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segunda-feira, 13 de maio de 2013

Idioms (5)

© Clever Pants 2012

Got a lot on your plate?
This month all of our idioms are connected to domestic life. 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. 

A lot on my plate
If you have got a lot on your plate, you are very busy and have commitments.
“I’m a bit stressed this week. I have a lot on my plate.”

A watched pot never boils
Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.
“I’ve been looking at my phone all day waiting for him to call.” “Well, a watched pot neverboils!”

Brush something under the carpet
If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
“The government are trying to brush the corruption scandal under the carpet.”

Come out of the woodwork
When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly. ('Crawl out of thewoodwork' is also used.)
“When she became famous all of her exboyfriends started coming out of the woodwork.”

Everything but the kitchen sink
If people include everything but the kitchen sink, they include every possibility, regardless of whether they are useful.
“It took ages to pack for the camping trip because Jim wanted to take everything but the kitchen sink!”

You've made your bed - you'll have to lie in it
This means that someone will have to live with the consequences of their own actions.
“You knew it was wrong to do it. Now you’ve made your bed so you’ll have to lie in it.”

Get out of bed on the wrong side
If you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
“Don’t try and talk to her today. She obviously got out of bed on the wrong side and she’s in a horrible mood!”

© Clever Pants 2012

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