By Lucia Sera
A Boatload of Idioms provides greater than one thousand idioms, besides definitions, beginning reasons (where known), pattern sentences and routines. additionally, a seek index is available as a brief reference device. This software is aimed toward intermediate-to-advanced ESL scholars in addition to local English audio system who are looking to enhance their language talents. as soon as idioms are simply understood, talking English could be a «cake-walk».
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Your son is growing by leaps and bounds! By the book – to do things according to standard. The inspector had us open everything, saying he always goes by the book. By the same token – a phrase to show that the speaker is about to introduce opposite or conflicting information. Sarah can be very introverted, but by the same token, she is also a very giving person. By the skin of one’s teeth – barely making it; avoiding danger. ” The dogs were chasing us, and we made it inside the house by the skin of our teeth.
I need to bow out of this project because I am so busy now. Brain drain – a situation whereby many of the smartest people leave (a job or a country). There was a brain drain from India until recently. 41 Bravo! – a cheer of praise for a job well done. ” after the excellent opera aria. [My] bread and butter – the main way one supports himself. Julia designs dresses once in a while, but her bread and butter comes from drawing industrial uniforms. Break a leg! – good luck wished upon someone, usually in performance.
Carry a torch for someone – to have a crush on a person or be in love with someone who does not feel the same way. Even though they broke up many years ago, Henry still carries the torch for Helen. Carte blanche – a blank check; the freedom to do as one pleases. The college was so glad to get the star athlete that they gave him carte blanche at the school. Cash in on – to take advantage of something; exploit a situation. He cashed in on his father’s political fame by getting a job as a Washington lobbyist.
A Boatload of Idioms: Over a thousand English expressions by Lucia Sera