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Idioms

Three-part phrasal verbs

Average: 3.8 (14 votes)

Face Idioms

Average: 4.1 (24 votes)

Time to face up (to bravely confront something) and take on these idioms face to face (together in the same place). Do it now so that you don't lose face (to do something which makes other people stop respecting you).

slap in the face

Something that you find insulting or that disappoints you is a slap in the face:

Idiom of the day 'Beyond the Pale'

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Idiom of the day 'Close, but no cigar'

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

Close, but no cigar

meaning: not being a winning or successful effort, as if not good enough to earn a cigar as a prize

This term is used when one almost meets with success, but not quite, therefore getting nothing in return. The expression started in the US in the twentieth century, and is said to originate from the practice of fairground stalls giving out cigars as prizes. This phrase would be said to those who failed to win a prize

Common Colour Idioms

Average: 3.8 (11 votes)

I know that English students enjoy learning new idioms. I'm sure that over the years you have come across many of them. Today we're going to review your knowledge and hopefully teach you some new ones.

The theme of today's lesson is colour idioms (or color idioms, if you prefer American) spelling. There are lot's of examples of colour idioms in English and here are ten of them. All native English speakers will be familiar with these - are you?

Idiom of the day 'That's That'

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

That's that

or 'that takes care of that'

Meaning: There is no more to be said or done; the matter is finished.

Example:

"Father said he wouldn't buy you a new car, and that's that." - I won't discuss it any longer.

"I've finished packing all the boxes, and that's that." - The task of packing the boxes is now finished.

Idiom of the day 'The Bee's Knees'

Average: 3.7 (16 votes)

When you refer to something as 'the bee's knees', it means that it is of excellent or very high quality.

The origin of this expression is largely unknown, although there are a number of theories. Some people believe that it is a reference to the fact that bees carry pollen in sacks on their knees, and that the expression therefore alludes to this concentrated goodness. Others maintain that the saying is just a corruption of the word 'business'.

10 Idioms to describe feeling good or bad

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Idioms

Read the sentences and decide if the idioms describe feeling good or bad:

    1 - Not so long ago I was down in the dumps. I lost my job. However, last week I jumped for joy when I was offered a new job.

Sports Idioms

Average: 3.3 (7 votes)

As you know, learning English is more than just learning vocabulary words and grammar rules. To really know the language, you have to know the culture. American football is such a big part of American culture that the vocabulary from this great sport (please hold the chuckles) has seeped into everyday use.

Phrasal Verb - Put One's Foot Down

Average: 3.7 (10 votes)

This month's joke is based on the double meaning of the idiom put one's foot down:

1 - To put your foot down - To act firmly / To tell someone strongly that they must do something or that they must stop doing something:
"You can't just let him do what he wants, you'll have to put your foot down."