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Body Idioms

idioms that have to do with the body - plus explanations. http://eflclasroom.com
STUDY
PLAY
ALL EARS
FULLY LISTENING
Example: Give me a minute to finish my work and then I'll be all ears to hear about your project.
BREAK A LEG
GOOD - LUCK
Example: Today's the big game, eh? Break a leg!
COLD FEET
NERVOUS JUST BEFORE A BIG EVENT
Example: My sister didn't get cold feet until she put her wedding gown on.
COST AN ARM AND A LEG
BE VERY EXPENSIVE
Example: These cakes are delicious, but they cost an arm and a leg
CRY YOUR HEART OUT
CRY VERY HARD
Example:I cried my heart out when my best friend moved away
GIVE A HAND, LEND A HAND
HELP SOMEONE DO SOMETHING
Example: I can give you a hand when you move if you like.
HAVE ONE´S HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
BE UNAWARE OR UNREALISTIC ABOUT SOMETHING
Example: Amy has her head in the clouds if she thinks she's going to pass her exams without studying.
HEAD OVER HEELS
DEEPLY IN LOVE
Example: My brother is head over heels for his new girlfriend.
KEEP AN EYE ONE
TAKE CARE, WATCH IN ORDER TO PROTECT
Example: I'll keep an eye on the dinner while you're on the phone.
MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL
MAKES ME VERY ANGLY
Example: It makes my blood boil when people don't tie up their dogs.
PAT ON THE BACK
RECOGNITION OR THANK YOU.
Example: The party organizers deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.
PLAY SOMETHING BY EAR
DO SOMETHING WITHOUT A PLAN
Example: We don't know if the weather will be good enough for camping. We'll have to play it by ear.
PULL ONE´S LEG
JOKE OR TEASE SOMEONE
Example: I was just pulling your leg. I'm not really a police officer
SEE EYE TO EYE
BE AGREE.
Example: The couple don't see eye to eye on how to train their pets.
STICK YOUR NECK OUT
HELP SOMEONE A LOT, WITH POSSIBLE BAD CONSEQUENCES FOR ONESELF.
Example: I stuck my neck out for Bessie when she was thrown out of her house.
OFF ONE´S BACK
NOT BOTHER SOMEONE, REMOVE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING AS AN ANNOYANCE.
Example:I wish my boss would get off my back and stop bothering me.
MAKE SOMEONE´S BLOOD RUN COLD
SHOCK OR HORRIFY SOMEONE
Example: It made my blood run cold when I saw the little boy run into the road.
A SKELETON IN THE CLOSET
A HIDDEN AND SHOCKING SECRET
Example: The politician had a skeleton in the closet that he did not want anyone to know about
EYES ARE BIGGER THAN ONE´S STOMACH
TAKE MORE FOOD THAT ONE CAN EAT
Example: My eyes were bigger than my stomach when I went to the buffet table and put too much food on my plate
GET BUSY AND DO SOME WORK.
Example: We must put our shoulders to the wheel and get our work done on time