92 terms

idioms 1

have a lot to answer for
to be the cause of a problem or unpleasant situation
not be all it's cracked up to be
not as good as people say it is
have the edge over
have advantage over st
leave a lot to be desired
lack st important
have all the makings of
possess the qualities that are needed for st
a dead loss
st that disappoints u cause they are of bad quality
rough and ready
not prepared, done quickly
throw the baby out with the bathwater
to dispose st good while getting rid of st bad
get / jump / leap on the bandwagon
support st that is popular
play devil's advocate
pretend to be against st to raise more discussion
drive sb to distraction
confuse sb
make an exhibition of oneself
act in foolish way
under false pretences
do st and lie about who u r
do by halves
do partially
laughing stock
object of humilitation and ridicule
at the end of sb's tether
so tired and exhausted by a problem that u cant deal with it anymore
have sb's fill of
have enough
take sb's breath away
shock, astound, surprise
not know which way to turn
not know what to do
red tape
official rules that do not seem necessary
red herring
a piece of info that is introduced to distract sb from the real issue
blue in the face
for a long time
a grey area
area of st existing between two extreme views..
a black hole
a dark horse
one which achieves unexpected support
a lone wolf
likes to be alone
a cold fish
not showing emotions
guinea pig
a fly on the wall
listen unseen
sb's bark is worse than sb's bite
pes co steka nekouse
sb wouldn't hurt a fly
sb is innocent
travel bug
strong desire to travel
got the bit between sb's teeth
take control of situation
free rein
volna ruka
make a real pig of oneself
eat too much
chase one's tail
do st that is useless
keep one's head
remain calm
lose one's head
laugh / scream / shout one's head off
a lot
be banging / hitting one's head against a brick wall
waste time trying to accomplish st useless
off the top of sb's head
improper, unprepared
st turns heads
st attracts people
knock st on the head
stop doing st
keep a head above water
bite / snap sb's heads off
speak sharply and anger
keep sb's head down
say little to avoid problems
pull a face
show that u dont like st or sb by a facial expression
keep a straight face
not show any emotion
put a brave face on st
to behave in a way that prople think u r happy
take st at face value
apparent significance, value
on the face of st
face to face
being in the presence of the other
keep your hair on
stay calm!
tear sb's hair out
be greatly upset
turn a hair
become afraid or upset
at each other's throats
a real pain in the neck
raise a few eyebrows
cause disapproval, disagreement
see eye to eye
on the blink
not working well
in the blink of an eye
not bat an eyelid
not show any shock
catch sb's eye
attract, interest sb
blind as bat
a bat out of hell
in a rapid manner
a bear with a sore head
be in such a bad mood u treat people around badly
busy as a bee
free as a bird
a red rag to a bull
a red rag
st the cat brought in
st untidy or dirty
slippery as a eel
like a fish out of water
very uncomfortable
sly / cunning as a fox
eyes like a hawk
strong as an ox
as far as the eye could see
a lot
as plain as the nose on your face
as ugly as sin
as light as feather
as heavy as lead
avoid st like the plague
have memory like a sieve / goldfish
like greased lightning
very quickly
hear st on the grapevine
a little bird told me
off the record
not officially
read between the lines
from what i can see but has not been said..
get the hang of st
understand st, learn to do st
a rule of thumb
an estimate
out of sb's depth
know very little about some subject
put sb's finger on st
to identify and state an essence of st
bear st in mind
think about st, remember
cross sb's mind
suddenly think of st