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It cost me AN ARM AND A LEG to take my trip to Australia.
I was OVER THE MOON when he asked me to marry him.
You are taking your IELTS test next week?? Aren't you JUMPING THE GUN. You've only just started studying.
Doing or stating too early
He comes round to see me ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.
Happening very rarely
He's got a CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER.
I reckon getting a band 7 in IELTS will be a PIECE OF CAKE! I'm very good at English.
The money sent by comic relief to help poverty in Africa is just A DROP IN THE OCEAN. They need far more than this.
A very small part of something bigger
Getting a low score the first time I took IELTS was a BLESSING IN DISGUISE. It forced me to study extremely hard so I got a much better score the next time.
Something positive that isn't recognized until later
We have to actually do something about global warming. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
It's better to actually do something rather than just talking about it
I bumped into Jenny in town the other day. IT'S A SMALL WORLD.
Meeting someone you would not have expected to
Oh well, I got 5.5 in IELTS again. BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!
When an attempt to do something fails and it's time to start all over again using different methods
I hate my job so much I can't bare going to work, but if I quit I don't think I can get another job. I'm really STUCK/ CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.
Having two very bad choices
I have to BITE MY TONGUE so I don't say what I really think of him!
Wanting to say something but stopped yourself
Come on, cut to the chase. We haven't got all day!
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point
Are you putting all of your savings into that company? Don't PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET.
Putting all of ones resources into one possibility
Try not to worry about it. EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING.
Believing that every bad situation has a positive side
It was difficult when I moved to another country but I eventually FOUND MY FEET.
To become comfortable in what you are doing
My parents are very FIXED IN THEIR WAYS. They won't start using the internet.
Not wanting to change from the normal ways of doing things
I think he GOT UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED THIS MORNING. He is in a terrible mood.
To refer to someone who is having a bad day
My mother will always GO TO THE EXTRA MILE to help people.
Doing much more than is required when doing something
I think you've HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. That's the reason he didn't get the job.
Say exactly the right thing
Today's going so badly. IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S THE OTHER.
When everything seems to be going wrong
I just said it in the HEAT OF THE MOMENT. I was angry. I know I shouldn't have.
Saying or doing something suddenly without thinking about it
KEEP AN EYE ON HIM. I think he may cheat in the exam.
Watch someone or something carefully
Have you heard? John down the road has KICKED THE BUCKET.
I don't want to argue with him again. It's better to LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE.
Avoid a conflict
I told him what gift you have bought him for his birthday. Sorry, I didn't mean to LET THE CAT OUTOF THE BAG.
Tell someone something that you were not supposed to
Don't tell her what you really think of her if she's helping you with your English! Don't BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.
Hurt or upset someone who is helping you
I'm not sure which party he is going to vote for. He's SITTING ON THE FENCE.
Not making a firm decision between different choices
Everything she does is very OVER THE TOP. She can't just have a few drinks - se has to get really drunk.
Let's keep studying for IELTS. PRATICE MAKES PERFECT.
Continuously doing something to improve
Don't get upset about what he said. He's just PULLING YOUR LEG.
Sorry but I think I'll TAKE A RAIN CHECK on that.
To decline an offer that you will take up later
As a RULE OF THUMB, I don't study at weekends. I spend the time with my family.
Principal that is strictly adhered / kept to
I can SMELL A RAT. He said he has a PhD but he can't even remember which university he studied at.
To sense that something is not right
She's THE SPITTING IMAGE of her mother.
To look exactly like someone else
THE BALL'S IN YOUR COURT NOW. What are you going to do?
Telling someone it's now their turn to make a decision
Unfortunately I think he'll be studying for IELTS UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME. His English is very poor.
For a very long time
It was all TONGE-IN-CHEEK. He didn't really mean what he said.
Something said in humour rather than seriously
She's feeling UNDER THE WEATHER today so she won't be going to work.