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Advanced Body Idioms

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An idiom is an expression used that cannot be easily understood by the meaning of each word separately.

Often an idiom, such as under the weather, does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be under the weather is to be sick.

Body Idioms

1. get/have a lump in one's throat
"I get a lump in my throat when I think about my grandfather, he died last year."

2. go for the jugular
"The journalist went for the jugular when interviewing the politician."

3. have a chip on one's shoulder
"He doesn't like to be criticised. He seems to have a real chip on his shoulder."

4. have one's back to the wall/up against the wall
"The Italian team has its back against the wall. They have to win their next game."

5. blood runs cold
"Thinking about what it must have been like on that plane when it crashed makes my blood run cold."

6. go/be belly up
"The restaurant went belly up just six months after opening."

7. bust a gut (to do something)
"I busted a gut over the weekend to get this report finished on time."

8. contemplate one's navel
"She spends too much time contemplating her navel and not doing anything."

  • a. Attack someone in a way that you know will harm them most

  • b. Feel like there is something in your throat as if you were going to cry

  • c. Be in a defensive position

  • d. Have a tendency to try to get in a conflict with others

  • e. Spend a lot of time thinking about one's own problems rather than being concerned about more important things

  • f. (a company) fails or goes bankrupt

  • g. Work very hard, strain oneself to do something

  • h. One is terrified or horrified