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Why Do We Say 'Make no Bones about It'?

Average: 3.8 (17 votes)

To Make No Bones About Something

Meaning:

To say clearly what you think or feel about something, however unpleasant or awkward it.

To make no bones about something means to say something in a way that leaves no doubt, or to have no objection to it.

Elementary to Pre-Intermediate – Everyday Expressions

Average: 3.9 (21 votes)

When we speak to co-workers, friends or family in a social situation, some common expressions are used again and again.

This is very common for when we say "Hello" and "Good-bye".

What's a Bucket List?

Average: 4.3 (15 votes)

At EC San Deigo English school they recently had a class discussion on Bucket Lists.

A Bucket List is where you write down all of the things you want to do in your life before you die.

The term comes from the slang idiom "to kick the bucket" meaning "to die". 

7 Weather Idioms

Average: 3.4 (25 votes)

People, especially English people, love talking about the weather and there are lots of weather related idioms.

Have you come across any of these idioms before?

Read through the meanings of the idioms and then check your understanding by choosing the correct idiom for each sentence below.

Let us know how you do!

Idioms

As right as rain - Feeling fine and healthy.

Idiom: Once in a blue moon

Average: 3.7 (57 votes)

Definition:

When we say that something happens once in a blue moon, what we mean is that it happens very rarely.

History of expression:

The 'moon' in this expression does, in fact, refer to the real moon when it is full.

There are generally three full moons in a season, although sometimes there may be four.

What do you do on Sunday?

Average: 3.5 (36 votes)

Phrasal Verbs Reading

The following text contains 10 highlighted phrasal verbs. Your task is to match them to the correct definitions.

During the week I always have to get up early for work so on Sunday I love to wake up late, usually around 9am and then get up 30 minutes later.

What do you do on Sunday?

Average: 1.5 (2 votes)

Phrasal Verbs Reading

The following text contains 10 highlighted phrasal verbs. Your task is to match them to the correct definitions.

During the week I always have to get up early for work so on Sunday I love to wake up late, usually around 9am and then get up 30 minutes later.

Relationship Idioms

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These idioms could relate to relationships between friends, family members or partners. Can you work out which idiom completes each sentence? When you're finished, why not try and write some of your own sentences using these idioms?
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Idiom of the day: Keep an eye on

Average: 3.6 (24 votes)

Today we take a look at the idiom keep an eye on.

Definition

  1. To watch closely or carefully.
  2. To watch over attentively; mind.

When we keep an eye on someone or something, we watch it carefully.

Example Sentences:

Idioms from Shakespeare

Average: 3.2 (48 votes)

Finding the origins of words and sayings can be really fascinating.

All these idioms were invented by William Shakespeare and used in his famous plays. These are all used in everyday English; they are very well known.

Can you match each idiom to the correct sentence?

When see if you can write some of your own sentences with them.
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