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【Idioms and Phrases (Part 1)】

Teacher Michi
(Contributed by Michi)
You may already be aware of this, but the English language is full of colorful idioms and phrases. I’ve compiled some of my favorites to share, along with an example and explanation of what the phrase means. Try practicing them next chance you get!
– ‘Deep in thought’ – to be deep in thought means to think very carefully about an idea or situation (BONUS: You can also use the phrase ‘Lose in thought’ to convey the same meaning). People who are deep in thought often have serious expressions. Ex. “Don’t bother the boss right now, he’s deep in thought trying to solve the client’s issue.”
– “Splitting hairs” – to split hairs means to nitpick or make a small, almost meaningless argument. This saying comes from the idea that if you were to split a strand of hair in half lengthwise, you would barely be able to see a difference. Ex. Mary: “It’s about 8 o’clock now, right?” Steve: “I don’t mean to split hairs, but it’s actually 7:59.”
Have you ever split hairs with someone in an argument? Or maybe you’re more of a deep thinker that likes to get lost in thought. Try practicing these phrases the next chance you get!

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