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segunda-feira, 22 de abril de 2019

Electric Cars in Norway

English Idiomatic Expressions

When something
is done badly to save money.
Kill two birds with one stoneThis idiom means, to accomplish two different things at
the same time.
Last strawThe final problem in a series of problems.
Let sleeping dogs lieMeaning - do not disturb a situation as it is - since
it would result in trouble or complications.
Elvis has left the buildingThe show has come to an end. It's all over.
Drastic times call for drastic measuresWhen you are extremely desperate you need to take
drastic actions.
Method to my madnessAn assertion that, despite one's approach seeming
random, there actually is structure to it.
Don't put all your eggs in one basketDo not put all your resources in one possibility.
Don't give up the day jobYou are not very good at something. You could
definitely not do it professionally.
Don't count your chickens before the eggs
have hatched
This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans
for something that might not happen".
Hit the sack / sheets / hayTo go to bed.
Cut the mustard [possibly derived from
"cut the muster"]
To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough
to compete or participate
Ball is in your courtIt is up to you to make the next decision or step
Actions speak louder than wordsPeople's intentions can be judged better by what they
do than what they say.
At the drop of a hatMeaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
Back to the drawing boardWhen an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
Cross that bridge when you come to itDeal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary,
not before.
Bite off more than you can chewTo take on a task that is way to big.
Burn the midnight oilTo work late into the night, alluding to the time
before electric lighting.
Piece of cakeA job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
Beat around the bushAvoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about
the issue.
Be glad to see the back ofBe happy when a person leaves.
Devil's AdvocateTo present a counter argument
Add insult to injuryTo further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen
an unfavorable situation.
Hear it on the grapevineThis idiom means 'to hear rumors' about something or
A hot potatoSpeak of an issue (mostly current) which many people
are talking about and which is usually disputed
Give the benefit of the doubtBelieve someone's statement, without proof.
Hit the nail on the headDo or say something exactly right
Barking up the wrong treeLooking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
Let the cat out of the bagTo share information that was previously concealed
See eye to eyeThis idiom is used to say that two (or more people)
agree on something.
Speak of the devil!This expression is used when the person you have just
been talking about arrives.
Make a long story shortCome to the point - leave out details
Picture paints a thousand wordsA visual presentation is far more descriptive than
Take with a grain of saltThis means not to take what someone says too seriously.
To hear something straight from the
horse's mouth
To hear something from the authoritative source.
Whole nine yardsEverything. All of it.
Steal someone's thunderTo take the credit for something someone else did.
Keep something at bayKeep something away.
A penny for your thoughtsA way of asking what someone is thinking
It takes two to tangoActions or communications need more than one person
Put wool over other people's eyesThis means to deceive someone into thinking well of
Can't judge a book by its coverCannot judge something primarily on appearance.
Costs an arm and a legThis idiom is used when something is very expensive.
Blessing in disguiseSomething good that isn't recognized at first.
Every cloud has a silver liningBe optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better
Miss the boatThis idiom is used to say that someone missed his or
her chance
Caught between two stoolsWhen someone finds it difficult to choose between two
Best of both worldsMeaning: All the advantages.
Your guess is as good as mineTo have no idea, do not know the answer to a question
Wouldn't be caught deadWould never like to do something
Jump on the bandwagonJoin a popular trend or activity.
Far cry fromVery different from.
Taste of your own medicineMeans that something happens to you, or is done to you,
that you have done to someone else
Sit on the fenceThis is used when someone does not want to choose or
make a decision.
Cry over spilt milkWhen you complain about a loss from the past.
Best thing since sliced breadA good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
Not playing with a full deckSomeone who lacks intelligence.
Off one's rockerCrazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or
befuddled state of mind, senile.
On the ballWhen someone understands the situation well.
Once in a blue moonMeaning: Happens very rarely.
Feel a bit under the weatherMeaning: Feeling slightly ill.
Curiosity killed the catBeing Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant
In the heat of the momentOverwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
Not a spark of decencyMeaning: No manners