Today's cartoon is about the idiom someone's lips are sealed:
When you promise to keep something a secret you say my lips are sealed. It's something you say to let someone know that you will not tell anyone else what they have just told you.
"Don't worry, Joseph. I won't tell anyone what you told me. My lips are sealed."
February 14 is St. Valentine's Day; a day when lovers express their love for each other by giving flowers, gifts, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
In honour of St. Valentine's Day, here are 5 idioms which use the word heart. These are not examples of romantic idioms. The heart idioms cover a number of situations.
When you learn something by heart, you learn it exactly and from memory.
Definition: Something that will cause an angry or violent reaction.
Money, like time, is something that we never seem to have enough of.
Here are five phrasal verbs we use to talk about spending money.
To pay for something or to send money on something especially when you don't want to.
"She's just coughed up £40 for a speeding fine."
This idiom is used at Upper Intermediate level.
When a fact or opinion is neither here nor there, it is not important.
Words that have the same meaning (synonyms) of neither here nor there are unimportant, inconsequential, irrelevant and immaterial.
First things, first. Here are four idioms and natural English expressions which using the word first.
A member of a group who has more power (or is more important) than the rest, even though officially the members are all on the same level. One person is higher than the rest when they should all be the same.
"The Pope is first among equals in the Roman Catholic Church."
Today's cartoon is based on the idiom Put your heart into something:
When you put your heart into something you make a lot of effort to do something.
"He's the kind of person who puts his heart into his job."
"She wanted her company to be a success and really put her heart into it."
Take a look at these ten well-known idioms. How many of them are you familiar with. Do you know what they mean?
Articles (the;an;a) can often cause a lot of frustration. See how spot-on you are by matching them to these everyday idioms. How well do you know these idioms. Do you have the same ones in your language?
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Submitted by Jozua van der Lugt. Teacher at EC Cape Town English language school