Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The lion's share - The biggest part of something.
My lips are sealed - Something you say to let someone know that you will not tell anyone else what they have just told you.
Back the wrong horse - To support a person or thing that fails.
Ex: It was only after we'd invested all the money that we discovered we'd been backing the wrong horse.
Be pleased to see the back - To be pleased when someone leaves or when something ends because you did not like them.
Ex: She was an absolute pain when she stayed at us and we were both really pleased to see the back of her.
Be as busy as a bee - To be very busy or very active.
A slap on the wrist - A warning or punisment that is not severe.
Cost an arm and a leg - To be very expensive.
Ex: These opera tickets costs us an arm and a leg.
Pay through the nose - To pay too much for something.
Ex: If you want a decent wine, you have to pay through the nose for it.
Keep the wolf from the door - To have enough money to be able to eat and live.
Ex: Forty percent of the country's population receive part-time wages that barely keep the wolf from the door.
Fight like cat and dog - to argue violently all the time .
When pigs flies - something that you say which means you think there is no chance at all of something happening .
Keep someone's head - Remain calm, in control.
Your heart bleeds - if your heart bleeds for someone who is in trouble, you feel sadness and sympathy for them.
Ex: My heart bleeds for the poor children caught up in the fighting.
A bird-brain - a stupid person.
Ex: He's just a bird-brain - he can't get anything right.