Collaborative Idioms Glossary
Week Three September 16-20: Getting to Know Each Other This week we are going to continue talking about learning strategies and also spend some time getting to know each other a little bit better.
Terms in this set (40)
A blessing in disguise
Something good that isn't recognised at first
Example: The car I have bought is a blessing in disguise.
Actions speak louder than words.
when you do something good, no is necesary talk about this.
A drop in the bucket
A very small part of something big or whole.
Against the clock
Rushed and short on time
ex:I am running against the clock today
all in the same boat
When everyone is facing the same challenges. *For example: The assignment is too hard, from then on we are all in the same boat.
An Arm And A Leg
Very expensive.A large amount of money. Ex:I wont to buy a new car,but it will cost me An Arm And A leg.
A piece of cake
A task that can be accomplished very easily
Ex: working as office clerk is a piece of cake compare to wrok as a houkeeping attendant in a hotel
apple of (someone`s) eye
- someone or something that one likes a lot or likes more than others
eg. The little girl is the apple of her grandfather's eye.
as busy as popcorn on a skillet
very active ex: The children are always as busy as popcorn on a skillet
as easy as apple pie
very easy ex: The test that I wrote yesterday was as easy as apple pie
as hungry as a bear
- very hungry
eg. I was as hungry as a bear when I returned home from work yesterday.
A stitch in time saves nine
If you need something for to, do it before than you have a problems.
At the drop of a hat.
- without waiting or planning, immediately, promptly.
Our boss will stop working and help someone at the drop of a hat.
Beyond one's depth:
- in water that is too deep, doing something that is too difficult for one's ability
The manager's were beyond their depth when they chose to pick a fight with the union.
one's last dollar
e.g: I can't spend my bottom dollar before the week end
break up with (someone)
To end a relationship with someone
e.g: I just break up with Romeo because he doesn't encourage me studying
catch up to (someone or something)
- to move fast or work hard to reach someone or something that is ahead of you.
Example: In january I suffered a ankle lesión in a soccer match but three months later i had to catch up to come back to be a greatest player of my soccer league.
chew someone out
verbally scold someone.
Ex: My brother chewed me out for hours yesterday because I forgot his birthday.
The teachers chip in students for their improvement.
to eat something usually quickly or without manners.
Ex: I can chow down a pizza in less than 5 minutes.
stopped talking completely.
exp: After the accident, Rosie just clammed up and stay alone all the time.
coming apart at the seams
in bad condition
exp: The company is coming apart at the seams. It have a lot of debits that it can't pay it back.
Crack someone up
To make someone laugh
Example: At the bus stop I crack them up with my storie
- to not go to class
Example: I had to cut class because i needed go to the doctor, i had flu.
go to extra mile
going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand
example: I think if you want to be successful in your exams you should go the extra mile.
give somethings used to someone else
I handed my English books down to my best friend.
He lost his head
Angry and overcome by emotions.
High on the hog
Living in luxury.
Homo Milk --- 3% milk
Beaver Tail --- a pastry, most commonly sold by the chain Beaver Tail Canada Inc.
Jump in feet first
If you jump in feet first, you approach a task or activity with little to no hesitation. When you jump in feet first with a new activity or task or requirement, you give it your best, knowing there is no going back.
keep an eye on him
You should carefully watch him.
keep body and soul together
to earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep your self alive
example: my income is just enough to keep body and soul together.
needle in a haystack
Want to find needle in a haystack, it's means to do something very difficult and hardly to success. e.g. Tom want to find the girl whom he saw yesterday on the bus, it is like to find a needle in a haystack.
Off the hook
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.
Over the top
Queer the pitch
Destroy or ruin a plan.
see eye to eye
Have the same opinion with other people about something. e.g.Michael and I see eye to eye on cooking.
If someone sees red, they become very angry about something.
sick as a dog
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold) *For example I was sick as a dog for the serious flu.
Water Under The Bridge
Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore