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V.7.2 - Idiomatic Language

Colour idioms

Average: 3.9 (19 votes)

Here are some common colour idioms and expressions. Are any of these similar in your language?

black idioms

black and white

When something is black and white it is very clear to understand and decide if you think it is good or bad.

'This is a black and white situation. You are either with us or against us.'

Body idioms

Average: 3.8 (18 votes)

Here are ten common idioms which are related to body parts:

foot in mouth

To put your foot in your mouth means that you say or do something that accidentally embarrasses or offends another person

'I put my foot in my mouth when I called by brother's new wife by his ex-wife's name.'

Time idioms

Average: 3.7 (70 votes)

Time is a precious. Most of us don't have enough of it and wish we had more. There are lots of English expressions using time. Here are 20 of them and what they mean. Check them out, there's no time to lose:

on time

to be on time means not to be late. You arrive at the right time.

Shop idioms

Average: 4 (11 votes)

Here some idioms which use the word 'shop'.  When you have read the article below, see if you can match the right idiom to the right sentence.

to talk shop

To talk about your job when you are not in work. Usually to discuss business in your free time.

'Whenever I go out with my co-workers we always end up talking shop.'

Phrasal Verb - 'Step on'

Average: 3.7 (15 votes)

Let's take a look at the phrasal verb step on. Here it can be seen as having two meanings:

ten animal idioms

Average: 4.3 (32 votes)

'Are you bull-headed?'  What does that mean?

Business English: Sporting idioms in business

Average: 3.5 (12 votes)

Business English

  'Approaching the finish line.'

It's a sporting summer with the Beijing Olympics underway. In Business English we use a number of idioms (natural English expressions) which are connected to sport.

Here are a few of the most common. Which sports do you think they are connected to?

Idioms using nationalities and countries

Average: 4.6 (9 votes)

Olympics

It’s the first day of the Summer Olympic in Beijing and as the Olympics is a truly global event we thought we would give you some Idioms and natural English expressions which use the names of countries and nationalities. These expressions are mostly used in spoken English.

Wherever you come from, I hope your country does well! 

To go Dutch – to split the bill in a restaurant between everyone who ate together.

'weekend' idioms and more!

Average: 3.8 (12 votes)

A Sunday driver!

Here are some expressions that use words related to your favourite time of the week...the weekend!

Cartoon - English Joke 2

Average: 4 (13 votes)

"What do you mean, he rides his bike like lightning?"

"He's always hitting trees!"

 

Explanation:

Today's joke is based on the expression ...like lightning. We usually use this metaphor to mean that something happens quickly or fast. For example: