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terça-feira, 24 de julho de 2018

Idiomatic Expressions

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

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