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quarta-feira, 19 de março de 2014

Classic idioms





We use idioms all the time in our speech. Your English will sound better if you use them when speaking English too! Have a look at these classics!

A penny for your thoughts
A way of asking what someone is thinking.
“You look really sad today... a penny for your thoughts?”

At the drop of a hat
Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
“If I could get a ticket to the concert I’d go at the drop of a hat!”

Back to the drawing board
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
“Our plan didn’t work at all so it’s back to the drawing board for us.”

Barking up the wrong tree
Looking in the wrong place.  Accusing the wrong person.
“If you think it was me who stole your phone you are barking up the wrong tree.”

Best of both worlds
To have all the advantages.
“If you have a holiday in an interesting city but with a few days on a nice beach as well, you get the best of both worlds.”

Costs an arm and a leg
This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
“Going to University costs an arm and a leg these days.”

Cut corners
When something is done badly to save money.
“If you want to do something well, you can’t cut corners!”

Elvis has left the building
The show has come to an end. It's all over.
“It’s over - I never want to see you again! Elvis has left the building.”

Hit the nail on the head
Do or say something exactly right.
“I think he really hit the nail on the head in his article in the newspaper.”


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