that I wait until the last minute for everything. Learn One's Lesson In the same way that learning a lesson in school is important. Last Minute This idiom means that time has run out. Example #1: If you wait until the last minute to renew your driver's license. he lashed out at his boss and said things that caused his termination.

so he joined a gym and started a diet. Example #2: My wife looked at herself in the mirror and asked me if I thought she needed to lose weight.Like a Fish Out Of Water CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiomatic expression like a fish out of water means uncomfortable. Example #3: It is common for your doctor to suggest that you lose weight. but it's your decision to make. feeling ill at ease. Example #2: If you ever go to a party and feel like a fish out of water. then you have an idea about the origin of this idiom. John decided it was time to lose weight. Example #4: Making it through grad school was a long shot for me. and not in the right place. that's a good signal that you should leave and go home. Example #3: Sometimes the feeling of being like a fish out of water means that you need to widen your circle of friends and knowledge to fit in better. Example #1: After working in an office setting for years and getting very little exercise. Example #4: I plan to lose weight before my daughter's wedding so I can fit into my old tuxedo. Example #4: My son was like a fish out of water at the new high school. Lose Weight The idiom to lose weight simply means to weigh less and to look thinner in the process. Example #1: Winning the lottery is an extremely long shot. but I finally did it – with a family and a full-time job all the while. single. but I always say that you can't win if you don't play. which is another idiom – to go on a diet. The phrase originates in the subject area of guns and marksmanship. we could be wealthy in a few years. Example #1: I went to the meeting of homeowners. the less chance there is to hit it. The most common method of becoming thinner is to eat less and to eat certain kinds of food. Example #3: This company is a long shot. but I asked her to go to dinner with me anyway – and she accepted. If you have ever seen a fish taken from its natural habitat (water). unlike all of the other people there. and debt-ridden. Long Shot CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom long shot is a low probability or likelihood of something happening. but I was like a fish out of water – I was poor. . where everyone was from a rich family and loved to demonstrate it. but if we take a chance and invest now. Of course I said no. where a long shot is a very difficult one to make – the farther away the target is. Example #2: I knew it was a long shot.

I knew I had lucked out completely – I was now a millionaire. If she has love handles the hands would rest there. or even possibly gotten dishonestly. or by gambling. Example #1: Because the man had inside information. This might be through a big sale. thus the expression. a surprise. Example #4: I could make a killing on these widgets if I could just find an investor. Example #4: If you really want to lose your love handles.Love Handles CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom love handles refers to accumulations of body fat around the waist of men and women. but over the years I have developed a spare tire and a big belly – my wife calls them my love handles. Example #2: That tire looks bad. you'll have to diet. an inheritance. The meaning of the idiom is accompanied by a feeling that the money was unexpected. Example #1: When I was a teenager I was very thin. but when I was at the casino in Atlantic City I made a killing on the slot machines. Example #1: When I read the winning lottery numbers and they matched my ticket. and the man's hands are on the sides of her waist. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Using the expression about someone else means you are envious. Example #3: If you luck out and get accepted to grad school. exercise. It's also a good example of how an English noun can become useful in a verb phrase. about yourself that you are bragging. Imagine a man and woman dancing. and take supplements. These areas protrude and make the waist area and abdomen larger. Example #2: I hardly ever gamble. Example #2: In our body conscious society. but you may luck out and get safely home without having to stop at a garage. and it emphasizes the random quality of luck. Luck Out The idiom to luck out means to be lucky and fortunate. an investment. but not all love handles are the same. people think of obesity as dangerous and unhealthy. Example #4: The only reason she didn't get deported as an illegal immigrant was that she lucked out and married an American. I'm going to be very jealous. but proud of you too. Example #3: The land he inherited is so valuable that he will make a killing if he ever decides to sell it. Make A Killing Someone who makes a killing has found a way to make a lot of money all at once. Example #3: As an older woman dating. I was embarrassed by my body until I met a man who said he loved to dance with me because I had nice love handles. he was able to make a killing on the sale of his stocks.

or you won't be able to get a temporary license. as in to make the mistake. insignificant thing seem more important than it really is. because just making a living is insufficient. Example #4: Don't make too many mistakes on the driving exam. with at least the basic needs. It can imply that what seems like enough money is not really enough. and then selling it at a loss. Example #2: Bad communication is a problem even for native speakers of a language. Example #3: Why are you making a mountain out of a molehill? You know that she and I are only friends. and he now has a written reprimand in his file. and it often causes people to make a mountain out of a molehill. so sometimes she makes a mountain out of a molehill.” The word can also be plural. have food and shelter. unless you exaggerate and make up things that aren't true. as in “mistakes. you will have to be ready to spend a lot of your time working. Example #3: To really make a living being self-employed. I can't make a living selling these machines. . and provide your family. in the wrong way. Make A Mountain Out Of A Molehill This a colorful expression. but that's not enough for me – I want to earn more money. you do something in error. Example #2: With only a few sales leads a day. The idiom means to make a small. Example #4: This job lets me make a living. Make A Mistake If you make a mistake. Example #2: John made the mistake of not telling his boss he was leaving work early. The idiom can be used with “the” as well. Example #1: She is overly sensitive to what people say to her. it just needs new tires. and a good example of alliteration in English (3 words beginning with the letter M). if you have one. A small pile of earth made by a mole cannot be compared to a tall mountain. Example #4: Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill here – the car doesn't need replacing. Example #1: John complained to his boss that he was barely making a living at his current salary.Make A Living To make a living is to be earning sufficient money to pay your bills.” Example #1: Sheila made a mistake by telling her investors that the company was in good condition. incorrectly. Example #3: I made so many mistakes on my aptitude test that I will never be accepted into a good college. followed by a phrase with “of.

and it embarrassed him. Names can be unknown or well known. with no built-in indication of whether it is for good or bad. famous for good things or famous for evil. you will see men and women making passes at each other in a variety of ways.Make A Name For Oneself All over the world. Example #4: At the party. and she reported him to the boss for sexual harassment. compassionate. Example #3: Many movies include a scene where a man is making a pass at a woman. Example #1: John made a pass at the new secretary. then you make a point of being considerate. and you act with a purpose. he made a pass at me and I was flattered – I thought he didn't even notice me. This idiom means to become famous. then a conscious effort is being made. and sometimes discomfort that goes along with such an approach. Make A Pass At Someone To make a pass at someone is to let a person know that you are interested in him or her romantically – and that you would like to have sex with the person. Example #2: The best way to get an appointment with your professor is to make a point of talking with him right after class. Example #1: Many criminals and outlaws do what they do just to make a name for themselves. If you intend and plan. Example #4: If you love someone. Example #1: She finally had to make a point of telling him that his drinking was becoming a problem for her. Example #3: You could make a name for yourself in this business if you sold enough cars. It can be a good thing or a bad thing. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . The idiom implies truthfulness and honesty. he shunned the family fortune and started a career as an unknown. and forgiving. Make a Point Of The idiom to make a point of means to purposefully do something. and the plot depends on what happens next. Example #2: Wanting to make a name for himself. Example #4: Almost anyone who runs for public office wants to make a name for themselves – that's the way politics works. and that he had to stop. a person's name is very important. Example #3: John's boss made a point of reprimanding him in front of the whole office. depending on the situation and the people involved. Example #2: If you go to a singles bar.

but I guess it was only make believe. they often play a game in which they pretend to be someone else or create a fantasy world. Example #2: If we make a run for it and cross the border. Example #1: I was driving near my house when a squirrel jumped from a tree and made a run for it across the road – I narrowly missed hitting it. they still managed to make away with over 10 million dollars. Example #4: I like make believe as much as anyone. Example #2: Sometimes when people make believe in something. but video games are nothing like reality when it comes to warfare and violence. Example #4: The bank robbers decided to make a run for it. but the posse was right behind them and they were apprehended. Example #3: Why don't we make believe that this never happened. then the high stress atmosphere of Wall Street might be worth it. . Example #1: I really thought we were meant to be together for a lifetime. Make Believe When children play. the citizens realized that the soldiers had made away with priceless works of art and artifacts. Make Away With The idiom to make away with means to take along something or to leave with something. we could be safely in Arizona by morning. The idiom make believe (used as a verb or noun phrase) means the process of pretending or trying to believe that something is real when it isn't. but to make away with is used for referring to the results or spoils of a crime or campaign.Make a Run For It The idiom to make a run for it means to move quickly under dangerous or challenging circumstances. The idiom to get away with is similar. which known as playing make believe. and we'll just continue our separate lives. I'd risk all of my savings on the stock market. Example #2: After the army passed through Paris. It can be used to talk about people or animals. Example #3: I get so impatient waiting for the red traffic light to change that I feel like making a run for it – but I don't because I'm a good driver. Example #4: If I was sure I could make away with enough money to retire. Example #1: Although the bank robbers were forced to leave the bank before they were finished. Example #3: If you make away with your health and a good retirement plan. they learn valuable information through the process of pretending.

or not. To make up a face cosmetically is to put it in shape for an occasion. we don't have to worry anymore about making ends meet. Example #3: I had to start working an extra job so we could make ends meet. Make Up Your Mind The idiom to make up your mind means to finally and conclusively decide. you make a substitution of some kind. Example #4: After winning the lottery.Make Do With If you make do with something. then you are able to make ends meet. Example #2: Did you ever have to make up your mind. you can usually make do with spaghetti when the recipe calls for linguine. and the meaning carries over in this case. Make Ends Meet CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you don't have enough rope to completely go around a tree. Example #1: When I was growing up in a household of 6 children. I can get started cooking it. Example #2: My wife said she could make do with the clothes she had instead of buying the latest fashions. Example #2: After we had a child and she had to quit working. Example #3: If you are making a pasta dish. If you barely have enough rope. but we were happy. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: If you will make up your mind about what to have for dinner. we often had to make do with small meals and old clothes. and he said he had already made a decision. Example #4: I really want to make do with my salary so I have more time at home – a different job would mean more hours at work. and we were able to save a little money too. we found it very difficult to make ends meet like we used to do. something that benefits someone. or you live on less money or use less of something. you can't make ends meet. to finally decide what you were going to do with your life? Example #3: I told my son he would have to make up his mind soon between college and the military. Example #1: When my wife and I first were married. Example #1: You're going to have to make up your mind between him and me – you can't keep dating two men at the same time. The idiom has the connotation of a positive action. we were making ends meet because we both had jobs. The idiom means to earn just enough income to survive.

barking and running around – apparently she can sense the change in the weather coming. he might write a few words on the cuff to help him remember what he wanted to say. Off The Cuff The idiom off the cuff comes from an era when men wore large starched cuffs on their dress shirts. my dog goes a little nuts. When computers started being used for statistical analysis. and I started out to be an accountant too. we had to hire a number cruncher to help us invest the money correctly. In a kind of twist on the original phrase. or behaving in a crazy manner. Example #3: Some guy went nuts on campus last week and started shooting at students. Example #2: The supercomputer at the University of Illinois was one of the first big number crunchers back in the 1980s. he went nuts – I thought he was going to have a heart attack the way he was acting! Example #2: Bob went nuts at the party last night and embarrassed himself – he must have had too much to drink. it has come to mean doing something without forethought or planning. in need of psychiatric intervention. Fortunately he didn't hurt anyone. Accountants are sometimes seen the same way. Example #1: Because the sales award was a surprise to him. Example #1: Because the annual report is due on Monday. Example #4: After winning the lottery. but can be used as a serious expression. . It is usually applied to people in a humorous way. Example #2: I rarely speak in public. they were seen as machines that ate up the data and spit it out.Number Cruncher CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom number cruncher is a person or machine that performs numerical calculations. but when I do I like to be prepared – no off the cuff rambling for me! Example #3: The minister's sermon almost seemed off the cuff – I wonder if he had not thought about what he was going to say. the number crunchers down in the accounting department are working all weekend. Example #1: After he found out that he and his wife had won the lottery. in an impromptu way. Example #4: Some of the best comic performances in history have been completely off the cuff. Nuts CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom nuts is insane. It can also be said about animals. Example #3: My wife is a number cruncher. John had to make his acceptance speech off the cuff. Example #4: Sometimes before a thunderstorm. but I didn't like working with numbers all day long. If a businessman had to give a speech or make a toast. with an emphasis on speed and volume.

If you are talking about a telephone. so he was off the hook for the disaster. If something is said to be off the record. Example #4: You will know you have really learned English when you can explain the meaning of any idiom off the top of your head. the idiom means that the circuit is open and no one can call the number. it is said in a way so that no recording of any kind is done. Example #3: John is going to memorize the sales figures so that he can produce them off the top of his head. Example #3: Sheila's phone must be off the hook – I've been getting a busy signal for the last 2 hours. His boss will be very impressed. Example #1: My teacher asked me if I knew the famous poem. But it implies that your memory is good and functions quickly in a situation when it is needed. Example #1: According to John. Example #2: This is off the record so don't say anything. Off The Top Of One's Head If you remember something off the top of your head. not an outside reference like a dictionary. but he broke the agreement and published the news anyway. Example #1: Sheila told the reporter off the record that she was selling the company. and I recited it off the top of my head. but reasonably so. Off The Record A transcription of a meeting or a conversation can be done with notes written down. Example #4: He didn't pay any taxes on the profit he made. The idiom also can mean that you are not absolutely certain about a fact. a tape recording. Example #3: If you promise to keep our conversation off the record. I would say that I own more than 500 movies on DVD. Example #2: John's boss disagreed and told him that he was not off the hook yet – he might be indirectly to blame for the failure. it means that he or she is not responsible or to blame for something. If you are referring to a person. depending on the context of use. Example #4: He is off the hook for the bank robbery – his alibi that he was at the church meeting has been confirmed. and complete privacy and discretion is expected. I'll give you a private interview. because he was able to keep the whole transaction off the record. or just by having a good memory. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) . but I know that John is looking for another job because he told me so. it simply means that you are accessing your memory. She was very impressed. it was not his fault that the advertising campaign was a failure.Off The Hook This idiom has 2 completely separate and distinct meanings. Example #2: Just off the top of my head.

you start drinking alcohol after stopping for an unspecified time period. Example #2: My wife plans to go on a diet before our son's wedding so that she can fit into her favorite dress again. and he decided to look for a more challenging position somewhere else. and you need something new or different. then back on. Example #3: A favorite plot device in many movies is to follow the path of the main character who goes off the wagon. Generally. for example . drink a lot of fruit juice and you'll be fine. and this colorful expression conveys the difficulties of quitting the consumption of alcohol. and what happens in between. Old Hat If something has become old hat.than to weigh less. unless the speaker gives another reason. so a change might be necessary. Example #1: I asked Jeannie if she had been on a diet.>>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< Off The Wagon If you fall off the wagon. sometimes with disastrous results. Example #4: All the health experts say that the best way to lose weight and be healthy is not to go on a diet. . Example #4: If you go to a party and you don't want to fall off the wagon. Example #3: If you feel like your relationship is getting to be old hat. but he fell off the wagon at the Christmas party. his job had become old hat. A wagon is something that you are either on or off. so I'm now on a diet. the simple things become old hat and you have to move up to the next level. she means that she wants to weigh less and is trying to look thinner. to be on a diet does not mean to be eating differently for any other purpose – medical or health. Example #3: My doctor told me I need to lose weight. The opposite of this expression is an idiom too – to be on the wagon. so I tried to go a different way each day. than you need to make an effort to make it fresh and new again. The idiom strongly implies that what was once a good thing has become undesirable and difficult to continue with. and now he is drinking regularly again. it has become a bore or a habit. On a Diet If your friend tells you that she is on a diet. Example #1: John made an attempt to quit drinking. and I want to feel better about myself. but to eat sensibly and exercise regularly. Example #2: Once you learn the basics. Example #2: If you go to a singles bar. Example #1: For John. you will see men and women who are constantly falling off the wagon. Example #4: Taking the same route to work every day quickly got to be old hat. because she looked about 2 sizes smaller than the last time I saw her.

people. Example #2: We agreed that we would have to live on a shoestring for a few years to achieve our goals. In any case. but it does the job it was intended for. joyful. Example #3: We have been engaged for two years now. Example #3: Sheila started her company on a shoestring. Example #4: Why would anyone want to live on a shoestring? One reason is to have time for the more important things in life. and the mechanic can't find the problem because it is so on and off. Example #4: Meditation is an ancient method of putting yourself on cloud nine without drugs or alcohol. On Cloud Nine CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom on cloud nine means extremely happy. we lived on a shoestring. On and Off The idiom on and off means at different times. and built it gradually to where it is today. it refers to a heavenly place. and a heavenly state of being. It can be used in the form off and on with no change in meaning. Example #4: Her desire for cosmetic surgery is surprisingly on and off. since the more popular saying was cloud seven until the latter half of the 20th century. A shoestring is usually thin and not very substantial. the next day he's taking a year vacation before college. but we came back to earth when the tax bill arrived. Example #2: When my wife and I first met. because she doesn't always see the need for it. it seemed like we were on cloud nine together every day. blissful and happy. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) .On a Shoestring The idiom on a shoestring means with a small amount of money. Example #1: When I was growing up in a household of 6 children. but we were happy. Example #1: John was on cloud nine after the boss gave him a glowing performance evaluation and a pay raise at the same time. Example #1: My car has been in the repair shop now several times. but the wedding plans are always off and on – we just don't have time to get married right now. and things. The origin of the phrase is somewhat mysterious. and satisfied. in an intermittent way. Example #3: We were on cloud nine for a while after inheriting a million dollars. Example #2: His plans for going to college are very on and off – one day he says he plans to go to Stanford. It can be applied to many different situations.

Example #3: When the couple ordered a special dish made with sea scallops. which is a good thing. it can put you on edge. Example #1: For hours on end we struggled up the mountainside. Example #1: We now have over 100 varieties of imported incense on hand in the store. Example #1: After the shootings at the college. I can read through and sign them right here and now.>>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< On Edge The idiom on edge is a descriptive phrase which means a person or an animal is in a nervous state. Example #2: If you have the adoption papers on hand. I was happy that we had them on hand. everyone in the city was on edge. On End The idiom on end means with no break. On Hand CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom on hand is available and obtainable. Example #4: We worked on that project for weeks on end. anxious and irritable. and finally reached the top at sunset. . the phrase means almost without end – but not for eternity. and be careful not to confuse it with having an edge. Used with a time word. Example #2: After I got seasick. we can make a spicy hot chocolate just like my Grandma Vandervoss used to make. Example #2: If you drink too much coffee during the day. Example #3: I think you're on edge because you're trying to quit smoking. and it might affect your sleep. whether for a price or free. Example #4: If you have some cinnamon sticks on hand. but it was really only 2 weeks. It is generally a negative condition to be in. and that's a natural result. Example #4: If you're really on edge about the operation. it seemed that the cruise went on for days and days on end. Example #3: We were so compatible and so interested in each other that we talked for hours on end until the morning light. then you are placing them on end. in a continuous way. If you lay dominoes on a table end to end so they form a line. and fresh too. make your heart beat too fast. more than we have ever stocked in the past. coming from the use of the hand to give or pass something to someone else. your doctor can give you a tranquilizer to calm you down. and for good reason – the shooter was still free. It is a physically derived phrase. and just before the holidays we finished it.

Example #2: In the casinos of Las Vegas. Example #2: Usually when I attend a rock concert. I enjoy being packed in like sardines – it makes the experience more intense and exciting when there's a big crowd. it is near the end of its usefulness. On The House CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom on the house is at no cost. so we're going to have to make a decision – have it repaired or get a new one. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< .On Its Last Legs If something or someone is on its last legs. It came to be used in other similar situations. all of you are packed in like sardines. appointed time. Example #1: The waiter told us that our dinner would be on the house because the chef had overcooked our steaks. who near the end of their lives can't stand on their legs. make sure you stay close to the main exit in case of an emergency. and she knew that this was the last chance for her ideas to be accepted. Example #4: I am not on my last legs here – I am doing the work of 2 people and still making the business successful. but it is very inexpensive to drive so the discomfort is worth it. The origin is in farming and the care of domesticated animals. Example #1: On the subway ride home yesterday we were packed in like sardines. and we were grateful. but no more – now you have to pay for everything and still lose money. Example #1: This car is really on its last legs. The idiom means to be in a crowded space. and I started feeling claustrophobic. Example #4: My family of 4 is packed in like sardines in our little electric car. Example #3: When you play an instrument in a band. so I finally was forced to go out and buy a new laptop. the drinks are usually on the house as part of your payment for performing in a nightclub. but it could also come from the idea of any eating or drinking place. the food and drink used to be on the house. and comes from the way that sardines (small cured fish) are tightly packed and sealed in their tin cans. and abundant. Example #3: She was actually on her last legs with this proposal. Example #4: I just won the lottery and I'm now a millionaire – drinks are on the house for everyone! Packed In Like Sardines CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you are on a public transport bus and there are too many people. Example #2: My computer was on its last legs. Example #3: If you are ever in a nightclub and you're packed in like sardines. paid for by the management or another person. or life. In the case of this idiom's origin the house was probably a gambling establishment.

Example #1: Judy made some bad decisions at a young age. but they were found to be fakes by the pawn shop owner. because I'm learning English quickly. If a dream or a plan of action changes from fantasy to reality and becomes true fact. and it is worth nothing. Pan Out If you ever go panning for gold. so that he can get a refund where he bought it. .Paint Oneself Into A Corner If you are painting a floor in a room. It means that you have caused a situation for yourself in which you have no alternative. and she painted herself into a corner in life that was hard to get out of. Example #4: She will paint herself into a corner if she continues getting fired from jobs. Example #3: Our hopes of getting married and moving away haven't panned out yet. so he went back to work for his old boss. and you don't leave yourself a way to avoid stepping on wet paint to get out. The idea is that this is something to avoid in the future. but we're still working on it. Example #1: My dream of owning a yacht finally panned out – my boat is docked down by the bay. something that is definitely not respectable. Example #3: Unfortunately. and the result will not be good. Real gold in small pieces called nuggets appear in a special tool called a pan. you may see the origin of this idiom. Example #2: I think my plan to go to college in the US will pan out. Example #1: The diamond thief tried to palm off the gems. Example #3: Trying to palm off a used car like that is really disreputable – it was in an accident and isn't safe to drive. that's what happened. but when I insulted my thesis adviser. Example #2: John wants to palm off the television as new that he has used for 3 months. acceptable or honest in general terms in society. Example #4: Don't palm that DVD off on me – I can tell it's a bootleg. Example #2: I didn't intend to paint myself into a corner. Palm Off The meaning of this idiom is to misrepresent something or someone. and they are said to pan out. Example #4: John's new job didn't pan out the way he expected. or something contractual is happening. then you have the basic idea of this idiom. then it is panning out. a sale. John's argument with the boss painted him into a corner – he had to quit. to be dishonest in a situation where an exchange. It has a connotation of being lower class behavior.

and it is getting to be par for the course. John felt that it was par for the course – it had happened before. if I get too hot and can't cool down. so I will study much harder for the next one. Pass Away The idiom to pass away has a very simple meaning – it means to die. then you have passed out. and I want to improve. where par is the number of allowed strokes on a certain golf course. drug abuse. Example #4: I felt alright until we went to John’s apartment. more polite way to talk about what can be an unpleasant topic. Example #4: The truth is that we will all pass away someday. then you need a new approach – make some changes. there are many places in the world where passing out from drinking too much is a sign of manliness and virility – and not stupidity. It comes from the game of golf (as does the idiom up to par). Example #3: Since I was a child. but sometimes pet owners will use it in talking about deceased pets. Example #2: Believe it or not. Example #3: If you feel like everything that happens in your relationship is par for the course. I pass out. chronic disease. Example #4: My score on the exam was the same old par for the course.Par For the Course The idiom par for the course means in an expected way. Pass Out The idiom to pass out means to lose consciousness. then I started feeling sick and I passed out on his couch. It is one of many idioms in English that work as euphemisms – in this case it's a softer. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #1: I can't believe it – my friend’s mother passed away at the age of 35 from breast cancer. Example #1: Right before she passed out from the excessive heat. Example #2: He insulted me last night when we were out with our friends. or simply intolerable environmental conditions like heat or stuffiness. she told me her address so I could get her home. according to expectations. but I still miss her. It is generally used only for people. drunkenness. Example #2: How long has it been since your parents passed away? Example #3: I cry every time I remember Fifi. Example #1: When John's boss told him to do the whole project again. my cat – she passed away more than 20 years ago. and the best thing to do is to accept it and live your life. If you faint. The cause might be illness.

Example #2: If you manage to pass the buck. Example #1: John always tries to pass the buck when he makes an error. Sometimes the expression means faint or insufficient praise. As an idiom. A buck knife was passed to the next dealer so there was no question who was responsible for the cards.Pass the Buck To pass the buck means to move the responsibility from one person to another. because our children are depending on having parents and a home. it also means to repair. Example #1: We really need to patch things up between us. and I gave her a kiss in return. Example #3: President Roosevelt had a sign on his desk saying the buck stops here – there was no where else to pass the buck. The idiom comes not from the slang word for money (buck). Example #4: Don't even think about passing the buck – I know you were driving when the accident happened. but can also be applied to nonmechanical things like hearts and relationships. Example #3: John was hoping to patch up his relationship with the boss. but we still have a long way to go with it. Example #1: John felt like the boss only gave him a pat on the back when he was expecting a raise and a promotion. Example #2: My wife gave me a hearty pat on the back for finally finishing the garage clean-up project. but it might still be in need of a new hard drive. so why don't we try it? . Example #2: I can patch up the computer with some special software. Example #3: Please don't just give him a pat on the back for doing this – he deserves much more than that. but he realized it had to go both ways. Pat On The Back The meaning of the idiom a pat on the back is to give praise to someone. Patch Up The verb phrase to patch up is used in a literal sense to mean to put patches on something like a tire to make it usable. but he boss knows what is happening. sometimes the opposite – it all depends on the context. just be careful – someday someone will pass it back to you. but from an old practice in the game of poker. Example #4: Our team got a pat on the back at the meeting for finishing the design. Example #4: True friends should be able to patch up their friendship after having an argument.

Example #4: The new company CEO plans to pay off the start-up loan before the end of the quarter. and when the boss asked him a question he was shocked. make eye contact. Example #2: If you want to learn the most effectively. Example #3: Maybe I should ask my bank what the pay off on my car loan is right now. and then borrow that amount from my rich aunt. but I just do not have the money right now. Example #1: After paying double payments for years. Pay Off(1) To pay off is a good example of one idiomatic expression with multiple meanings – in this case 3 different definitions. then you have to teach yourself to pay attention in class. then you have paid everything including the interest. If someone asks you to pay attention then you are expected to be quiet on the inside and the outside. profitable. but he can't seem to pay attention – he thinks I'm boring. to be aware. Pay Off(2) To pay off is a good example of one idiomatic expression with multiple meanings – in this case at least 3 different definitions.Pay Attention The idiom to pay attention means to concentrate. you should carefully consider if it will pay off in the future. and you are no longer in debt. The noun form for this meaning refers to the amount needed to do this. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . One meaning of pay off is related to having a loan that money is owed on. Example #4: Eastern philosophers have said that the key to living a fuller. Example #1: Every morning I try to talk to my son about world events. Example #3: I'm sure that her new and expensive electric car will pay off after a few years of driving. and be careful about non-verbal language. Example #3: John hadn't been paying attention while the boss was talking. or advantageous in some way. Example #1: Sheila's investments in the foreign currency exchange market really paid off – she is now a millionaire. more satisfying life is to pay attention to everything. One meaning of pay off is to be successful. Example #2: Before you make a commitment to graduate school. to listen. and to focus. I finally paid off my home mortgage – the house is now all mine! Example #2: I would love to pay off the loan on my car. Example #4: Learning English fluently will pay off in so many ways in your life that you can't even imagine right now. If you pay off the loan.

and also to describe a tight but comfortable spatial arrangement. Example #2: Back in the early days of popular music. but you have to be careful about who you invest your money with. which leads to the idiom peas in a pod. Example #4: My slice of the action in the land deal did not pay off – I lost everything I invested. independent. and free to be me. I'll give you some tips for the next time you bet on the horses. a particular stock or portfolio of investments. Example #2: If you let me have a piece of the action in this housing development.Pay Off(3) To pay off is a good example of one idiomatic expression with multiple meanings – in this case at least 3 different definitions. you are asking to invest in something that you think will be profitable. It is used to compare 2 or more people or animals that are the same in some way. One meaning of pay off is to be offer money. we had to pay off the guard before he would even look at our passports. Piece Of Action / Slice If The Action CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you want a piece of the action. Example #1: John placed his bet in the football pool and hoped that his piece of the action would pay off in a big win. Example #2: I grew up in a small house with 6 siblings – we were always like peas in a pod when we were children. They also all look identical. Example #4: Did you pay off the hostess? She gave us the best table in the entire restaurant! Peas In Pod CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION Green peas grow inside a natural container called a pod – it's long and the peas are snugly placed inside. All of these represent the action. record companies had to pay off radio stations to play the latest records – this was called payola. Example #1: John and his boss are actually like two peas in a pod – they have similar personalities and likes and dislikes. Example #3: A new company just starting up is an opportunity to get a slice of the action. Example #1: At the border crossing. usually called a bribe. Example #4: I don't want to be like peas in a pod with someone – I want to be a nonconformist. Piece of Cake . The idiom can refer to a gambling situation. or a real estate opportunity. Example #3: In many countries it is common practice to pay off the police so that you don't have to pay a fine. Example #3: Maybe you think you are too different from me to have a relationship. but I think we're like two peas in a pod. services or gifts to someone in a position of power for a favor in return. and having a piece or slice means risking your money on it.

and smarter. easily done. it was raining cats and dogs. don't rack your brain about it. Example #1: I racked my brain thinking about how to solve our money problems. and the results may vary from good to bad. Example #4: Don't tell me the medical exam will be a piece of cake – I've had one before and it was definitely not easy. then the TOEFL will be a piece of cake for you. but were unsuccessful. pie) as a luxury item appears in several other idioms. and all I could come up with was getting a second job. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< Raise a Fuss . Example #3: This game is going to be a piece of cake – our team is better. The origin of the expression is probably from the middle ages when heavy rains would wash dead animals along the gutters of the mud streets. Example #2: Well. Example #1: When I drove to work this morning. Example #1: John thought the assignment was a piece of cake and finished it quickly. The idea of cake (and its companion dessert. Example #2: If you can practice English in all forms with a native speaker. Example #3: We sat in the conference room for hours racking our brains for ideas on saving the company. Rack One's Brain The idiom to rack one's brain means to put a large effort into thinking about something. easier than previously thought. Rain Cats And Dogs The meaning of the idiom to rain cats and dogs is simply that the rain is falling down heavily. when the rack was a device used for torture. so bad that the freeway was backed up for miles. because the whole situation could change tomorrow. and yet amusing at the same time. Example #3: If it rains cats and dogs. Example #2: Don't forget to grab a couple of umbrellas for our walk – it's raining cats and dogs tonight. to expend much energy in thought. If you rack your brain. Example #4: The pilot and the co-pilot racked their brains. but then his boss told him that he had done it incorrectly. but in this one it has to do with ease. does the sun shine birds and hamsters? Example #4: Raining cats and dogs is one of those silly English expressions that makes learning the language so difficult. you are torturing yourself mentally. and we'll win easily. Its origins are from the Inquisition.CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the descriptive idiom piece of cake is simple. and finally decided on a solution to the engine problem – they would land the plane at the nearest airport. faster. It is of recent origin in English literature.

but I am able to earn enough to live on for me and my family. So piles of money are being collected when this idiom is used. I have no concerns. Judy's teenage behavior raised some eyebrows in the small community.The idiom to raise a fuss means to cause problems by complaining. you have to take a chance on risky investments. Example #4: As for the raising of eyebrows at my actions. or being noisy. Body language is the same whether you speak English or Swahili. just give him a bottle of formula and he'll go back to sleep. Example #2: John's boss hopes that after the new advertising campaign designed by John. she. disorderly or insulting. Example #1: As the daughter of a minister. Rake In The Money If someone or something (like a product or process) rakes in the money. of course. and the idiom means the same thing without the actual physical expression. but it might be just between two people. or it is bringing in lots of profit in cash or other forms of earnings. literally a tool used to collect and gather small things into a larger pile. and this idiom is a great example. but it was not cooked correctly and I thought the waiter should know. It usually happens in a public place. Example #4: As the police took the burglar away in handcuffs. Example #4: I don't rake in the money. Example #1: I really didn't mean to raise a fuss about the steak. Example #3: Whether her choice to live with him will raise eyebrows or not. she is determined to do it. but it was something I had to do. Example #2: If the baby raises a fuss tonight after we are gone. Example #1: Sheila's new invention is raking in the money – she can't make enough of them for the market. Example #2: My announcement raised eyebrows all around. behaving badly. Ream Someone Out . Example #3: If you really want to rake in the money. Example #3: John's boss apparently raised a fuss when he read the proposal for the new campaign – he didn't like it and told everyone so. we express ourselves in similar ways. A rake is. he. the company will be raking in the money. he raised a fuss and threatened to sue them for brutality. Raise Eyebrows As human beings. no matter what part of the globe we are from. The act of raising the eyebrows means that you are surprised or shocked. It has a connotation of disapproval as well.

Example #3: If he tries to rip you off with that offer. Example #4: John's boss really gave him a rough time about his quality of work. a dishonest sale. Rough Time The idiom rough time means the same as hard time – it refers to difficult circumstances. then he drove away fast. If you lose your job. give me a call. a subterfuge. and is considered to be slightly off-color. you might have a rough time until you find a new one. Example #2: The entire recruiting process for the job is a rip off – they will not fulfill their promises. and his boss decided to ream him out in front of the whole office. Example #2: Miss Smith was very grouchy today – she reamed me out in class for not having my assignment finished. Rip Off This idiom has 2 forms but the meaning of each is related to the other. Example #2: She called me last night because she was having a rough time getting over the breakup with her boyfriend. The idiom is generally used only in informal situations and conversation. because it started sputtering and smoking. The verb form means to make a person the subject of the same – a disreputable and dishonest exchange or relationship. Example #1: Rafter I got home from the used car lot. Example #1: This last few years has been a rough time for the economy in the US – and for all of us who have to live with it. and you will work for nothing. teacher. Example #1: John really made a lot of errors in the report. Anything or anyone in life that causes problems and difficulties can cause you to experience a rough time. The noun form means that something is a bad deal. I knew the car was a rip off. It is also used to describe an argument or altercation. then you are being reamed out. just say no and leave. Example #3: If you ever feel like you are experiencing a rough time and you need to talk to someone. and John was quite upset. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . possibly in a loud voice. Example #4: The tax collectors will rip you off every time if you are not vigilant. Example #4: That was very embarrassing – that guy reamed me out for stealing his parking place. Example #3: One of the jobs of a sergeant in the Army is to ream out the privates every time he can.If your boss. or any authority figure reprimands you.

Example #2: I wanted to get to the top of the mountain on our hike. but I ran out of gas about halfway up. if you run short of tickets for the play. Example #2: By the way. oversight. because of negligence. and sometimes power is enough. It implies a permanent stop.Run Out Of Gas If a car runs out of gas. The idiom run out of gas can be applied to a person. Run the Show The idiom to run the show means to be in control. Example #4: The one who runs the show has the power. please come back to the office to get more to sell. Example #2: If you want to know who really runs the show in the family. or an invisible. Run Short The meaning of the idiom to run short is to have an insufficient amount or quantity of something. and the boss really has to push him along. and we returned to the camp. and means that he or she has used up all of his or her stored energy and cannot move forward with a plan or course of action. follow the checkbook to see who controls it. Example #4: John always seems to run out of gas right before the end of a project. Example #3: Don't start something if you think you can't finish it – running out of gas shouldn't be an option. and he does this by causing problems for John. Example #1: The new restaurant served so many customers last night that they ran short of food – they had to close early. Example #4: Do you mind paying for lunch and then I can pay you back later? I'm running short on cash today. Example #3: The boss knew it was John's fault that the office had run short on copy paper. the fuel tank is empty and it will not move. something that will not be restarted. Example #1: John's boss likes to let everyone know that he runs the show. because it was his job to order it regularly. . Running the show can be visible. but I know it's my wife who's really in charge. Example #3: I like to make everyone think that I run the show around here. Example #1: My plan to get rich quick ran out of gas when I lost all of my savings in the stock market. or other reasons. This usually is understood to happen unexpectedly. to be the one that makes decisions. behind the scenes process.

Example #2: My aunt made a lot of money in the stock market when she was younger. Example #1: After making errors solving the differential equation. the professor tried to save face by saying it was an intentional teaching method. leave quickly. and to salt away means to put money in savings. but it can be used in similar situations. either physically or mentally. Example #2: The dictator would do anything to save face. It is often used in reference to leaders who have to maintain power even while making mistakes. In ancient times. and save face. Example #4: Many parents think it is their duty to salt away some money for college for their children. Example #4: Even though it was cold. and she salted away enough to buy a good used car in a few months. and windy outside. but building character is. Example #3: Officer. so we didn't punish him for being out too late. but the bus driver looked a little pale. wherever it comes from. including blaming one of his sons for the food shortages in the country. Example #1: We were very happy and relieved that our teenager was safe and sound after the auto accident. To be safe is to be out of danger. Example #1: She was very careful not to spend too much money. and to be sound is to be uninjured and unharmed. salt was very valuable and was used to pay soldiers in the Roman army. Save Face The idiom to save face means to preserve one's reputation and public image. but there are too many things I want to buy right now. It's bad enough that we didn't get the money. with alliteration (the “s” sound). they were safe and sound in the cozy little rented log cabin. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Our modern word “salary” comes from the Latin word for salt. snowing. Example #4: Let's drop this whole thing. I just need to know if my kids are safe and sound after the school bus accident. but everyone in the bank saw our faces in the robbery attempt. Example #3: It's important to learn that saving face is not essential. and salted it away for the future. Example #2: Everyone was safe and sound after the emergency stop. Salt Away The idiom to salt away has an interesting origin and meaning. Example #3: My wife thinks we should salt away at least a portion of my paycheck every month.Safe And Sound The idiom safe and sound is a good example of a redundant expression – it says a similar thing twice.

Example #4: Save your breath. Example #3: Your father won't consent to our marriage anyway. to refuse to discuss a topic. Example #2: My wife and I never see eye to eye on new movies – she wants to see the small independent films. when their positions on the issues started to diverge. . Example #4: So. please – I already know that you lost your job today because your secretary called for you and told me what happened. then let's at least agree to disagree and not make matters worse. and to continue being successful at it. Example #1: These new computers should sell like hotcakes – where else can you get a good laptop for $200? Example #2: We were able to completely clean out our production run of widgets – they sold like hotcakes in a matter of days. but John wasn't very confident in his work. they are looking at each other at about the same level. and making eye contact. Example #1: I told her to save her breath – I didn't trust her anymore and I didn't believe her stories either. so you might as well save your breath and forget about him. See Eye to Eye The idiom to see eye to eye means to be in agreement with someone. Example #4: I'm an experienced car salesman and I'm telling you these electric powered cars will sell like hotcakes in Europe. They were easy to sell and people loved them. Example #3: The senator and the president saw eye to eye until the last election. Example #3: John's boss was hopeful that the new advertising campaign would make their client's products sell like hotcakes. Example #1: If we can't see eye to eye.Save One's Breath The idiom to save one's breath means to keep quiet. right? Sell Like Hot Cakes CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to sell like hotcakes means to sell a large quantity of something. and sometimes anger. The origin of the phrase is the popularity of hotcakes (also known as pancakes) in the US at public gatherings such as fairs and festivals. Example #2: John's boss told him to save his breath. It has a connotation of annoyance. to refrain from talking. if two people are literally eye to eye. Physically. do we see eye to eye on this decision? We're having Chinese carry out for dinner. because the proposal was useless anyway and there was no need to explain it. despair. and I like the big hits. but not in America – here everyone wants a powerful car.

but it is often used as a motivator to underachievers to work harder or to move on so someone else can do the job. and he was angry about it for the remainder of the day. Example #1: Sheila had to shell out over $50. Example #2: You may have to shell out some cash for a new clothes washer – it looks like this one is not working right. he looked at me and said. a proposal. Example #4: My wife and I are having a difficult time communicating – I feel that she shoots down every suggestion I make. Example #4: The basic principal is that if you want to make money in the stock market. so I started working harder. It means that you either need to change to meet the needs of the organization (the company. This one is a good example. Example #3: John wanted to shell out some money for the office football pool.000 for her new Mercedes. Example #4: When I told my teenager that he needed to shape up or ship out. Example #1: My boss told me I had to shape up or ship out.Shape Up Or Ship Out Many of the most common American idioms originate from the military. The idiom has overtones of annoyance and of wasted effort. Long ago before currency was used. In other words. Example #2: When she told him he had to shape up or ship out. Example #3: She can shoot down a great proposal faster than anyone I know – and she seems to enjoy doing it. Shoot Down To shoot down an idea. but it got shot down because they are boring people. but her company is very successful so it was not a problem for her. but not always. Example #1: The boss shot down John's suggestion in the meeting. Maybe this idiom seems rather harsh. So to shell out means to make a payment in money for something – to buy it in other words. in a public forum such as a meeting. but he was out of cash for the moment. so I told her that she had to shape up or ship out. he knew that he had to make some changes in his attitude. “What are you talking about? Shell Out The meaning of this idiom comes from an ancient practice. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . or a suggestion is to reject it. you have to shell it out. Example #3: As her supervisor I was tired of her performance. Example #2: I presented my idea for a party at the book club meeting. usually) or stop wasting their time and yours and quit. This disagreement is usually. seashells were valuable and were used in trade. a plan. coming from a Navy background. do what needs to be done or get out of here.

then you may be able to bring a successful harassment suit against the management. It is expected to be a temporary situation. Single Out CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to single out is to place unnecessary or unfair attention or emphasis on something or someone. So. so she could not pay her employees what they were owed. Example #3: I placed a bet on the second horse in the second race. to be short on funds is to not have enough money at a particular point in time. but the idiom is used with the connotation of the process being unjustified and a mistake. Slim To None The idiom slim to none refers to the idea that there is little or no chance or probability of something happening. Example #2: If you feel singled out and mistreated at work. If you have several apples and you choose one.Short On Funds A fund is an amount of money. but I can only learn by trying harder. Example #4: The probability of me making a profit in the stock market right now are slim to none. to not have enough of something. Example #1: I was unfairly singled out in the police lineup because I am very tall – I didn't commit the crime I was accused of. based on the idea of randomness and likelihood.Lucifer. you have singled it out because single means one. The idea of probability is always inherent in this idiom. Example #3: Sometimes my English teacher singles me out because I always make mistakes. Example #1: Her chances of winning the lottery are slim to none. knowing the odds of him winning were slim to none – I just liked his name . Example #4: John is always short on funds. Example #2: Sheila found out that the company's bank account was very short on funds. and he uses me as a bad example. even though my chances of getting hired are slim to none. . with luck. Example #3: My teenager will be short on funds by the end of the week if he continues to spend his allowance. but she spends her money on a ticket every week anyway. Example #2: I applied for the job and went to the interview. and to be short is to lack. Example #1: Can you lend me $5 for lunch? I'm a little short on funds today. and he owes everyone in the office some amount of money. Example #4: Please don't feel singled out in this case – there are thousands of people just like you who have been charged with illegal downloading of copyrighted material.

Steamed Up If someone is steamed up. The origin of the phrase is in the art of blacksmithing or working with metal to make tools and implements. Example #1: I hope you were able to get some funding from the bank – we have to strike while the iron is hot on this investment opportunity. “We have to strike while the iron is hot – send 10 battalions to the border immediately and get ready to attack. angry. but it didn't help – the enemy army had retreated from the region and there was no battle to fight . but we are all sold out of the suits that were on sale – can I show you a different one?” Example #3: We have to go to the store before they sell out of the new cereal – I have some great coupons that will save us a lot of money. Example #2: The clerk said. Example #4: I can't believe it – the one thing we needed from the auto parts store is sold out – now we'll have to drive across town to the other store. The idiom is related to the use of the word out to mean having none – as in the store is out of my brand of cigarettes. upset. Example #3: The general said. The idiom comes from the process of boiling water or applying heat – a common result is steam. Strike While The Iron Is Hot CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The colorful idiom to strike while the iron is hot means to act decisively and quickly because you have an advantage of some kind.Sold Out And Sell Out CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to sell out is that everything that was available for purchase has been sold – there can be no further sales because there is nothing remaining. Example #4: John was visibly steamed up after his private meeting with the boss – I don't think it was a good meeting. then he or she is mad. Example #1: I need to get some more diapers for my baby. and then he calms down as if nothing happened. in which the metal has to be shaped wile it is hot and flexible. you can't blame anyone but yourself when you aren't successful.” Example #4: They struck while the iron was hot. and so on. but I do it every time. but the drug store is sold out of my brand and will not have any more until the weekend. “I'm sorry sir. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< Sweet Tooth . Example #2: I don't understand why I always become so steamed up over the referee's calls in football games. Example #2: My father always said that if you don't strike while the iron is hot. which is vaporized water. It is a very casual and near-slang expression. Example #1: I told her not to get so steamed up over nothing – we could send her steak back to be cooked some more. Example #3: My husband has a tendency to get steamed up really fast.

but recovered after a year or so. Example #3: Because her portfolio was not diversified. Example #1: Although she had no choice about selling the house. It can be a permanent or temporary characteristic. to a shorter form. she really took a bath on it – she sold it for less than half of its value. because there is nothing quite like the taste of sugar. The idiom has a connotation of annoyance and regret.CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you have a sweet tooth then desserts. it means that he or she loses a large sum of money. If a person takes a bath in the markets. Example #2: If you gamble large sums of money. then you shouldn't take a risk with your money. Example #2: My son has always had a sweet tooth and loved to eat ice cream and candy. Example #4: Don't put all of your money into one investment – what if you end up taking a bath and lose all your savings? Take a Beating The idiom to take a beating means to suffer the loss of a large sum of money. but it finally has caught up with him – he has to have a few cavities filled at the dentist. The loss may come from other kinds of transactions. Example #4: The worldwide recession has demonstrated to everyone in the economic community what it's like to take a beating. Another expression with a physical basis. there is cake and ice cream in the refrigerator from the birthday party today. Example #1: I have such a sweet tooth today that I am going to go to the bakery and pick up doughnuts for the whole office. but is always economic. The idiom is an evolution of the phrase to have a tooth for sweets. Example #3: One of the hardest habits to break when you want to lose weight is a sweet tooth. Example #2: If you don't want to take a beating in the stock market. she took a bath in the stock market when there was a downturn. Take a Stand On . Take a Bath The idiomatic expression take a bath has a meaning completely based on economics. to be beaten is to be punished physically. Example #4: If you get a sweet tooth later. the commodities market can be a real thrill. and candies are your favorite food. Example #1: The company really took a beating when it made a public offering. Example #3: As long as you are willing to take a beating once in a while. then you have to expect to take a bath in the casinos once in a while. meaning the same thing. pastries.

and the context is important to understanding how it is being used. or a declaration that is well known. Example #1: Sheila is apparently taking care of business with her new company – it has been very profitable for the investors. than he or she is doing what needs to be done in a particular situation. The expression comes from the situation in which. one stands up to state an opinion.The idiom to take a stand on means to declare a strong position on an issue. Example #4: Take advantage of all the scholarships available. Take Advantage Of To take advantage of means to receive a benefit from or to use an opportunity. and get your tuition paid for throughout college. and tried to get close to me to take my money. you really have to take care of business and take it seriously. and we save hundreds of dollars every month. and competent in performing a task or action. Example #4: Modern parents have to take a stand on the subject of Internet safety with their teenagers. Example #3: He took a stand on the issue. his position was not popular and he lost the election. so his boss gave him a different job. in a group of seated people. and your investments will take care of you. Example #2: We always take advantage of grocery coupons. or there will be many problems. but unfortunately. or to make a decision on a question. It means that someone is responsible. Example #3: You shouldn't take advantage of him in this condition – he can't even remember his name. thorough. Example #1: An elected politician usually takes a stand on an issue that reflects his constituency's opinion. The idiom can be used in both positive and negative senses. It generally implies a public action of some kind. Example #4: Take care of business with your portfolio. Example #2: To get through graduate school with a high GPA. Take Care Of Business If a person takes care of business. Example #2: You can't answer the question of abortion rights for women both ways – you need to take a stand on it and stick to it. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< Take For . Example #1: I believe that she took advantage of my good nature. Example #3: John wasn't taking care of business on the new account.

as on a team. is known as a team player. Example #1: The divorce was a disaster for her – he took her for every penny she had. then you can't expect to have a lot of friends when you need them. or taken advantage of for gain – usually money. Example #2: John's boss thinks that he is not a team player because he is always going off on his own. Example #2: My wife says that I take her for granted. But another way to use it is to make unwarranted assumptions about somebody. Example #2: What do you take me for. The idiom came from sports but does not have to be used in a sports context. Example #1: Sheila demonstrated she was a real team player when she got the board together to agree on the sale of the company. Someone who does well working with other people. I took it for granted that the students had a basic vocabulary – but I was wrong. depending on intention and context. Can you forgive me? Example #4: It's not a good idea to take for granted that the bank will cover your checks for insufficient funds – you need to know the policy. factual and accurate.This idiom has a couple of different meanings. The other is to undervalue someone or something. One is to believe and assume that something is true. an idiot? I know that you've been cheating on me. I plan to take the casinos for all they've got. and it's probably true – she does much more than I give her credit for. and that was a foolish and hurtful thing to do. Example #4: If you can't be a team player. The Inside Track . Take For Granted The idiom to take for granted has at least 2 primary meanings. Example #3: When I go to Las Vegas to gamble. Example #4: Don't take her for a fool – she understands that she is not doing the right thing. and in the game of life – you can't win without others. Example #3: I took you for granted. It usually has an air of annoyance and self-righteousness too. The main meaning is to be cheated out of something rightfully yours. Team Player A team is by definition more than one person. Example #3: Learning to be a team player is very important in the game of basketball. with a connotation of being unfairly done. Example #1: As a new teacher.

If you have the inside track on something. Example #2: We are in a tight spot this month with the household budget. because I had an inside track from knowing the owner. The physical origin of the idiom is from being in some close situation where there is not enough space to move easily. she felt that she had an inside track on a job there. Example #4: The board of directors love to throw cold water on Sheila's suggestions – it makes them feel powerful. negative event for anyone. suggestion or proposal. Example #4: You can make millions in the stock market if you have an inside track and you know how to use it. The idiom has a connotation of disappointment and annoyance. then you have information that gives you an advantage of some kind. Example #3: I placed a bet on the second horse in the second race. Example #3: The policeman was in a tight spot after chasing the criminal down the alley – he was now trapped and there was no possibility of escaping. Example #1: Because she knew the owner of the coffee shop. then you are in danger.This idiom comes from the world of horse racing and gambling on horses. Tight Spot CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If you are in a tight spot. Example #4: If you get into a tight spot with your research paper. give me a call – I have a lot of experience at editing academic writing. Example #1: John found himself in a real tight spot after the boss rejected his proposal – he was not certain how to revise it successfully. but she threw cold water on the idea right away. Throw Cold Water On Someone throws cold water on your plan. and he was angry about it for the remainder of the week. but it really didn't matter in the long run. Example #3: I wanted to have Chinese food for dinner. and it describes an unpleasant. Example #2: John always thought he had an inside track because he knew the bosses' son. idea. such as cave exploring or rock climbing. Example #2: You can throw cold water on this proposal if you want. then he or she disagrees with it and also makes it impossible to continue. in difficulty. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . but I will find a way to get it done some other way. so please don't spend any money except for necessary items. or in trouble. The advantage always goes to the horse on the track closest to the rail – the inside track. Example #1: The boss threw cold water on John's idea for restructuring.

Example #4: Since Sara became religious. or appearance of a person. Example #2: The governor's staff experienced a huge turn over after the scandal. because that's why we see a change. then the best thing to do is ignore the situation and walk away – but that's not always possible. you really need to turn over your stock quickly or you lose money on depreciation. To Dance To A Different Tune If you notice a major change in the behavior. it means how much it is selling. afraid or reluctant – you might be called chicken. I would dance to a different tune and enjoy life more. I am surprised at the employee turn over here – I am always training someone new. If you are referring to people. Example #1: Since I became a manager at a fast food restaurant. Example #1: Mr. yellow. actions. you might be seen as a nonconformist. she dances to a different tune. When speaking of items such as cars or DVDs.To Be Chicken CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION If someone’s calls you a chicken. then it usually means a refresh or a change of staff. and now he's dancing to a different tune. Example #3: These new models of mp3 players are the most popular item right now – they turn over so fast that we can't keep them in the store. Example #3: If you always seem to dance to a different tune. but the difference is evident. Example #4: In English we have many expressions for being cowardly. and so on. you might say that he or she is dancing to a different tune. then you are being called a coward. Example #3: If someone says you are chicken. Example #2: If I knew I would live forever. Example #4: When you sell cars. . The reason for the change could be inward or outward or both. Jones won the lottery. possibly with the purpose of pushing you to do something you would not ordinarily do. a sissy. If you have ever observed chickens scatter when they are frightened or surprised. Turn Over CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to turn over has a couple of related meanings. Example #1: She said. We generally use this idiom in talking about someone we know well. “Are you really chicken to jump in the lake with your clothes on? I'll give you a hundred dollars to do it!” Example #2: He called me chicken and I called him a creep. a scaredy cat. and that's when the fight started. you can see the origin of the term.

dislike. Example #4: He had a terrible habit of not making eye contact when talking to someone. Example #4: It is against the law to pay for citizenship or other documents. Modern science has discovered that this is because immunity is weak when the body is cold and wet. To turn off a light using a switch is the source of the phrase. Example #2: If you buy something under the table. and the seller gives the buyer the item being bought. Example #1: All last week. until he finally was caught and arrested. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . but opposite. meaning. As an idiom it means done in secret. Example #2: The interview was progressing just fine until he started insulting his former bosses . because its literal and idiomatic meanings are very similar. Under the Weather If you are under the weather then you are sick. to turn on. or general negative feelings by words. The idiom is related to the idea that cold weather brings illness. Example #4: Maybe being under the weather for a while will give me a chance to rest and recover from the stresses of life. so he didn't have to pay taxes. behaviors. Example #1: The restaurant owner paid his employees under the table in cash. but now the senators have to explain what happened. actions. Example #3: If you're under the weather then I certainly don't expect you to attend the ceremony. and its opposite. has the same origin and a similar. and we have never had another date. Example #1: She turned me off completely by treating the waiter so rudely. Example #3: We enjoyed the basketball game until the coach began yelling at the players angrily. Under the Table Under the table is an interesting idiom. The buyer gives the seller money with his hand under the table. which really turned us off. Example #3: A last minute agreement was reached under the table. and usually illegally. so I called the school to tell them he would be absent – and they told me about the exams scheduled for today.Turn Someone Off CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom to turn (someone) off means to cause disgust. it won't have a warranty. I was feeling a little under the weather so I wasn't at my best for the presentation. and I told him I wouldn't hire him.that turned me off. and it turned her off so badly that she finally broke off the engagement. Example #2: My son said he was feeling under the weather this morning. but it happens all the time under the table. Imagine a secret transaction with the buyer and the seller facing each other at a small table. and so on. but our idioms are still useful. either physically or in other ways.

so I didn't want to bother him with my problems. and the press had no information about them. Example #4: Keep it under wraps. If you are up to your ears in something. A wrap can be a blanket or other covering. Example #3: My apartment will be up for grabs as soon as my lease is over in August – are you interested in renting it? Example #4: Everyone who made a campaign contribution thinks that the president is up for grabs. Example #1: The new televisions were up for grabs at a fantastic price. Example #1: The company kept the new models of computers under wraps for months. so I can't go home for the holidays. so I decided to buy 2 of them while I could.Under Wraps The idiom under wraps means that something is being kept secret and unknown. then it is available to anyone who can claim it. take it. as long as you're qualified for it. Example #2: Let's keep the details if this agreement under wraps until everyone has signed it. Example #1: I am up to my ears in finishing my thesis. Example #3: My son kept his fiance's identity under wraps until we met her at Christmas – and we were surprised to see we knew her already. and things covered are kept away from the public eye. but I think the new employee is a relative of the boss. Example #3: The marching band was up to their ears with practicing for the parade. or find it. but has a changeable form because it has 2 pronouns. so the idiom originates in the literal meaning of the phrase. Up For Grabs If something (or someone) is up for grabs. Example #2: John was up to his ears in the new budget. Example #2: John's boss says the new position is up for grabs. Example #4: Right now my wife and I are up to our ears getting ready for moving to the new house. To grab is to use the hands to quickly grasp. . but he doesn't work that way. Up To One's Ears This idiom has a simple meaning. so the idiom also implies a certain amount of speed and haste. you are extremely busy and in fact probably stressed and overwhelmed. so please call me next month. pay for it.

Up To Par
When a person's work performance, behavior, or other activity is not at the appropriate or expected level of quality or quantity, then it is not up to par. The idiom comes directly from the game of golf, where the player has a certain number of possible strokes at a hole – a number known as the par. Example #1: Sheila's company's earnings were not up to par in the third quarter, so she made some changes in production. Example #2: My teenage son said that his art teacher believes his work in the class is not going to be up to par. Example #3: John's performance evaluation by his supervisor showed several areas in which he was not up to par. Example #4: A mechanic has to be up to par on his repair record, or the garage will lose customers quickly.

Up To Someone
This idiom, while being a small one, is very powerful. It means that the decision belongs to the person something is “up to.” If someone says a decision is up to you, then it is your duty and responsibility to decide in the particular situation. If you don't want to decide, you have to refuse or reject the offer id f possible. Example #1: The decision about when to move on to chapter 2 will be up to you, so tell me when you are ready. Example #2: John's boss said that it would be up to him whether John continued working at the company or not. Example #3: Do you want Italian or Chinese food tonight? I'll leave it up to you, because it doesn't matter to me. Example #4: After my son becomes 18 years old, the major decisions of his life are no longer mine – they are up to him.

Use One's Head
The brain is located in the head, and the idiom to use one's head is based on this simple fact. Using your head is equivalent to thinking, and making use of your brain and the power it has to be careful, consider all the facts and make good decisions in a variety of situations. Example #1: If we use our heads and create a workable solution, we can survive a really bad situation. Example #2: I told my son to use his head when he was driving, and he thought I was making a joke – he said he always uses his hands. Example #3: John didn't use his head when he started the new ad campaign, and it was a failure. Example #4: Always use your head and pay attention when you are in a new environment or situation, and you will probably be fine.

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Used To
The idiom used to has a simple meaning – to be accustomed to, habitually, regularly. It never changes form since it is a descriptive expression, not a verb. Example #1: I don't know if I will ever get used to her being gone, even though almost 30 years has passed since she died. Example #2: They say that the noise of living near the railroad tracks is something you eventually get used to, bit it hasn't happened yet. Example #3: After a time, she got used to his snoring, and it even started to help her to go to sleep. Example #4: John is so used to his boss being abusive and mean to him that he doesn't know when he's had enough.

Warm Up
The idiom to warm up has a simple meaning – to practice. But there are variations in meaning, too. It can mean to stretch the muscles used in exercise before actually exercising, and it can mean to be the opening act for a performer at a public event. Example #1: Before she played her concert, she warmed up at the piano with some exercises and short pieces. Example #2: John forgot to warm up before he went jogging, and he pulled a muscle in his leg. Example #3: At one time I was the warm up act for a comedian in a nightclub – I was a juggler. Example #4: As a singer, you can warm up your voice easily in just a few minutes with the right exercises.

Warm Up To
The meaning of this idiom can change depending on the context. If you are warming up to a person, you are becoming friendly and comfortable and feeling safe with that person. You can also warm up to a situation like a job or a school, or to a new environment like a city or an apartment building. The overall meaning stays the same, however. Example #1: I am finally warming up to my new roommate, who is kind of shy. Example #2: John warmed up to the new job after the first week, when he got a corner office and made several new friends. Example #3: She'll warm up to the new boss, just wait and see. Example #4: If you give him some time, you'll find it easy to warm up to him – he's a great guy.

Wash One's Hands Of
If you wash your hands, you clean them and start over with clean hands. The idiom to wash your hands of something means that you are stopping involvement, giving up on, and abandoning a situation or person. It has overtones of annoyance and maybe regret too. Example #1: I did everything I could do for my son and he has always been a failure and a disgrace – now I have to wash my hands of him. Example #2: After losing most of his money in the markets, he washed his hands of the whole concept of risky investing. Example #3: John's boss has washed his hands of the project, and believes it was a mistake from the start. Example #4: If you ever decide to wash your hands of something, be certain of your decision – it's almost impossible to change your mind.

Washed Up
To be washed up is to be a failure after once upon a time being successful. The idiom is often used with reference to celebrities such as movie stars, pop music performers, or with famous sports figures. In form it is commonly used with “all” to intensify the meaning. Example #1: At one time the handsome singer had 3 songs on the top 40 list, but now it's over – he's all washed up. Example #2: He was a famous Olympic gymnast in his youth, but unfortunately, he's washed up now. Example #3: His movies are not successful anymore, and he can't get work in Hollywood – he's definitely all washed up. Example #4: It must be very difficult and sad to be washed up at such a young age, but that's what happens to many child actors when they get older.

Waste (of) One's Breath
The idiom to waste one's breath means in a real sense to talk without accomplishing anything, and so to throw away or misuse the breath required to speak. It implies some disgust, annoyance and resignation on the part of the speaker or describer. Example #1: It was a complete waste of my breath to ask her father for her hand in marriage – he refused from the beginning. Example #2: Don't waste your breath asking for a pay raise – no one ever gets an increase around here. Example #3: John asked for a raise, and not only was it a waste of his breath, but the boss got angry and fired him. Example #4: We have to try to come to an agreement, even if it ends up being a waste of our breath.

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Using the idiomatic expression. watering down anything changes the situation in a similar way. Example #3: Sometimes you have to water down your message if you want it to be heard. watch it with that fishing pole! You might hurt someone with it! Example #3: You really have to watch it in some parts of this city – there are dangerous places to be. Example #4: The ancient philosophers say that all of life is water under the bridge. Water Under the Bridge The idiomatic expression water under the bridge means that something is a past event and should be looked at as finished. over. make less powerful. . and many bad times. Water Down The idiom to water down means to weaken. Example #4: Will you please watch it with your pool cue? You almost hit my head swinging it around. but he wouldn't listen and now he has a broken leg. Example #1: We had a long relationship with many good times. Example #2: Please don't water down your language for the class – they need the challenge of hearing a native speaker to improve their English. dilute. Example #1: The president's original strong position on the subject of international aid had become so watered down that he didn't even recognize it. It means to be attentive and careful. Example #4: If you water down the orange juice. it's much easier on the stomach. but now it's water under the bridge – we need to forget about us and continue with our separate lives. because the present is an illusion. but can be used in other ways too. implying danger or possible injury might result if the advice is not followed. then it has less alcohol than before. Example #1: I told my son many times to watch it going down that hill on his skateboard. Example #2: Hey. completed. then why are you so interested in continuing to be my friend? Example #3: Our losses are now water under the bridge.Watch It This idiom is most commonly used as a command. and we must accept the fact that life will be very different in the future. Just as the movement of a river or stream under a bridge shows. If you water down an alcoholic drink. the water has moved on and cannot be recovered. Example #2: If it's all just water under the bridge.

she wrote him off as a failure and called off the marriage. anxious. Example #2: I don't know what was eating him. fearful. and intelligent woman. Example #4: My prediction for the score was way off base – my team actually lost by 20 points instead of winning. Example #1: His impression of the secretary was way off base – she was a dedicated. but all of a sudden he started yelling at the players and the fans and stomped off the basketball court. talented. and “way” makes it stronger. Example #4: Let's just write this relationship off as an experiment that failed. Example #1: I'm begging you not to write me off so quickly without letting me explain what happened. What's Eating You CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom what's eating (someone) is making a person angry or upset. and you're still in a bad mood and angry at the world for some reason. so off base carries the opposite connotation. to make a decision about in a negative way. anyway? I do everything I can to please you.Way Off Base The idiom way off base means incorrect or mistaken. not a bimbo. than lives could be lost. as in “what's eating you?” But it can also be used in other ways. The origin of the expression is in accounting. Example #2: I happen to think you're way off base on this – the budget doesn't need any more changes before it's adopted. Example #1: What's eating you. where eat means bother or make angry. Example #3: A rescue helicopter pilot must be precise and skillful – if he or she is way off base. Example #3: If you really want to find out what's eating her. It is related to the idiom eating away at. but in an extreme or exaggerated way. If something is on a base it is fixed and solid. It often appears in the form of a question. Get All The FREE Mp3’s For This Idiom Book & Also Get My 2 Other FREE English Books (with Mp3’s Also Included) >>> Click Here To Get Them Now <<<< . Example #4: I felt mad. where a certain expenditure or loss can be excluded from tax or reduce tax – it can be written off. and move on – maybe you and I were never meant to be together. you'll be writing them off without an opportunity to try. Example #2: After he lost his job and his house and car were repossessed. just ask – sometimes a direct approach is much better than guessing. Example #3: If you don't give the team a chance to compete in the tournament. and sad. and I wasn't sure what was eating me – so I made an appointment with my doctor to figure it out. Write Off CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The meaning of the idiom to write off is to dismiss or reject.

and launching your ordinance. Example #3: Why don't we take some time to zero in on the goal of complete independence by next year. Example #1: If I learn English fluently and move to the US. It comes from instrumentation used in warfare and surveying. Example #3: One educational reform that has taken hold in the US is year round school. The zillion also appears alone to mean a large number. where students continue class even during the summer months. and think about how we might reach that goal. Example #4: There is a beauty in the precision of zeroing in on a target. Example #2: I have decided that I need to live in a climate where it is temperate the year round – I can't accept the idea of cold weather anymore. . he thinks he is better than all of his former friends. Example #1: We zeroed in on the problem. starts it with a Z. with no exceptions. Example #3: If you write a book about English idioms and it becomes a bestseller. I would like to be able to surf year round. I made a reservation for a summer vacation. and means much more that a million. arriving at the designated coordinates. and then implemented them one by one. Example #4: Ideally. you could become a zillionaire. but within 6 months she was out of money and hit songs. The expression reflects the cyclical quality of the seasons and of time as we experience it.Year Round The idiom year round means the whole length of the year. so I am thinking about moving to Australia. It is also a good example of creativity and playfulness in the formation of common expressions in English. I will become a zillionaire in no time at all! Example #2: Now that he has won the lottery and become at least a zillionaire. Zero In On The idiom to zero in on means to be concentrated and focused on a problem. where the null setting indicates a lock on the target. Example #4: She became a zillionaire almost overnight with a hit song and video. Example #1: After I found out that the ski resort was open year round. target. or goal. Zillionaire CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION The idiom zillionaire is a good example of an exaggeration – it takes the word millionaire. decided on a number of possible solutions. Example #2: The therapist's intuition was incredible – she was able to zero in on my issues and help me to improve my attitude about them.

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