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What are English Idioms? Part 2

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English idioms are a challenging topic for many English learners, so today we’re going to talk about another 2 commonly used English idioms to help you boost your language skills. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out part 1 of our English idioms here.

Let’s get started!

My lips are sealed

When you promise to keep something a secret you can say ‘my lips are sealed’. It’s something you say to let someone know that they can trust you and that you will not tell anyone else what they have just told you.

e.g. Don’t worry, Joseph. I won’t tell anyone what you told me. My lips are sealed.

In the cartoon above, the man’s lips are LITERALLY sealed – they are stuck because he accidentally ate some glue!

*Another common way of telling someone that they can trust you is to say ‘your secret is safe with me.’

Don´t stand in my way

If something is ‘in the way’, then it is stopping you from getting to where you want to go. For example:

e.g. We had to stop the car because a cow was in the way! (I couldn’t continue driving because the cow was in the middle of the road)

We use the idiom ‘stand in the way’ when we want to talk about something or someone that tries to stop or prevent something from happening. Let’s look at some examples to make this clearer:

e.g. You know I won’t stand in your way if you want to apply for a job abroad. (If you want to work in another country, I will not stop you)

e.g. I’d never stand in the way of her plans. (I would never stop her from doing what she want to do)

e.g. She plans to become a doctor and no one had better stand in her way. (She wants to become a doctor and nothing will stop her)

Would you like to learn more about English Idioms? Download our FREE Idioms eBook now and take your English to the next level!

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