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IDIOMS : English Idioms for Students of English

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as easy as pie
"very easy" (same as "a piece of cake") .
He said it is a difficult problem, but I don't agree. It seems as easy as pie to me!
be sick and tired of
"I hate" (also "can't stand") .
I'm sick and tired of doing nothing but work. Let's go out tonight and have fun.
bend over backwards
"try very hard" (maybe too much!) .
He bent over backwards to please his new wife, but she never seemed satisfied.
bite off than one can chew
"take responsibility for than one can manage" .
John is so far behind in his studies. Besides classes, he plays sports and works at a part-time job. It seems he has bitten off than he can chew.
broke
"to have no money" I'm broke. I don't have any money right now.
change one's mind
"decide to do something different from what had been decided earlier" I have changed my mind about going to Tibet. I don't have the time!
Cut it out!
"stop doing something bad" Cut it Out Jonny! You are making me crazy with that noise!
drop someone a line
"send a letter or email to someone" Drop Vivien a line to tell her you're coming.
figure something out
"come to understand a problem" I figured out how to add that new app my phone.
fill in for someone
"do their work while they are away" I filled in for Dora while she was sick.
give someone a hand
help
Jonny gave Dora a hand when she was so busy.
hit the hay
"go to bed" (also "hit the sack") I'm tired. I'm going to hit the hay.
in the black
"the business is making money, it is profitable" Apple is in the black. It is selling so many products.
in the red
"the business is losing money, it is unprofitable" That restaurant is in the red. The food is terrible.
in the nick of time
"not too late, but very close!" I got to the train in the nick of time.
keep one's chin up
"remain brave and keep trying"
Keep your chin-up. You can find a way to do it.
know something like the back of your hand
"know something very, very well"
Dora knows The Hilton Shanghai like the back of her hand.
once in a while
"sometimes, not very often"
Some people only drink beer every once in a while.
sharp
"exactly at a that time" Please arrive at 9:00a.m. sharp!
sleep it
"think about something before making a decision" I can't decide right now. I'd better sleep it.
take it easy
"relax" Take it easy. You're so nervous.
to get the ball rolling
"start something, especially something big"
Let's get the ball rolling starting this new class.
up to the minute
"the most recent information"
Channel 10 has up to the minute news.
twenty-four/seven
"every minute of every day, all the time"
Carole worked 24/7 to get ready for this trip after school ended.