What are Idioms? | Part 3

A few months ago, EC English Language Centres has launched our series of eBooks – known as EC Fundamentals – to help students to succeed in their studies and achieve their English goals. So, if you are studying in one of our schools or would like to are planning to join us soon, keep your eyes on our blog to learn useful tips of how to improve your English skills and enrich your vocabulary.

Let´s have a look at a few more illustrated examples of common idioms and take your English to the next level.

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Rub it in


There are two ways of using this idiom: we can say ‘rub it in’ or ‘rub it in (someone’s) face’. If someone ‘rubs it in’, they continue talking about something or doing something that makes you upset or embarrassed.

e.g. We all know she made a mistake, but you don’t have to rub it in.
e.g. I wanted to rub it in their faces, so I said, “I’ll be thinking of you working while I’m on vacation.


Long face

long face

Here’s a popular, old joke that everyone in the English-speaking world knows:

A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “Why the long face?”

‘Why the long face?’ is an idiomatic expression meaning ‘why do you look sad?’

As you know, a horse, compared to a human, really does have a long face! We can use ‘long face’ to describe someone’s physical appearance e.g. “I have a long face but my brother’s is quite round, but as an idiom long face means to look unhappy or sad:

e.g. “Why the long face, Chiharu?” “I failed my exam!”

These are just a few example of popular English idioms. Download our Idioms eBook now to find out more and continue learning!

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