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idiom Definition of idiom: An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words. A term or a phrase whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definitions or arrangement of its parts. A figurative meaning that is known only through common use Example: “The test was a piece of cake!!”
To be ON LAST LEGS Example: My grandpa is on his last legs. He’s not the same as he used to be…
To be UNDER YOUR NOSE Example: He’s such a distracted person. He was looking for his glasses and they were under his nose all along!
To HAVE A SHOULDER TO CRY ON Example: It’s always good to have a best friend because he/she can be your shoulder to cry on.
To have your fingers in a lot of pies Example: He’s always so stressed because he has his fingers in a lot of pies.
To learn something by heart Example: Law is a difficult major. You have to learn many things by heart.
To make up your mind Example: Please make up your mind. Do you want vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
To play it by ear Example: I decided not to practice for the audition and just play it by ear.
To put your foot down Example: I like Jane because she always wants to be fair and she puts her foot down if it’s necessary.
To put your foot in your mouth Example: I feel so embarrassed. I can’t believe I put my foot in my mouth again!
To cost an arm and a leg Did you see her ring? Her boyfriend payed an arm and a leg for it!
1. To be very old… 2. to say something unintentionally that makes someone feel bad… 3. a person who talks too much and cannot keep secrets… 4.to keep your point firmly… 5. to refer to something that is very obvious. 6. to fool/trick/kid someone. To play a joke on someone. 7. to improvise something. 8.something that is really expensive. 9.to talk about a difficult situation 10. to make a decision 11.to help someone with something. To applaud. 12. to memorize something. 13. to have someone hear you wehn you need it. 14. to be right about something. 15. to be involved in several activities
Now… Decide which of the idioms is more appropriate Please______________ . Do you want to be my girlfriend or not? Put your foot in your mouth Make up your mind Give me a hand
If you want to learn a language. It is necessary that you _________ the verbs ____________. Have …in a lot of pies Get ….off your chest Learn…by heart
I really want to buy that car, but it costs ___________________. An arm and a leg A nail in the head Shoulder to cry on
My friends told me that there was no school today. Unfortunately, they were just ______________. a. under my nose b. giving a hand c. pulling my leg
Cindy is a great friend. She’s always willing to _______________________. A. be under your nose B. play it by ear C. give a hand