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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

English Idiom You Must Know

"in the doldrums"

Meaning:
"in the state of unhappiness and inactivity"

"cast pearls before swine"

Meaning:
"to offer something valuable to somebody who cannot appreciate it"


"mix business with pleasure"

Meaning:
"to do pleasant and profitable things at the same time"
"rain cats and dogs"

Meaning:
"to rain terribly"
"fill a gap (in one's knowledge)"

Meaning:
"to learn something that one should have learned long ago, and what is needed for full understanding"
"drive somebody into a corner"

Meaning:
"to put somebody in a difficult situation with no way out"
"have a chip on one's shoulder"

Meaning:
"to be quarrelsome and easily offended"
"kick up noise/stink"

Meaning:
"to start an uproar or a brawl"
"cut one's coat according to one's cloth"

Meaning:
"to limit one's aspirations according to available means"
"bread-winner"

Meaning:
"the feeder of a family"
"Put yourself in my boots/shoes."

Meaning:
"Try to imagine what you would do if you were me."
"Be Out/short Of  Breath"

Meaning:
"to be unable to breathe because of tiredness (e.g. after a sprint up the stairs)"
"walk on eggs / walk upon egg-shells"

Meaning:
"to behave with extreme caution"
"Put your money where your mouth is"

Meaning:
"If you are sure of your opinion, back it up with money"
"like for like"

Meaning:
"like you treat me, so shall I treat you"
"a grain of wheat in a bushel of chaff"

Meaning:
"a little result of a great effort"
"do something in the guise of something else"

Meaning:
"to do something pretending that the aim is different from that assumed"
"too much pudding will choke the dog"

Meaning:
"one may have too much of a good thing"
"nuts and bolts"

Meaning:
"the basic components of a given machinery"

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