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Weeks 5-7 Idioms
Terms in this set (27)
cross one's fingers, keep one's fingers crossed
to hope that things will happen in the way you want them to; people often bend their middle finger over their index finger as a sign that they are hoping for luck
to leave a place suddenly
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A graphic illustration conveys a stronger message than words.
be all the rage
to be very fashionable
be (skating or walking) on thin ice
to be taking a big risk
sleep on it
to not make an immediate decision about a plan or idea, but to wait until the next day in order to have more time to think about it
dog eat dog, dog-eat-dog
a situation in which people will do anything to be successful, even if what they do harms other people
on easy street
in a state of financial independence and comfort.
to look for someone or something for a long time until you find them
1. describes an object which has such a high value, especially because it is rare, that the price of it cannot be calculated
2. extremely funny to see or hear
a situation in which people are arguing or competing with each other and it becomes more serious or more violent
a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory
play devil's advocate
to pretend to be against an idea or plan which a lot of people support in order to make people discuss it in more detail and think about it more carefully
go down in flames
1. to crash
2. to fail spectacularly
knock someone out
to make someone very tired
not say two words
to not speak
Never say never!
nothing is impossible, anything can happen
like father, like son
Fathers and sons resemble each other, and sons tend to do what their fathers did before them.
a decision or agreement that is final and will not be changed; clear and easy to understand
be on edge
to be nervous or worried about something
be as poor as church mice
to be very poor
to do something so that people will continue to respect you
rain check, raincheck, or rain-check
1. a piece of paper which allows you to buy something at a low price although that thing is now being sold at a higher price
2. a ticket that allows you to see an event at a later time if bad weather stops that event from happening
3. something you say when you cannot accept someone's invitation, but would like to do it at a later time
I'm rubber and you're glue. (Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.)
Your words don't hurt me; whatever name you call me; that's what YOU are.
pull someone's leg
to tell someone something that is not true as a way of joking with them
Talk is cheap.
It is easier to say you will do something than to actually do it.
blow one's stack or top
to suddenly become very angry
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