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Idioms

Idiom of the Day: Smell a Rat

Average: 4.5 (33 votes)

Have you ever felt that someone is telling you something that is not true? Perhaps they are trying to lie to you. In that case, you smell a rat!

When we feel that something someone or something is not honest, we smell a rat.

"I smell a rat. If John was off from work all week because he was sick, why has he got a suntan?"

Talking about relationships

Average: 2.8 (32 votes)

What type of person do you go for (what kind of person are you attracted to)? If you hit it off with someone then you immediately like and become friendly with them. When you talk in a way that shows them that you are attracted to them and you try to make them attracted to you, you chat up that person. You pair off with someone when you start a relationship with them.

Learn Food Idioms

Average: 4.3 (32 votes)

"Jemima is a tough cookie, she doesn't give up easily." When we describe someone as a tough cookie, we are saying they are a strong person.

8 Food Idioms

Here are eight idioms which include a type of food.

Idiom of the Month: Wires Crossed

Average: 4 (14 votes)

wires crossed idiom

When people get their wires crossed, they have a different understanding of the same situation. They get confused, mixed up or make a mistake.

An electrician is a person whose job is to put in, check or repair electrical wires and equipment.

Idiom of the Day: Crossing the Rubicon

Average: 3.8 (14 votes)

Definition

When we made a difficult decision from where there is no way back, we say we cross the Rubicon. Basically crossing the Rubicon means the point of no return.

Time Phrasal Verbs

Average: 3.7 (19 votes)

Time is like money, we never seem to have enough of it! Do you think you manage your time wisely? Are you good at getting things done on time? Today we look at 14 phrasal verbs that are related to how we use time.

Phrasal Verbs about Relationships

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Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.

Business English: Looking for a job

Average: 3.8 (26 votes)

Megan has been looking for a new job. She is trying to pursue a different career in the financial industry and has been to several interviews with some of the biggest financial firms in Cape Town. However, she is still having a difficult time landing her dream job. Remember if you are really interested in this subject, we have very good Business English courses available at our English schools.

Relationship and Dating Expressions

Average: 4 (23 votes)

Last month we had an English lesson on dating phrasal verbs. Today we continue the theme by looking at more English expressions used to talk about relationships.

Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!

Learn British Idioms

Average: 3.3 (26 votes)

We recently had a lesson on American Idioms, now it's time to cross the Atlantic Ocean! If you are studying or living in the UK, it is a good idea to learn some idioms that are most commonly used there! Here are some British idioms for you to look through. Can you match each idiom to the sentence it belongs to? I’ve written the literal meanings of the idioms to help you. Good luck!