IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS

1. Match the idiomatic expressions with their meanins!
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Break the ice
Put your best foot forward
Cold feet
ray of ho!e
"# the $o
%oo bi$ for his boots
%read o# &y toes
Pulli#$ &y le$
'u&! for (oy
)ta#d o# her ow# two feet
%wist hi& rou#d her little fi#$er
Pay throu$h your #ose
Blow his to!
Bite o#e*s li!s
+# $ood ha#ds
%oe the li#e
,ow# to earth
"# the rocks
-all o# deaf ears
Break so&eo#e*s heart
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little cha#ce
##oy &e
%easi#$ &e
Boastful
-eel fri$hte#ed
,o your /ery best
0ery busy or acti/e
)tart a co#/ersatio#
)how e1cite&e#t
Pay ridiculously hi$h !rices
2ose his te&!er
3ake hi& do a#ythi#$ she wishes
Be i#de!e#de#t
+# trouble
4e&ai# u##oticed or disre$arded
4ealistic5 !ractical
6ell looked after or cared for
3ake or beco&e /ery sad
"bey orders
%ry to co#trol or hide o#e*s feeli#$s
". Pic# an idiomatic expression $rom the %ox to comp&ete the sentence
17 +f you e/er7777777777777777777777777777777777777777778 you*ll re$ret it for the rest of your life7
27 )oo# after his !ro&otio#8 he beca&e7777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777
37 )aro(u#u is (ust the ri$ht ty!e of li/ely $irl 7777777777777777777777777777777777777i# that /ery .uiet $rou!7
47 Chee )i#$ was o#ly 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777 whe# he said + looked fat7
57 9ou either 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777 or risk bei#$ dis&issed fro& your (ob7
67 9our car will be 7777777777777777777777777777777777777777 u#der 6o#$8 the &echa#ic7
77 + see so&e stude#ts 777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777 whe# they $et $ood results7
An idiom is a $rou! of words with a !articular &ea#i#$ which is usually differe#t fro&
the &ea#i#$s of the i#di/idual words7 9ou ca# cha#$e the /erb te#ses a#d !ro#ou#s i#
a# idio&8 but the words the&sel/es a#d the order they are i# should stay the sa&e7 -or
e1a&!le8 it*s !lai# saili#$ &ea#s that so&ethi#$ is easy7 9ou ca#*t say it*s !lai# dri/i#$
or it*s saili#$ !lai#7
%he &ost i&!orta#t thi#$ is to use idio&s i# a# a!!ro!riate situatio#8 so it*s useful to #ote
the& dow# whe#e/er you &eet7
87 + $ot 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777 a#d sta&&ered badly whe# + had to &ake a s!eech7
97 9ou 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777777 whe# you sho! at e1clusi/e stores7
107 %ee#a$ers ha/e lots of e#er$y a#d are always 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777
37 Match the two ha&'es o$ the sentences correct&(. The( a&& inc&)de idioms connected with
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+ ho!e you*/e do#e a lot of cooki#$
4ick*s bee# selected to !lay for his #atio#al
tea&: 9ou ca# i&a$i#e
+ really feel o# to! of the world8 #ow that
+ had #o idea how to a#swer the .uestio#8
so + (ust $uessed
9ou*/e had a .uarrel with your boyfrie#d;
,o#*t worry about hi&
+*/e &a#a$ed to !ay off o#e or two of &y
debts8 but
<ow are you feeli#$ these days; 9ou look
'oe does#*t k#ow what*s $oi#$ o# half the
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%here are !le#ty &ore fish i# the sea:
+*& afraid it*s (ust a dro! i# the ocea#7
<e*s $ot his head i# the clouds7
+ could eat a horse7
+*& fit a$ai# after &y o!eratio#7
bit u#der the weather to &e
+t was a shot i# the dark
<e*s o/er the &oo# about it7
+. Choose the correct idioms to comp&ete the sentences. ,se each idiom on&( once- and
ma#e s)re it is in
the correct $orm.
)hed so&e li$ht o# so&ethi#$ $o out like a li$ht ,ayli$ht robbery
see li$ht at the e#d of the tu##el )ee so&eo#e i# a differe#t li$ht
17 + ????????????????????????? as soo# as &y head hit the !illow7
27 >uess how &uch he char$ed &e to re!air the brakes; @1200: +t was
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37 6he# + heard 'ake shouti#$ so rudely at his &other8 + be$a# to
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47 fter two years stru$$li#$ to fi#ish the !ro(ect8 we fi#ally started to
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57 Ca# a#yo#e ????????????????????????? the disa!!eara#ce of the e1a& !a!ers fro& &y
desk;
. Match each sentence on the &e$t- containin an idiom- with the most s)ita%&e response.
17 +*/e $ot e#ou$h o# &y !late already7
27 %he weddi#$ was a bit o/er the to!8 was#*t
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37 + thi#k we should &ake a &o/e7
47 ##a*s rou#d the be#d8 she really is:
9es8 it*s $etti#$ late7 )hall we !ho#e for a ta1i;
B 6hy; 6hat has she bee# doi#$ #ow;
C 6ere you; 6ell8 you see& fi#e #ow:
, Ao8 all ri$ht8 +*ll be careful7 + wo#*t s!e#d &uch8 +
!ro&ise:
57 )orry8 what was that; + was &iles away7
67 <o#estly8 + was !ractically at death*s door
with the flu last &o#th
77 )he was scared stiff7
87 ,o#*t $et carried away (ust because the
sales are o#:
97 6e*ll (ust ha/e to $o back to s.uare o#e7
= + ca# see that: %ry a#d co#ce#trate8 !lease7
- 9es8 a#d try to fi#d a better solutio#7
>7 +*& #ot sur!rised7 +t was a risky thi#$ for her to
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< "h8 co&e o#8 you ca# take o# o#e &ore !iece of
work7
+ 9es8 it &ust ha/e cost a fortu#e7

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