Tuesday, 17 November 2009
We're organizing a hen party for Luiza this weekend. She'll love it!
(a party for women, happening only before getting married)
Mary is not a trustworthy person, she always lets the cat out of the bag. (reveal a secret)
Could you give me a hand? I can't use this computer. (help)
I had the answer to that question as it was on the tip of my tongue. (I knew the answer for sure)
I have butterflies in my stomach. (I am very nervous)
When my mother saw what I had been doing, I got egg on my face. (to be made to look stupid)
The show was so crowded that people were shoulder to shoulder from the beginning to the end! (in close proximity; side by side)
John said he was about to get on stage, so I said to him: "Break a leg!" (good luck)
You cannot hand that report to your boss. It is a dog's dinner. (messy, not properly done)
The main step is to be young at heart. ( still feel young)
Monday, 16 November 2009
Idioms with animals
Have ants in your pants- to not be able to keep still because you are very excited or worried about something:
She's got ants on her pants because she's going to a party tonight.
Be busy as a bee- be very busy or very active.
She's as busy as a bee,always going to meeting and organizing parties.
Have butterflies (in stomach)- to feel very nervous,ussually about sometinhg you are going to do.
She has butterflies in her stomach as she walked out onto the stage.
Monkey see, monkey do- silly or unintelligent people tend to copy each other's actions.
Our one-year-old is saying bad words now. I told my husband, "Monkey see, monkey do!"
Monday, 9 November 2009
In the blink of an eye, he was gone!(extremely quickly)
His parents footed the bill for his course's fees.(to pay an amount of money for sth)
From the top of my head, all I can think of is my next holiday.(the first thing that comes to one's head)
I have a gut feeling this is going nowhere.(I can sense it)
She asked me how I was with a twinkle in her eye.(having a cheerful expression)
Phillipe had decided to stay on as a student, but now he has other/bigger fish to fry.(to have sth else better or more important to do)
I am in the doghouse - I broke Sara's favourite vase this morning.( someone is annoyed with you and shows their disapproval)
Never look a gift horse in the mouth! (be ungrateful for what you are given)
I've been working like a dog. (to work a lot)
Now that the relationship is over, he is as free as a bird.(to be absolutely free)
I think I will wait in here till the cows come home.(for a long time)
Sunday, 8 November 2009
an old bat – an unpleasant old woman. She's an old bat!
as busy as a bee – If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
like a fish out of water – If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water. On my first day at that s chool, I felt like a fish out of water.
As John hurt her feelings, Kelly's giving him the cold shoulder.(She is ignoring him.)
His youngest son was the apple of his eye.(The person who someone loves most and is very proud of.)
My stepfather and I, we just don't see eye to eye.(We don't agree.)
They are set to meet head to head in next week's final.(When two groups of people face each other directly to decide the result of a disagreement or competition.)
Waiting in line is a pain in the neck. (Somebody or something that bugs you, annoys or bothers you.)
Regarding the students' results, the weight is all on my shoulders.( To have full responsibility for something.)