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2015年2月24日(火)

【Idioms Part 1】

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(Contributed by Crystal)
 
There are many things to love about the English language, including idioms. As you all know, they can be illusive, and often mysterious. Most of them have such a long history that their meaning is buried deep in the era and culture from which they originated. Here are a few simple idioms that are useful in everyday conversation. Challenge yourself and try to use one or two a day. Get a feel for them by using them in your daily conversation or during your lessons.
 
Give it a shot – Try
 
Speak your mind – Say what you really feel
 
A piece of cake – Very easy
 
Slipped my mind – I forgot
 
Cross your fingers – For good luck
 
Be in hot water – Be in trouble
 
It cost an arm and a leg – It was expensive
 
It’s in the bag – It’s a certainty
 
Get cold feet – Be nervous
 
A rip off – Too expensive
 
Get a kick out of – Enjoy
 
Read between the lines – Find the hidden meaning
 
Have mixed feelings – Unsure how you feel
 
Draw a blank – Can’t remember
 
Have a change of heart – Changed your mind
 
Be second to none – Be the best
 
Get your act together – Behave properly
 
Play it by ear – Improvise
 
Have second thoughts – Have doubts
 
A basket case – A crazy person

 
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