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Idioms

Body Idioms

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About a month ago we looked at animal idioms, now lets look at idioms that use parts of the body. For example,

"She was talking about medicine, but it all went completely over my head."

Nothing was thrown over somebody’s head! This is an expression meaning that something was too difficult for you to understand.

Idiom of the day: Stand in the way of someone / something

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rash

Look Phrasal Verbs

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A few weeks ago we looked at 'Get' phrasal verbs, now lets take a look at some of the ones that use the verb ‘look’. Remember, phrasal verbs can take a long time to get used to, just practise practise practise and try to use them in your day to day conversations.

Today's lesson is by Caroline
 

Idiom of the day: Draw A Blank

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What does "draw a blank mean"?

Meaning: to fail to get an answer or a result; be unsuccessful.

Animal Idioms - Intermediate Level

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There are loads of idioms in the English language that include animals. Many of you will have heard of the famous 'it's raining cats and dogs', especially if you are studying in England! Of course it's not really raining cats and dogs, it's just raining a lot.

All you need to do is decide which animal from the list goes with which idiom.

Why don't you also post what the literal meaning of these idioms are! Enjoy!

Today's lesson is by Caroline

How and when to use 'Nerve' idioms

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nerves (noun) are a group of long thin fibres that carry information or instructions between the brain and other parts of the body. A nerve is like an electric cable that passes electric current. When your hand touches a something hot, the hand sends the feeling to the brain through nerves.

You don't have to be a doctor to use the word nerve because it is used in a few natural English expressions you should know.

Idioms of the day: "Don't rub it in!" & "Get my head around!"

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Here's part of a conversation I overheard in the office this morning.

Business English Idiom: Olive Branch

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Take a look at this sentence which appears on businessweek's website report on an official visit by a US politician to China:

"U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s visit to Beijing is a “very encouraging” development that offers an “olive branch” to China ahead of a series of meetings."

Education Idioms

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Here are five idioms and phrases that are useful when talking about education.

learn something by heart

To memorise something in such a way that you can say it from memory.

"I learnt the poem by heart."

with flying colours

To succeed easily, with a very high mark or grade.

"I'm confident that Jenny will pass her English exam with flying colours."

Animal Idioms - A lesson for intermediate students

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Look at the different explanations of each idiom and then order the words of the idiom that match the explanation.

1) Tony really drinks a lot of alcohol.

Tony fish like a drinks


2) Whenever the boss is out of the office, the colleagues do whatever they want.

mice will the cat’s When the away play


3) I am really nervous about my job interview.