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quinta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2013

Idioms (2)

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This month’s idioms are based on some of our favourite foods. How many do you know?

idiom (n): an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made

It's as easy as pie
If something is as easy as pie, it is very, very easy!
"Learning how to ride a bike is as easy as pie!"

To have a finger in many pies
If you have a finger in many pies, you are involved in a lot of different things.
"He's always busy doing something. He has his fingers in many pies."

It's not my cup of tea
If something isn't your cup of tea, it's something you don't like or aren't interested in.
"I know opera is very popular, but it's really not my cup of tea."

It's as useful as a chocolate teapot
If something is as useful as a chocolate teapot, it is totally useless!
"At the beach this summer we only had factor 5 suncream, which was about as useful as a chocolate teapot!"

To be full of beans
If you are full of beans, you have lots of energy.
"The children are full of beans in the morning, but they always need a little sleep by the middle of the afternoon."

To spill the beans
To spill the beans is to tell someone about something, especially something you shouldn't tell someone about.
"We spent ages planning Kate's surprise party, but John spilled the beans and mentioned it to her the day before!"

To go bananas
To go bananas is to go completely crazy.
"When they told the children about the JustinBieber concert, they went bananas!"

It's a case of sour grapes 
A case of sour grapes is when someone reacts to someone else's good news in a jealous way.
"Jennifer thinks she didn't get the job because she's a woman, but I think it's just a case of sourgrapes."

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