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Jessica Kew SECRETARY : En. Mohd Fairulnizam TREASURER : Cik Jenny Yap Tze Kie COMMITTEE MEMBERS : * Year 1 - Pn. Salbiah * Year 2 - Pn. Syarifah Wanty Jaibin * Year 3 - Pn. Roselyn Olaybal * Year 4 - Pn. Nur Misya Jan Abdullah * Year 5 - Pn. Irdaningsih Ramle * Year 6 - En. Marinus @ Martin Giau
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS 2009 MORNING SESSION Year 4 ~ Pn. Nur Misya Jan Abdullah/ En. Mohd Fairulnizam / Pn. Emily Madusin Year 5 ~ Pn. Zaiton Hj Awang / Pn. Irdaningsih Ramle / En Marinus @ Martin Giau Year 6 ~ Pn. Irdaningsih Ramle / En. Marinus @ Martin Giau / Pn Zaiton Hj. Awang
AFTERNOON SESSION Year 1 ~ Pn. Salbiah / Pn. Kala a/p Vyapury Muniandy Year 2 ~ Pn. Syarifah Wanty / Pn. Roselyn OLaybal / Cik Jenny Yap Tze Kie Year 3 ~ Pn. Helena A. Bansing / Pn. Roselyn Olaybal / Pn. Kew Yen Phin
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PANEL Introduction It is one of the departments in the School Curriculum Committee which comprises the English Language teachers of the morning and afternoon. Vision ~ attempt to achieve 80 % of English passes in the UPSR for the coming years ~ reduce the number of pupils who are unable to master the three main skills in language learning (speaking, reading and writing) by the end of Year 6 Mission ~ working with full commitment, equipped with specific skills and requisite knowledge base, to ensure effective teaching and learning process as well as pupils¶ language mastery Panel¶s Role 1. Improve and upgrade the quality and effectiveness of language teaching and learning. 2. Run meetings/discussions (informal/formal) to identify and solve problems pertaining to teaching and learning, also to discuss the current curriculum implementation. 3. Review analysis on pupils¶ performance in English Language monthly tests, semester exams and also UPSR based on the school target. 4. Develop teaching strategies and approaches to cul ivate pupils¶ learning interest and t language proficiency. 5. Generate positive values such as cooperation, teamwork spirit among the members in the panel as well as other panel members. 6. Exchange new ideas, knowledge and language expertise gained fromrecent courses/seminars/workshops attended by panel member(s). 7. Suggest, plan and ensure successful implementation of the English activities throughout the year.
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When we meet a person or come across new ideas, many things come up to our mind. We may not like how a person looks or his ideas. It's only when we get to know each other better, friendship is developed. Ideas may be accepted or at least understood. So, get to know us. SK Tobobon as the name is. Communicate and make friends, And you¶ll learn to love the school and the ideas.. if not the teachers!
Idiom "... apple of ..... eye." For example: "She was the apple of his eye." "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." For example: "The doctor told her to eat more fresh fruit, after all an apple a day keeps the doctor away." "Bring home the bacon." For example: "He felt it was his responsibility to bring home the bacon." "Bread and butter." For example: "He was talking about bread and butter issues."
Someone that one likes a lot.
Eating fruit is good/healthy for you.
To earn a living for the family.
Basic needs of life (food,shelter,clothing).
To be a butterfi ers. For example:He had the ball but he dropped it What a butterfi ers! Butter someone up. For example: "He was always buttering up the boss hoping for promotion."
To flatter someone to try to get their favor or friendship. Somebody who often drops things
she always looked as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth." If butter wouldn't melt in someone's mouth." "To sell like hot cakes. An important person. To find something easy to do." For example: "The new Spice Girls' album sold like hot cakes. the high mark was just the icing on the cake." "The icing on the cake." For example: "I was happy to pass the exam." "Chalk and cheese" For example: "I'm not surprised they're getting divorced. . a leader (usually about business). it was a piece of cake." "A piece of cake. they look as if they would never do anything wrong although you think they would." "A big cheese" For example: "Anita Roddick was the big cheese at the Body Shop." For example: "She knew she had passed the English exam. For example:"No one ever thought she was naughty. they were always chalk and cheese. To be the complete opposite of someone.Butter wouldn't melt in his / her mouth. To sell quickly or rapidly. Something nice that is added to something else that is already good.
" "A cowardy custard. to be avoided." Hubby: "They're only little! Don't be such a cowardy custard. He was a bad egg." "A bad egg. on." For example: Me: "I'm scared of spiders." For example: "Although he was driving at 110 mph James Bond was as cool as a cucumber. same old. Same old. his class mates always egged him on." ¤ £ For e ample £ For e ample A bad person. Maybe because custard is yellow. ¡ ¢ ¢ ."Another bite at the cherry." For example:Grammar schools often get accused of cherry-picking the best pupils." For example: "Frank got another bite at the cherry when he resat his exams.." "To cherry-pick. What's happening? To choose only the best people or things in a way that is not fair." A way of saying someone is a coward." "He was always in trouble at school... To remain calm under pressure. "He never phoned his mother. To be give a anothe chance of doing or getting something. "As cool as a cucumber." "Egg . To urge someone to do something (usually negative . What's cooking? For example: A: Hey guys! What's cooking? B: Nothing much.
it would be like putting all your eggs in one basket." "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. and someone's sat them next to each other . Thanks to Otrebs To try hard not to upset someone or something. To risk everything on one person or thing.that's a fine kettle of fish." To put all your eggs in one basket For example: "You shouldn't invest all your money in Microsoft. "He ended up with egg on his face. A difficult or awkward situation. "To walk on eggshells. Thanks to Otrebs . but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. when she found out he had been lying." For example: "He worked so hard to make the company a success it made him ill." "A different kettle of fish" For example:"Oh! They want to place an order? That's a different kettle of fish." For example:Everyone in the family had to walk on eggshells when he was in a bad mood. Of A different matter or issue."Have egg on one's face." To do something to the detriment of something else. "A pretty or fine kettle of fish" For example:"They're divorced." For example: To be caught out or embarrassed.
To cry or complain about something that has already happened. To buy a lemon. For example:He couldn't stay long. Used when something is suspicious. For example:"There was something fishy in the way he paused before answering the question." To have bigger fish to fry. . To have more important things to do. For example:When she started talking about her personal problems. For example:"All those people who bought a new Toyota have bought a lemon." "Cry over spilt milk.course I'll talk to them. Like a fish out of water. For example:He couldn't stay long. Something is fishy. Sour grapes." For example: "It's no good crying over spilt milk." To have bigger fish to fry. he looked like a fish out of water. To buy something useless or defective. with this merger he has bigger fish to fry. but I think it's just sour grapes. To be uncomfortable in a particular situation To have more important things to do. For example:He was really sarcastic about my new job. with this merger he has bigger fish to fry. because he hasn't got one. Used when someone is disparaging about something just because they can't have it.
For example:"She's over fifty and should really stop wearing mini skirts if she doesn't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.what's done is done." "As easy as pie." To be very eager. To know a lot about a particular subject. it's as easy as pie. " Fighting tooth decay by annihilating all the mostly harmless bacteria in your mouth is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut." For example: "People say I'm as nutty as a fruitcake to run this website. Used to describe a woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman." "As keen as mustard" For example: "He was as keen as mustard because he really wanted to win the competition. "To use a sledgehammer to crack a nut. To be slightly crazy." "Nutty as a fruitcake." When something is very easy to do." For example: To do something with more force than is necessary to achieve the result you want." For example: "Anyone can do that." For example:"When it comes to computers he really knows his onions." Mutton dressed (up) as lamb. " "To know your onions. .
" For example: "She should get out more." To change something to make it faster or more powerful by changing or adding something. he seemed to have a finger in every pie. To be involved in lots of different things. " "A hot potato. it was just my cup of tea. "He landed her in the soup." For example: To be in serious trouble." "In the soup. A question or argument that is controversial and difficult to settle Someone who just sits on the couch watching TV." "Cup of tea. she's turning into a real couch potato." "Souped up." For example: "He made his car go faster by souping up the engine." For example: "The issue of immigration was a hot potato." For example: "I really enjoyed the film."Have a finger in every pie. when he told the policeman she had been drinking." "A couch potato." For example: "He was a very influential man. . Something one enjoys or does well.
For example:When she started talking about her personal problems. he looked like a fish out of water. More idioms and sayings To be uncomfortable in a particular situation .Like a fish out of water.
To be like a bear with a sore head. For example:My husband is like a bear with a sore head before he gets his cup of tea in the morning. For example:I would stay with your current firm. She's got a real bee in her bonnet about that new advertising campaign. rather than look for something better. A bird's eye view. For example:I'll go to work early tomorrow. To be in a bad mood. For example:Don't let people badger you into having a drink. He looks like he's got ants in his pants. . For example:There's a test tomorrow. To be obsessed about something. a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The early bird catches the worm. For example:The appearance of something seen from above.Idiom/Saying To have ants in your pants. the early bird catches the worm. To pester someone into doing something. she's even phoned the ACA! A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. If you do something in a timely manner you will succeed. After all. To have a bee in your bonnet. After all. and he can't concentrate or keep still. Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better. To badger someone. For example:- Explanation To be unable to keep still because you are very excited or worried about something.
To be like a cat on a hot tin roof. Someone who is very rich and powerful. A fat cat. To be like a bull in a china shop. For example:I went to the dentist.If you look at Google Maps you can get a bird's eye view of your street. For example:It's only a little spider. For example:Don't let him touch those glass baubles. Birds of a feather flock together. don't be such a scaredycat. . all the teenagers gathered in the kitchen. A short sleep. To kill two birds with one stone. Might as well kill two birds with one stone. Someone who is frightened for no reason. To be clumsy. For example:I always have a cat nap after lunch. and she's been like a cat on a hot tin roof all day. For example:At the party. and remove the wisdom tooth at the same time. For example:Too many fat cats have made money out of the recession. To be nervous and unable to keep still. A scaredy-cat. during the day. and asked him to fill the molar. People who have similar characters or similar interests will often choose to spend time together. To solve two problems with a single action. For example:She's waiting for her boyfriend to call. Birds of a feather flock together. he's like a bull in a china shop. A at nap.
For example:She thought she was the cat's whiskers when she got the part in the play. Not enough room to swing a cat. Said when someone isn't saying anything.The cat's whiskers. For example:When the photos showed him kissing a young woman. To put a cat among the pigeons. It's raining very heavily. To reveal a secret. To look very pleased and a bit smug about something. For example:Everybody knows about the redundancies. When someone thinks they're better than everyone else. To cause trouble. It's raining cats and dogs! For example:We had to run for shelter when it started raining cats and dogs. To look like the cat that got the cream. someone let the cat out of the bag. Look what the cat's dragged in! An insulting way of saying that someone has just arrived and they don't look good. it really put the cat among the pigeons. For example:In our old flat there wasn't enough room to swing a cat. You look like the cat that got the cream. . Used to describe a place that is very small. Has the cat got your tongue? For example:Why are you being so quiet? Cat got your tongue? To let the cat out of the bag. For example:I guess you passed your exam.
A cuckoo in the nest. For example:If something is dog-eared. A dog and pony show. or a problem that grows quickly and crowds out everything else. it is in bad condition. A show or other event that has been organi ed in order to get people's support or to persuade them to buy something. To be very happy. Someone who is cowardly. A shaggy dog story.For example:Look what the cat's dragged in! You look terrible! To be a chicken or To be chicken or to be chicken livered. To be dog-eared. Used to describe someone who has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic. Someone who is part of a group but is different and often disliked. A joke or story that's obviously not true or has a silly ending. our manager was like a dog with two tails. She's such a chicken. Living in cloud cuckoo land. To be like a dog with two tails. For example:The new manager is a real cuckoo in the nest. He's causing more problems than he's solving. For example:She wouldn't get on the walt ers. For example:He thinks the recession won't affect his business. . For example:His campaign was a real dog and pony show. For example:The way he kept going on led me to suspect it was a shaggy dog story. because she said they're dangerous. but he still didn't win the election. He's living in cloud cuckoo land. For example:When we found out we had won the contract.
It's raining cats and dogs! For example:We had to run for shelter when it started raining cats and dogs.This country has gone to the dogs since they won the election. That guy could talk the hind leff off a donkey. He wouldn't thank me. For example:I knew my boss was wrong. the last one she gave back to me was dog-eared. To talk a lot. the case was a dead duck. Leave something alone if it might cause trouble. It's raining very heavily.I won't lend her any more books. To be dog tired. For example:The party went on till 4am. Let sleeping dogs lie. A failure. To be exhausted. Talk the hind leg off a donkey. For example:The police admitted that they were giving up. Gone to the dogs. . A dead duck. For example:I couldn't get a word in edgeways. so I say. Water off a duck's back. Used when someone or somewhere becomes less successful than it was. For example. let sleeping dogs lie. For example:He kept shouting at me. but it was like water Said when someone doesn't let things upset them. but I didn't say anything. I was dog tired the next day.
For example:He couldn't stay long. Oh! They want to place an order? That's a different kettle of fish. A cold fish. The elephant in the room. To be a fly on the wall. For example:I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the boss was telling him off. so you can overhear what is said. he looked like a fish out of water. For example:When she started talking about her personal problems. A problem or situation that everyone knows about but no one mentions. To have bigger fish to fry. Someone who doesn't show how they feel. For example:Her husband's a real cold fish.off a duck's back. For example:There was something fishy in the way he paused before answering the question. Something is fishy. Of course I'll talk to them. . To want to be somewhere secretly. "A different kettle of fish" For example:A different matter or issue. Used when something is suspicious. with this merger he has bigger fish to fry. Like a fish out of water. it's impossible to tell whether he's happy or not. For example:Her blindness was the elephant in the room. To be uncomfortable in a particular situation To have more important things to do.
For example:He had two helpings of everything. Describes someone who is very nervous. he wouldn't say boo to a goose. . A dark horse. To close (shut) the stable door after the horse has bolted. He's a sly old fox. A person who is secretive and often does something surprising. I didn't know he could! He's a real dark horse. To upset someone. For example:I was surprised when he sat down to play the piano. Wouldn't say boo to a goose. To try to fix something after the problem has occurred.To be as sly as a fox. I heard it straight from the horse's mouth. For example:The rumour is true. She really got my goat. To be sneakily clever. He eats like a horse! Sraight from the horse's mouth. To get someone's goat. For example:Giving the banks billions of dollars. the company will announce a large contract today. For example:He's not assertive enough to be a supervisor. is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. For example:The whole time I was singing she didn't stop talking. To eat a lot. the managing director told To hear something interesting from someone actually involved. For example:He managed to get all his money out before the bank collapsed. To eat like a horse.
For example:I was surprised when he came up with the solution. For example:As I walked into the exam room. To be like a rabbit in the headlights. it really put the cat among the pigeons. A wolf in sheep's clothing. Mutton dressed (up) as lamb.me. For example:When the photos showed him kissing a young woman. A dog and pony show. For example:His campaign was a real dog and pony show. For example:I wouldn't borrow any money off him if I were you. I Sometimes people can be correct just by being lucky. . Used to describe a woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman. but he still didn't win the election. A show or other event that has been organi ed in order to get people's support or to persuade them to buy something. To surprise everyone by suddenly doing something clever. To put a cat among the pigeons. To cause trouble. but pretends to be harmless. To be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move or think. For example:He really pulled a rabbit out of the hat by getting those orders. I was like a rabbit in the headlights. To pull a rabbit out of the hat. Someone who is dangerous. I didn't think he was that clever. Even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while. For example:She's over fifty and should really stop wearing mini skirts if she doesn't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb. He's a real wolf in sheep's clothing.
To raise a false alarm about something. The early bird catches the worm. The worm has turned. To have a tiger by the tail. To open a can of worms. For example:Trying to deal with the problem of drugs on the streets is like grabbing a tiger by the tail. . To speak frankly and openly. To cry wolf. For example:I wouldn't borrow any money off him if I were you.. For example:Investors have become skeptical of the ability of CEOs to pull higher stock prices out of their hats.guess that even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while. To have become associated with something powerful and potentially dangerous. To talk turkey. For example:When the government invited online petitions through its website. the early bird catches the worm. and the only way we'll do it is to talk turkey. He's a real wolf in sheep's clothing. it found it had opened a can To do something that exposes a very difficult issue or set of problems. Someone who is dangerous. he's always crying wolf. When a usually meek person or group of people becomes angry. The worm has turned. For example:Don't take any notice of him. A wolf in sheep's clothing. For example:We need to solve this problem. but pretends to be harmless. After all. For example:I'll go to work early tomorrow. If you do something in a timely manner you will succeed.
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The long arm of the law. For example:Running this web site costs me an arm and a leg. You never escape the long arm of the law. For example:He chanced his arm on the horses. A shot in the arm. To want something very much. For example:When I do a new vocabulary unit my list of things to do is as long as your arm. To chance your arm. For example:His son's visits were a real shot in the arm for the old man. A very long list. For example:I told him not to do it. The police. To cost an arm and a leg. Give your right arm. Extremely expensive. For example:When I'm in Germany I'd give my right arm for some decent bacon. To take a chance in order to get something that you want. Something which has a sudden and positive effect on something. .Idiom/Saying Explanation A list as long as your arm. Strong-arm For example:The police used strong-arm tactics to break up To use force and threats to make people do what you demand.
To do something without them knowing. The last thing that someone has left. Back to back For example:British cities are full of back to back housing. To get someone's back up. For example:I bought the car behind his back and now he's really angry. To twist someone's arm. in a way which is unfair. A polite phrase for rectum. To be close together and facing in opposite directions. For example:If you got off her back about studying she might do better. Behind someone's back. To get off someone's back. To break your back. For example:He's so generous he'd give you the shirt off his back. For example:I don't know why English teachers break their backs for so little reward. For example:She didn't want to study English. but the teacher twisted her arm. Back passage For example:The doctor examined his back passage. To work extremely hard. if you asked him. . To persuade someone to do something they do not want to do. To tell someone to stop criticizing. To really annoy someone. The shirt off someone's back.the protest.
just to get my back up. clinically known as central obesity. For example:I had to turn my back on it before I became ill. Water off a duck's back. To say nasty things about someone when they are not there. Criticisms of or warnings to a particular person that have no effect on that person. .For example:She does it deliberately. To stop being involved. For example:Most women find a beer belly very unattractive. To scratch someone's back. To stab someone in the back. For example:He thought they were his friends until they stabbed him in the back. it was water off a duck's back to him. To offer to help someone if they help you. Aka: abdominal obesity. To turn your back on something/someone. A beer belly (or pot belly) is . even though she knows I don't like it. For example:If I give you the planning permission you have to vote for me on the council. For example: A politically organized group of people under a single government. To be unwilling to allow something to happen. To have a beer belly. is the accumulation of visceral fat resulting in an increase in waist si e. For example:The crowd was booing but he carried on anyway. Over my dead body. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. Body politic For example: Judge Sydney Harris ordered the crown to return to the Body Politic all material sei ed during the raid.
For example:People often pick my brain on the forum. For example:During the robbery the security guard was brained. To be physically strong but not very intelligent." Bottom out. To be all brawn and no brain. For example:I've been beating my brains out trying to remember more brain idioms. For example:The country's brain drain began to reverse as professors returned from abroad. To beat your brains out. To pick someone's brain. For example:The economy has bottomed out and must start to get better this year. I told her she could go over my dead body. Very smooth. . To reach the lowest point in a continuously changing situation and to be about to improve. The movement of people with education and skills from their own country to another country where they are paid more for their work. Brain drain.When she asked me if she could go to the pop festival. To hit someone on the head. For example:Feel this cloth. She's only 15! As smooth as a baby's bottom. it's as smooth as a baby's bottom. For example:The trouble with many footballers is that they're all brawn and no brains. To ask for information or advice from someone who knows more about a subject than you do. To spend a lot of time worrying about a problem and thinking about how to deal with it. To brain someone.
When you say something as a joke. For example:There were over twenty people living in the house. To tell someone about something that has been worrying you or making you feel guilty for a long time. To put hairs on your chest.Scatterbrain / Scatterbrained For example:She had to go home to get her handbag. For example:She wore a calf length dress to the party. he's so brainy. Tongue in cheek. To beat your breast/chest. although I suspect it was tongue in cheek. For example:They said that he was America's greatest President. For example:There's no point in beating your breast/chest about it . For example:To drink something that is alcoholic or eat something nice. . If things or people are cheek by jowl. To get sth off your chest. Clothing or boots that end at the middle point between the foot and the knee.she won't come back. She's such a scatterbrain! Brainy For example:He always gets good marks. Calf length. For example:When I told him I was leaving I was glad to get it off my chest. they are very close together. They were living cheek by jowl. Cheek by jowl. Clever A flighty and disorganized person. To show grief or guilt in an obvious or public way. although you might appear to be serious.
Keep your chin up. Elbow grease. For example:I told her to keep her chin up and everything would be ok in the end. To be forced to leave somewhere because you have done something wrong. usually as a punishment. Spit was all ears. . he was out on his ear. Thanks to Poetria for the reminder. To hit someone on the ear. The next. To be out on your ear. For example:- To do some hard work. it will all be over soon. For example:A. especially when you are cleaning something. For example:The teacher threatened to box his ears if he didn't stop being cheeky. Something you say to someone to tell them to have confidence.Get that down you. Take it on the chin. For example:One day. For example:To be waiting eagerly to hear about something. Thanks to Spitzgogo for a timely reminder. Something that you say to someone in a difficult situation in order to encourage them to be brave and to try not to be sad. B. he was the CEO of a major company. I've got my exams tomorrow. To be all ears. To be brave and not complain when bad things happen to you or people criticise you. To box someone's ears. or because your work is not good enough. it'll put hairs on your chest. Chin up. Chin up. For example:In spite of the setbacks he took it all on the chin and set up the business anyway. When she heard their was an important message for her.
When someone or something is particularly attractive or noticeable. she was gone. it's so small. For example:In the blink of an eye. To watch carefully for someone or something to appear. Enough space to move around in. Keep an eye out for something / someone. For example:He kept an eye on the dogs whilst I went to the gym. To watch or look after something or someone. his girlfriend gave him the elbow last week. If something can be seen with the naked eye. In the blink of an eye. Extremely quickly. For example:I daren't invite friends to stay because there's no elbow room in my flat. . To end a romantic relationship with someone. or The freedom to do what you want to do.If you use some elbow grease on your furniture it will make the wood look lovely. For example:He's very depressed. Run your eye over. Elbow room. eye-catching For example:She wore an eye-catching blouse. To give someone the elbow. The naked eye For example:Amoebas are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Keep an eye on something / someone. To look quickly at the whole of something. For example:Whilst his partner robbed the bank. he kept an eye out for the police. it can be seen without the help of a microscope.
Itchy feet. See eye to eye. For example:Governments often turn a blind eye to corruption.For example:You should run your eye over that message before you send it. To ignore something that you know is wrong. so keep your eyes peeled for anything suspicious. and decisions. actions. To shock people. For example:It is hard to keep your feet on the ground when you suddenly become famous. To raise eyebrows. For example:My husband and I agree on most things. To watch very carefully. but now I'm getting itchy feet. For example:I've been living in Germany for over 12 years. To have a realistic understanding of your own ideas. For example:To be deliberately slow (usually because you don't want to do something). To be restless and have a strong desire to travel. To drag your feet. For example:Her decision to appear in Playboy raised a few eyebrows. . Turn a blind eye. . Keep your feet on the ground. For example:There have been several burglaries in the area. we usually see eye to eye. To share the same opinion. Keep your eyes peeled.
I suspect the government is dragging its feet over lowering taxes. People. Keep your fingers crossed." For example: He was a very influential man. usually children. or a positive outcome.that's if he doesn't get cold feet! To put your feet up. "To not lift a finger." To be unwilling to help. To suddenly become too frightened to do something you had planned to do. sometimes cross their fingers behind their back when they're telling a lie thinking it gives them immunity. To get cold feet. For example:They're getting married next week . so keep your fingers crossed for me. For example:After a long day shopping she looked forward to putting her feet up with a nice cup of tea. For example:It's no good crossing your fingers. To be a butterfingers. but he dropped it! What a butterfingers! Cross fingers. Somebody who often drops things To relax. For example:I've got an exam tomorrow at 9am. . he seemed to have a finger in every pie. For example:He had the ball. For example: To literally cross your middle finger over your first finger to try and hope for a bit of luck.) To be involved in lots of different things. I want to know the truth! "Have a finger in every pie. (Not to be confused with keeping your fingers crossed for luck.
At first-hand. If you experience something first-hand. For example:She was worried about the project. Pull your finger out. To put your finger on something. To do your very best. I'm all fingers and thumbs today. For example:The applicant should have first-hand knowledge of accounting procedures. To say something by accident which embarrasses or upsets someone. For example:I really put my foot in it with Alison. For example:If you put your best foot forward you'll be sure to pass the exam. I had no idea she was married. especially when something is wrong. For example:He knew that his next door neighbour had pointed the finger at him. To put your foot in it. you experience it yourself. but couldn't put her finger on what was wrong. Best foot forward . To discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is. To be clumsy and unable to hold things steadily without fear of dropping or damaging them. To be all fingers and thumbs. For example:While I was baking the cake I dropped two eggs.When I fell over no one lifted a finger to help me To point the finger. To start working harder. To accuse someone of being responsible for something bad that has happened. . For example:To pass her exams she had to pull her finger out.
To get in somone's hair. For example:When it comes to what appears on this web site. For example:She was a dab hand at drawing. For example: They caught him red-handed as he tried to rob the bank . To be caught red handed. An alcoholic drink taken when one has a hangover. To have an extremely close relationship. To have the upper hand. To have a free hand. I have a free hand. One whisky and the hangover was gone. The hair of the dog. To have the power to do what you want. To pull your hair out. To be very good at something. For example:I felt better after having a hair of the dog. To be hand in glove. To have power and control over someone or a situation. She really gets in my hair. For example:In the UK the upper classes still have the upper hand. For example:She's got a test tomorrow and she's pulling her hair out. To be discovered doing something illegal or wrong. especially at work. To annoy someone. To be very worried about something. To be a dab hand. For example:She texts me every other minute. .
For example: We finished in no time at all with everyone's help. Conceited When everyone helps to do something. For example:I'm going to pickle a gummy bear in a jar of formaldehyde. grief. Many hands make light work. Eat your heart out Damien Hirst! Have a heart. Many hands make light work. he's been a real bighead. Heartwarming For example:The story of the dog who saved the life of its owner was such a heartwarming story. . it gets done quickly. Ask someone to be kinder to you. Bighead For example:Ever since he came top of the class. Warmhearted Someone who is very kind and generous.For example: They make a great team. Eat your heart out. For example:Student: Have you marked my homework yet? Teacher: Have a heart! You only handed it in yesterday! Heartbroken For example:She was heartbroken when she found out she hadn't got the job. If someone says eat your heart out followed by the name of a famous person. or disappointment. They work hand in glove. they are joking that they are even better than that person. Suffering from or exhibiting overwhelming sorrow. Something that causes a feeling gladness and pleasure.
For example:Alcohol was always his Achilles heel. To look shabby due to a lack of money A small fault or weakness in a person or system that can result in its failure. For example:The restaurant looked very down at heel. To be completely controlled by something or someone. For example:There were over twenty people living in the house.For example:She'll help anyone who needs it. they are very close together. What a heel! Achilles heel. To warm the cockles of your heart For example:A baby's smile will warm the cockles of even the meanest person's heart. For example:We had a good old knees up at the pub. A person who treats other people badly and unfairly. To have a knees up. and then left her. Something you see or hear that makes you feel happy because it shows that people can be kind and good. she's such a warmhearted person. To be under the heel. Down at heel. . If things or people are cheek by jowl. For example:He took all her money. To have a party. Cheek by jowl. For example:The people rose up as one to get out from under the heel of oppression. They were living cheek by jowl. A heel.
For example:Governments often turn a blind eye to corruption. For example:Do I ever cross your mind? Thanks to Hekner for the reminder. especially at work. especially used in the theatre.Break a leg. Word of mouth In speech but not in writing. To cost an arm and a leg. To give someone a leg up. To pull someone's leg. For example:She needed a leg up to get on the horse. To feel sad or depressed. isn't it? Well break a leg. To help someone onto or over something or to help them improve their situation. Used to wish someone good luck. . Extremely expensive. To cross someone's mind. For example:It's your debut tonight. He could talk the hind legs of a donkey. To be down in the mouth. To talk for a long time without stopping. To think about something or someone. For example:She was very shocked until she realised he was only pulling her leg. For example:Running this web site costs me an arm and a leg. To talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey. To try to persuade someone to believe something which is not true as a joke. For example:He is so boring.
For example:Before the exam I was a bag of nerves. What a lot of nerve! To be brash. To have a brass neck. To get it in the neck. For example:He asked me to do his homework for him. For example:It's awful having a boss who breathes down your neck all the time. watching everything that they do. To be very nervous.For example:She was looking really down in the mouth. To take a risk. To be up to your neck in sth. For example:She'll get it in the neck for not doing her homework. or to have too much of the thing stated. To stick your neck out. Someone who is extremely confident about themselves and are unable to understand that their behaviour is unacceptable to others. . To breathe down sb's neck. rude or arrogent. To be punished or severely criticized for something that you have To stay so close to someone. so I asked her what the matter was. A bag (bundle) of nerves. For example:He's got a brass neck to take time off when we're so busy. For example:She's up to her neck in work. that it's annoying. For example:She really stuck her neck out expanding the business. To be very involved in a situation. A lot of nerve.
To annoy someone. Keep your nose to the grindstone. For example:The teacher really gets on my nerves when she goes on about correct spelling and grammar. To work hard.To get on someone's nerves. To win by a very small margin. For example:If you want to pass your exams you'll have to keep your nose to the grindstone. To win by a nose. even if it is not in your best interest. For example:She should have gone with them. When a woman says she is going to "powder her nose". To do something because you are angry. Cut off your nose to spite your face. For example:It's no skin off my nose if I win or lose. For example:To not like something because you think it is not good enough for you. she would have enjoyed it. For example:She won by a nose. It was a very close race. I'm just going to powder my nose. She's just cutting off her nose to spite her face. To annoy someone. To powder your nose. You can use this expression to show that you don't care if something happens or not. Turn your nose up at something. she means she is going to the toilet. For example:Excuse me a moment. For example:People who don't clean up after their dogs really get up my nose. To get up sb's nose. . It's no skin off my nose.
For example:Think skinned people shouldn't go into politics. you soon develop a thick skin. To react angrily to something that someone says or does. If you are thin-skinned. To get your teeth into something. For example:He escaped by the skin of his teeth.She turned her nose up at my homemade cakes. / To be thick skinned. To have a thin skin. . For example:He did really well in his exams after he got his teeth into learning English. but she didn't have to jump down my throat. For example:I know I annoyed her. you get upset when people criticize you. To have a thick skin. By the skin of your teeth. To only just manage to do something. she only likes shop bought ones. / To be thin skinned. For example:If you work as a salesperson. or think people are critisizing you when they aren't. To get completely involved in something. To jump down someone's throat. To ram something down someone's throat. If you are thick-skinned. For example:Nearly every family has a skeleton in the cupboard. you do not notice or get upset when people criticize you. Skeleton in the closet / cupboard. If you have a skeleton in the cupboard it means you have are hiding a shocking secret about yourself. For example:She's a vegetarian. To try and force someone to accept something against their will. but she doesn't ram her views down your throat.
For example:Be careful what you say. For example: He'll have to learn to toe the line. What's the matter. or growing plants.To have a frog in your throat. one slip of the tongue and we're all in trouble. I've got a bit of a frog in my throat. To twiddle your thumbs. For Competent . For example:Excuse me (cough cough). When you say something as a joke. For example:Her garden won many pri es. but you just can't actually remember it. has the cat got your tongue? The tip of your tongue. To have a green thumb. For example:They kept me waiting for two hours with nothing to do but twiddle my thumbs. People said she had green thumbs. To do nothing or to have nothing useful to do while you are waiting for something to happen. Something someone else might say to you if you don't say anything to them. To have a tight feeling in your throat and be unable to speak clearly until you give a slight cough. If you have a green thumb or even green thumbs it means you are good at gardening. if he wants to get on in this organisation. Toe the line. The feeling you get when you know something. Tongue in cheek. although you might appear to be serious. When you say something something which you did not mean to say. Has the cat got your tongue? For example:I know that you know the answer to this question. A slip of the tongue. To conform to certain rules or standards. For example:His name is on the tip of my tongue.
although I suspect it was tongue in cheek. For example:I knew I should have said something to make her feel better. To be long in the tooth. As if your tongue were tied in knots.For example:They said that he was America's greatest President. and so you are unable to speak. To be tongue tied. For example:He's a bit long in the tooth for her. Describes the feeling (familiar to many language learners) that you get when you can't seem to find the right words to say. More idioms and sayings To be too old for something. . but I was completely tongue tied.
For example: "It's no good trying to build a website if you don't know any html. To do something that makes it impossible for you to change your plans and go back to the situation you were in before. Explanation It takes a long time to do an important job." Like a ton of bricks For example: " The news of the accident hit me like a ton of bricks. You cannot do something correctly without the necessary materials/knowledge." To burn your bridges For example: "When he handed in his resignation he had burnt his bridges. To be affected strongly or forcefully by something." You can't make bricks without straw." Rome wasn't built in a day. To be careful or try to make something safe when it is too late. .Idioms and Sayings About Buildings Idiom/Saying To bank on something/someone For example: "You can always bank on friends to help you. To keep asking someone to do something which they never do. For example: "Trying to get them to do their homework is like banging my head against a brick wall." To lock the barn door after the horse has bolted For example: "Buying a burglar alarm after the break in was like locking the barn door after the horse had bolted." To be banging/hitting your head against a brick wall. you can't make bricks without straw. Something or someone you can be sure of.
For example: Thanks to 2-dog-farm "It's taken me years to build this site." To hold the fort For example: "He has been holding the fort at his company while his boss is on vacation. a poorly thought out plan/action." Make oneself at home For example: "I always make myself at home when I visit the in-laws. and I'm still not finished! Still. "He was really in the doghouse after borrowing his father's car without permission. To act as if you were at home." Close to home For example: "What the fortune teller said about my past life hit close to home." On the house Something badly put together and easily knocked down. often by acting as a temporary substitute." Castles in the air For example: " She is always building castles in the air and is very unrealistic. . wishes or interests." House of cards For example: "The peace agreement between the two countries was like a house of cards and quickly fell apart. Something provided free by a business especially in a bar or restaurant. Rome wasn't built in a day. To cope in an emergency. To be near to someone`s personal feelings. To have daydreams. it was uncanny." To be in the doghouse For example: To be in trouble.
. he should know that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Organi e one`s own private affairs." Run-of-the-mill For example: "Nothing extraordinary happened the whole day was very run-of-the-mill. go into a rage. go into a rage.For example: "The club was celebrating its anniversary so the drinks were on the house." People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones For example: "He was always telling people to be honest and then he stole the money. Do not complain about other people if you are as bad as they are." To go through the mill For example: "Since his divorce he has really gone through the mill. Something that is ordinary or usual. his mother went through the roof. To cause alot of applause or laughter." To bring the house down For example: "The last act was so good they brought the house down." To go through the roof For example: "When she saw how dirty his clothes were. To become very angry." Put one`s own house in order For example: "The government should put its own house in order before it tells others what to do. To experience a difficult situation." To hit the roof To become very angry.
Someone who gives strong and reliable support To try to fix something after the problem has occurred. More idioms and sayings . is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. For example:"Her blindness was the elephant in the room." To be a tower of strength For example: " He has been a real tower of strength all through the divorce." 2) "I went to the hole in the wall to get some cash. " The elephant in the room." A hole in the wall 1) "We went for a drink at a little hole in the wall near the university last night.For example: "He hit the roof when he found out that his son had wrecked the family car. To be so bored that you become anxious and frustrated 1) A small place to live. A problem or situation that everyone knows about but no one mentions. 2) A cash machine." To climb the wall For example: " The journey was so boring she was soon climbing the wall. For example:"Giving the banks billions of dollars." To waste time trying to do something with little or no success. stay or work in." To knock one`s head against a brick wall For example: "I have been knocking my head against a brick wall trying to solve this week's Mind Bender." To close the stable door after the horse has bolted.
For example:To be obsessed about something." Wolf in sheep's clothing. Explanation . she's even phoned the ACA! Buckle down.Idioms and Sayings About Clothes Idiom/Saying An anorak Used to describe a dull person or an individual with a boring hobby who insists "He's got hundreds of old Japanese robots that on talking about it. To pretend to be harmless when your really dangerous. To put in a lot of effort into doing something. For example: "He realised before the exam that it was time to buckle down to some real work. To start to think seriously about how to solve a problem." Hot under the collar." To be very angry. For example: "I don't trust him. For example: "I think it was a bit below the belt when he lied to her. He's such an anorak. he insists on showing to anyone who visits. I think he's a wolf in sheep's clothing." For example: Below the belt." To have a bee in your bonnet. For example: "The economy is in a mess. To do something in an unfair or cowardly way. For example:"She got very hot under the collar when I told her someone had scratched her car. She's got a real bee in her bonnet about that new advertising campaign. it's time for everyone to put their thinking caps on." To put on your thinking cap.
For example: "She had bought a new outfit and was dressed to kill. For example: "She was dressed up like a dog's dinner. For example: "They make a great team." Mutton dressed as lamb. They work hand in glove. To argue or compete without controlling your actions or feelings. For example: "The dress fitted her like a glove. To have an extremely close relationship. For example: "He was given a real dressing down for making such a stupid mistake. ." To take the gloves off. To be dressed too young for your age." Fit like a glove." To be hand in glove.Off-the-cuff. At the drop of a hat." Dressed up like a dog's dinner. To tell someone off for doing something bad. To be overdressed To make yourself look really good by wearing your best clothes. To make a decision or do something very quickly without thinking about it. For example: "In her mini skirt and short tank top. Without preparation. For example: They took the gloves off and suspended trading. she looked like mutton dressed as lamb." Dressed to kill. For example: "He made a stupid off-the-cuff remark. especially at work." To dress someone down. Fits very well.
For example: "He always works so hard on his English. To be restless or incapable of sitting still. it always burned a hole in his pocket. For example: To get upset. For example: "You can trust me. For example: "She never sits still. To have your private or personal problems discussed in public." Take one's hat off to someone. ." To have money that you just want to spend. For example: "The president was embarassed to have his dirty linen aired in public." Have ants in your pants.For example: "If he asked me out I would go at the drop of a hat." Knickers in a twist." Burn a hole in one's pocket. I'll keep anything you tell me under my hat. Not new or different. you have to take your hat off too him." Keep something under your hat. "Dame Kiri Te Kanawa really got her knickers in a twist after being compared to Susan Boyle from the TV reality show." To air one's dirty linen in public." Old hat For example: "I've been doing this job for so long it's all old hat now. For example: "He was never able to save any money. it's as though she's got ants in her pants. To admire or respect someone. To keep something you are told or know in strictest confidence.
Roll up your sleeves. For example: "When he grinned like that I knew he had a card up his sleeve. For example: "The airport was so busy it was bursting at the seams. For example: "I hear he is very ill. For example: "He went to the races and lost his shirt. For example: "Stop shouting." Stuffed shirt. I would hate to be in his shoes. To be to rigid or formal." Prepare to work hard. Don't lose your temper." On a shoestring budget. For example: "He never has a laugh or a joke. he's a real stuffed shirt. To have something in reserve in case it is needed.Bursting at the seams. To be in someone elses place or position. To have a very small amount of money for something." In someone else's shoes. For example: "We'll get the job finished if we all roll up our sleeves. keep your shirt on!" Lose one's shirt." Keep your shirt on." Card up your sleeve. . For example: "When I went to university I had to live on a shoestring budget. To be very busy or overcrowded. To lose all your money (usually in a business venture or by gambling).
For example: "When I walked into the bathroom she was just standing their in her birthday suit!" Wear the trousers. For example: To be the boss of a family or household. . so I told him to put a sock in it. For example: "He wouldn't stop complaining. You can tell who wears the trousers in their house. "His wife is always telling him what to do. (Usually with an implied threat.Put a sock in it. For example: "He was warned to keep it zipped." Keep it zipped. or else. Used to tell someone to shut up.) To be completely naked." More idioms and sayings To keep quiet about something." To be in your birthday suit.
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