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⭐That makes two of us
Definition:
The same is true for you.
Example:
Jane: I just bought a new car.
Anna: That makes two of us!
⭐The third degree
Definition:
A close interrogation.
Example:
I don’t know why you always give me the third degree every time I hang out with my friends.
⭐Achilles heel
Definition:
A weakness
Example:
Journalists considered that minister as the government’s Achilles heel.
⭐An eye for an eye
Definition:
Punishment should equal the crime.
Example:
In some countries, justice operates on the principle of an eye for an eye. That is, if you kill someone, you deserve to die.
⭐Are your ears burning?
Definition:
It is said about someone who was not present but he/she was the topic of discussion.
Example:
We were just talking about you. Are your ears burning?
⭐At your mother’s knee
Definition:
Something that you learned when you were a child.
Example:
She learned to sing at her mother’s knee.
⭐Be glad to see the back of someone
Definition:
To be happy to get rid of someone; to be happy because someone has left.
Example:
The youg man was glad to see the back of his father-in-law after he had stayed for a month.
⭐Behind one’s back
Definition:
In one’s absence
Example:
He was talking nonsense behind my back when I arrived.
⭐Big mouth
Definition:
Someone who tends to say things which are meant to be kept secret.
Example:
He is such a big mouth. He told them every thing.
⭐Bite your lip
Definition:
To make an effort not to react to something.
Example:
He didn’t like the management of the business but he had to bite his lip.
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⭐Bring to knees
Definition:
To destroy or defeat someone or something.
Example:
Sanctions were imposed in an attempt to bring the country to its knees.
⭐Curl your lip
Definition:
An upward movement of the side of the mouth to show dislike and disrespect.
Example:
He asked her not to curl her lip at him.
⭐Dip your toe in the water
Definition:
Said when you start something carefully because you are not sure whether it will work or not.
Example:
I am doing some volunteer work at the new school to try and dip my toe in the water of working in the education field.
⭐Drag one’s feet
Definition:
To delay, to avoid, or make progress slowly
Example:
He’s been dragging his feet about doing his homework.
⭐Easy on the ear
Definition:
Something pleasant to listen to.
Example:
His music is easy on the ear.
⭐Easy on the eye
Definition:
Attractive, pleasant to look at.
Example:
Her paintings are easy on the eye.
⭐Fall on deaf ears
Definition:
Of a request, complaint, etc, to be ignored.
Example:
Every time I ask him to do something for me, it falls on deaf ears.
⭐Feast for the eyes
Definition:
Visually pleasing sight.
Example:
Look at that painting. It’s really a feast for the eyes.
⭐Get something off your chest
Definition:
To reveal something that is worrying you
Example:
She felt relieved when she got it off her chest. She had felt guilty for years.
⭐Give somebody a leg up
Definition:
To help someone to achieve something, especially at work.
Example:
They agreed to give her a leg up.
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⭐Give your eye teeth for something
Definition:
Said when you want to have or do something very much.
Example:
She’d give her eye teeth for a straight blonde hair.
⭐Go in one ear and out the other
Definition:
Said about something which is heard and then quickly forgotten.
Example:
Stop talking to him. Whatever you say to him just goes in one ear and out the other.
⭐Have a leg up on somebody
Definition:
To have an advantage over someone.
Example:
She probably has a leg up on the other students because she is more studious.
⭐Have big ears
Definition:
To be nosy and listen to other people’s private conversations.
Example:
Speak quietly. Nancy has big ears.
⭐Head over heels
Definition:
Completely in love.
Example:
They fell head over heels for one another at the very moment they met.
⭐Hit the nail on the head
Definition:
Said to describe exactly a situation or a problem.
Example:
I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that Ali is a robber.
⭐In a body
Definition:
Said when a group of people do something together.
Example:
The workers went in a body to the boss to ask for higher wages.
⭐In the blink of an eye
Definition:
Very quickly.
Example:
He disappeared in the blink of an eye.
⭐Keep a civil tongue
Definition:
to speak politely.
Example:
Please don’t talk like that to each other. Keep a civil tongue!
⭐Keep an eye on
Definition:
It means to watch or look after something or someone.
Example:
Please keep your eye on my son while I go to the toilet.
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⭐Keep body and soul together
Definition:
To be able to pay for your food, clothing and somewhere to live.
Example:
He earns barely enough to keep body and soul together.
⭐Keep one’s eye open
Definition:
to remain alert and watchful.
Example:
Please keep your eyes open for the children.
⭐Keep one’s eyes peeled
Definition:
To be on the alert, to be watchful
Example:
I will keep my eyes peeled for your call.
⭐Keep your head above water
Definition:
Just able to make enough money to survive.
Example:
After his financial problems, he can hardly keep his head above water.
⭐Knit one’s brow
Definition:
To frown or look worried, angry or puzzled.
Example:
She knitted her brows as she listened to the strange story.
⭐Make a clean breast of
Definition:
To tell the truth; to confess.
Example:
After he had lied about the stolen money, he was urged to make a clean breast of it.
⭐Make somebody’s mouth water
Definition:
When the smell or sight of food is extremely good it makes your mouth water.
Example:
The smell of that roast chicken is making my mouth water.
⭐On the face of it
Definition:
On the surface.
Example:
On the face of it, she seems innocent. But when the police investigated her case, they discovered that she was guilty.
⭐Over my dead body
Definition:
If you say something will happen over your dead body, you mean that you will not allow it to happen.
Example:
He says he will become our boss. Over my dead body!
⭐Pain in the neck
Definition:
An annoyance.
Example:
The teacher’s last assignment is really a pain in the neck.
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⭐Pay lip service
Definition:
An insincere loyalty, respect, or support for something
Example:
He says he supports the idea of voluntary work, but in fact he’s just paying lip service.
⭐Pull somebody’s leg
Definition:
To tease or fool someone
Example:
Are you pulling my leg? Is it really your house?
⭐Pull the other leg
Definition:
Used when you do not believe what someone has just said.
Example:
Nimra, writing poems? Pull the other leg – she can’t even write a correct sentence!
⭐Put on a brave face
Definition:
To pretend that a problem doesn’t bother you.
Example:
He looks calm, but I suspect he’s just putting on a brave face.
⭐Put one’s mind to it
Definition:
To apply oneself
Example:
You can do anything, if you put your mind to it.
⭐Put one’s shoulder to the wheel
Definition:
To start hard work
Example:
Just put your shoulder to the wheel. If you keep working hard, you’ll be successful one day!
⭐Put words in somebody’s mouth
Definition:
To attribute to somebody something he or she did not say
Example:
I hope I’m not putting words in your mouth. Did you just tell me to go home early?
⭐Rack one’s brain
Definition:
To think very hard about something.
Example:
I’ve racked my brain all day long, but I still can’t remember where I put the keys.
⭐Raise eyebrows
Definition:
To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
Example:
The way the children behaved raised a few eyebrows.
⭐Save face
Definition:
To take an action to preserve one’s reputation or honor.
Example:
They tried to win their last match in the championship just to save face.

⭐Send shivers down one’s spine
Definition:
To terrify; to make someone feel extremely nervous.
Example:
Hearing that her rapists escaped prison sent shivers down her spine.
⭐Shake a leg
Definition:
Used to tell someone to rouse themselves from sleep and get out of bed.
Example:
Shake a leg or we’ll miss the party!
⭐Shoulder to cry on
Definition:
Said about a person whom you can tell your problems to and then ask for sympathy, emotional support and advice.
Example:
Lacy needs a shoulder to cry on. Her father died yesterday.
⭐Skin and bones
Definition:
To be underweight and look bad, to be extremely thin.
Example:
Because of her illness she was nothing but skin and bones.
⭐Skin someone alive
Definition:
To punish someone severely.
Example:
My parents will skin me alive if they see my grades.
⭐Stiff upper lip
Definition:
One who has a stiff upper lip displays fortitude in the face of adversity
Example:
He always has a stiff upper lip. He never complains.
⭐Tear your hair out
Definition:
Said when you are feeling a lot of anxiety over a problem.
Example:
He has been tearing his hair out over his deteriorated relationship with his wife.
⭐To wash one’s hands of
Definition:
To absolve oneself of responsibility
Example:
I wash my hands of this whole affair.
⭐Under one’s nose
Definition:
directly in front of one; clearly visible
Example:
I searched for my glasses for twenty minutes, and finally found them right under my nose.
⭐Under one’s thumb
Definition:
Completely controlled by someone; at someone’s command.
Example:
She has her husband under her thumb. He would do anything for her.

⭐Wag one’s chin
Definition:
To talk.
Example:
Stop wagging your chin and do something.
⭐Wait on someone hand and foot
Definition:
To serve someone well, satisfying all personal needs.
Example:
She can’t take care of herself. She always needs someone to wait on her hand and foot.
⭐Watch one’s mouth
Definition:
To be careful about what one says
Example:
Watch your mouth when you speak to him. He’s the boss.
⭐Yoke around someone’s neck
Definition:
A burden.
Example:
Ahmad is a yoke around his father’s neck.
⭐Affinity for
Definition:
attraction, preference or sympathy for something or someone.
Example:
He has an affinty for classical music.
⭐Bad blood
Definition:
Unpleasant feeling between different people.
Example:
There is bad blood between Ahmad and Kamran.
⭐Be an item
Definition:
Said about a couple when they are having a romantic relationship.
Example:
I heard that Sheela and Uday are an item.
⭐Build bridges
Definition:
To improve relationships between people.
Example:
They wanted to build bridges between Nancy and Alan to settle the conflict once for all.
⭐Don’t get me wrong
Definition:
It is said when you fear someone does not understand what you say.
Example:
Don’t get me wrong but I think your plan may not work.
⭐Everybody and his cousin
Definition:
Too many people
Example:
Everybody and his cousin will be in line for opening night with free popcorn!

⭐Expectant mother
Definition:
A pregnant woman.
Example:
There are many good tips for expectant mothers in this little book.
⭐Experience is the mother of wisdom
Definition:
It means that people learn from what happens to them.
Example:
You will never understand the love parents have for their children until you get your own children. Experience is really the mother of wisdom.
⭐Face that only a mother could love
Definition:
A very ugly face.
Example:
Look at that poor girl. That’s a face that only a mother could love.
⭐Fair-weather friend
Definition:
Someone who is your friend only when the times are good.
Example:
Don’t rely on him. He is a fair-weather friend.
⭐Father figure
Definition:
It means an older man who is respected and who has power, authority, or strength.
Example:
The kids respected him as a father figure.
⭐Get on like a house on fire
Definition:
Said about two people like each other and become very close friends in a very short time.
Example:
The two ladies are getting on like a house on fire.
⭐Go against the flow
Definition:
To do the opposite of what people do and not accept things as they are.
Example:
In his last speech, the leader of the opposition went against the flow and declared that reducing taxes will harm the economy.
⭐Go with the flow
Definition:
To do what people do and accept things as they are.
Example:
Don’t worry too much! Take it easy and go with the flow!
⭐Have friends in high places
Definition:
To know powerful people.
Example:
Don’t worry about the problem. I have friends in high places.
⭐Good fences make good neighbors
Definition:
It means that people should respect other people’s property and privacy and mind their own business.
Example:
Our neighbor should prevent his children from messing up our lawn. Good fences make good neighbors.

⭐He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin
Definition:
It means that if you intend to marry a woman, first try to win her mother on your side.
Example:
Listen Khan, if you want to marry Nancy, try to impress her mother first and be sure that she is on your side. He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin.
⭐Join the club
Definition:
Said as a reply to someone to mean that they are in the same situation.
Example:
Nancy: “I’ve got problems with my husband these days.”
Alice: “Join the club!”
⭐Kissing cousin
Definition:
A distant relative.
Example:
I and Daniel are kissing cousins.
⭐Like mother, like daughter
Definition:
It means that daughters resemble their mothers.
Example:
Like mother, like daughter. Liza’s mother is mad about chocolate, too.
⭐Love-hate relationship
Definition:
An interpersonal relationship involving alternating emotions of love and hate.
Example:
He has a love-hate relationship with his mother.
⭐Play a joke
Definition:
to deceive someone for fun.
Example:
On April fool’s day some people play practical jokes on their friends.
⭐Play second fiddle
Definition:
To take a subordinate or weaker position than someone else.
Example:
Bill doesn’t want to play second fiddle to his colleague any more. He feels he is more trained and more experienced.
⭐Raw deal
Definition:
Said when someones is ill treated.
Example:
Mary got a raw deal. She was innocent, but she had to pay a big fine.
⭐Say uncle
Definition:
To admit failure.
Example:
I’ll show them how I can be a superstar. I’m not going to say uncle.
⭐Them and us
Definition:
Used when describing disagreements or differences especially between different social groups
Example:
There is a them and us situation in the company after the disagreement between the boss and his workers about the working conditions.

⭐You can’t please everyone
Definition:
Making everyone happy is impossible no matter what you do.
Example:
When the boss chose Mary as the chief executive of the project, everybody complained. But you can’t please everyone!
⭐Act of God
Definition:
Something that ooccured, such as an accident, for which no human is responsible.
Example:
The Haiti earthquake was really an act of God.
⭐As patient as Job
Definition:
If someone is as patient as Job, they are very patient.
Example:
If you want to work with that temperamental woman you must be as patient as Job.
⭐As poor as a church mouse
Definition:
If someone is as poor as a church mouse they are extremely poor.
Example:
He is as poor as a church mouse. Don’t ask him to donate anything.
⭐As ugly as sin
Definition:
If something is as ugly as sin, it is very ugly.
Example:
Jesus Christ! The dress she is wearing is as ugly as sin.
⭐Baptism of fire
Definition:
It refers to a very difficult first experience someone undergoes.
Example:
My first day as the manager of the restaurant was a real baptism of fire.
⭐Bear one’s cross
Definition:
If someone bears one’s cross they endure burden or difficulties.
Example:
I know it is a difficult situation you are experiencing, but you have to bear your own cross. I can’t help you. I am sorry.
⭐Better the devil you know
Definition:
It is sometimes better to deal with someone or thing you know than to deal with a new person or thing who could be even worse.
Example:
Nancy is such a difficult girl to work with, but better the devil you know.
⭐Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Definition:
It refers to a dilemma, a choice between two undesirable situations.
Example:
She is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. She has to choose between staying with her nasty husband and leaving him, taking care of her children all alone.
⭐Cold day in hell
Definition:
This idiom is used to mean that something will never happen.
Example:
It’ll be a cold day in hell before I accept his apologies.
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