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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Using idiomatic expressions
50 IDIOMATIC EXPRESSSIONS YOU MUST KNOW The correct use of idiomatic expressions will earn you merit points when you write your essays. 1 .ace Get an "A" on a test, homework assignment, project, etc. I heard that Susie aced the test yesterday 2 .As easy as a pie very easy The test was as easy as a pie. 3. at the eleventh hour at the last minute; almost too late. He finished the project at the eleventh hour and he nearly lost his job. 4 .all ears eager to hear what someone has to say. Tell me about your latest trip overseas. I’m all ears. 5 .be broke be without money. I need to borrow some money. I am broke. 6 .be on the go be very busy (going from one thing or project to another). I am very tired. I've been on the go since 5 in the morning. 7 .beat exhausted; very tired I need a break after this. I'm beat!" 8 .beat around the bush evade an issue; avoid giving a direct answer. Stop beating around the bush! Just tell me what happened to my car. 9 .bite off more than one can chew take responsibility for more than one can manage. Mrs Lee finds it difficult to finish all her work. She has bitten off more than she could chew!" 10. blow one's top become extremely angry. My father blew his top when he found out I had taken his car without his permission. 11 .burn the midnight oil study/work all night or until very late at night. Johan is not ready for the test. He will have to burn the midnight oil." 12 .call it a day stop work for the day. The labourers call it a day after working for five hours on the field. 13 .can't make heads or tails of something can't understand something at all; find something confusing and illogical. I cannot make heads or tails of your notes. Were you sleepy during the class?

22 . Rita is feeling blue because she has not heard from her boyfriend for a long time.an eager beaver a person who is always willing to volunteer or do extra work. make someone upset. He is the first to volunteer for any job to be done.get on one's nerves irritate someone.get out of hand: become out of control. This colourful advertisement caught my eye when I was in the bus. He has to get another job to help pay for it. help someone. ii. 19 .give someone a hand i. I don’t get it. applaud someone Please give a hand to the poor old lady. Could you please explain it to me again? 25 .change one's mind decide to do something different from what had been decided earlier. 20 .feel blue feel sad and depressed. Let’s give him a hand. The gardener has done a wonderful landscaping job. 21 . 24. Please tell him to keep quiet. This car costs him an arm and a leg. take longer than necessary to do something. 17 . David did not go to Australia. get it understand something (often negative). You need to get out and do some exercise.catch one's eye attract one's attention/interest. She is trying to cross the road. . Wait till the boys wi n the competition this Sunday. 16 .drop someone a line write to someone Do drop me a line when you have time. become badly managed.cost (someone) an arm and a leg cost a lot. The relief centre can only hold forty people but we have one hundred people to care for.fire someone dismiss someone from a job because of poor performance.couch potato someone who spends too much time watching TV. be very expensive. Lokman might be fired if he continues to be late for work. The situation is getting out of hand.Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched) Don't assume that something will happen until it has happened. You are becoming a couch potato. 26 . His constant chatter is getting on my nerves. 23 . 18 . Why are you dragging your feet? You should have finished your homework by now. Rahim is an eager beaver. 27 . 15 . He changed his mind when he heard that his mother is ill. I think you should not count your chickens until they’ve hatched.14 .drag one's feet delay.

keep an eye on check something regularly. It has a computer and tracking system. 32 . If you do not come on the dot. 36 . 33 . 37 . 41 . 40 . have only enough money to pay for basic needs.have one's hands full extremely busy Peggy usually has her hands full in the beginning of a new school term.(on the) cutting edge using the most recent technology This car boasts of having a cutting edge technology." 42 . 30 .lend someone a hand help someone. Please keep an eye on the children while I go to the bank. showing a financial loss. . 31 . She pulled my leg when he said that he had quit his job to get married. He is keeping his fingers crossed while waiting for the results of his interview.make a mountain out of a molehill make something seem much more important than it really is. We have to stop some of the workers if the situation continues. He is hard-headed.live from hand to mouth survive on very little money.pull someone's leg tease someone by trying to make her/him believe something that's untrue. 38 .in the red: unprofitable. The company is in the red. The company is back in the black after suffering from great losses the last two months. inflexible. we will leave without you. rain or shine. Susila is making a mountain out of a molehill.on the dot exactly at a given time. 34 . 29 . Ros and the children live from hand to mouth after the fire destroyed their house. It’s pretty difficult to get Simon to change his mind.keep one's fingers crossed hope for the best. unwilling to change.in the black: profitable.make up one's mind decide what to do Moses has to make up his mind whether to continue his studies or take up a job.28 .rain cats and dogs Rain heavily It’s raining cats and dogs now. You better leave later. 39 . I am sure the boys are perfectly capable of looking after themselves.Rain or shine no matter what the weather "We're leaving for Cameron Highlands.Hard-headed have one's hands full stubborn. not showing a financial loss. Can you please lend a hand at the relief centre for the flood victims? 35 .

so she decided not to go to work. 44 . having only joined us last month. He is still wet behind the ears. You better check with the other members. but he won’t change his ways. unwell. 45 .43 . 47 . 46 . You should sleep on it first and we will discuss again tomorrow. So. Someone has caused his/her own problems. 50 . I know you are very hungry and I have ordered pizza. He seems to rub me the wrong way every time we discuss something. he has made his own bed.under the weather ill. now let him lie in it. I do not think Suresh is suitable for this project.To make his own bed. Susan was feeling under the weather yesterday." 48 .read someone's mind: know what someone is thinking. he/she will have to solve them himself/herself. John can be wishy-washy at times.rub someone the wrong way irritate someone I cannot stand Robert. let him lie in it. .until you're blue in the face forever You can advise him until you're blue in the face. I can read your mind.wishy-washy: without an opinion of one's own.wet behind the ears inexperienced and naive.sleep on it take some time to think about something before making a decision. 49 . He insisted that he should take up the project alone.