By Lucia Sera
A Boatload of Idioms provides greater than 1000 idioms, besides definitions, starting place factors (where known), pattern sentences and workouts. additionally, a seek index is accessible as a brief reference software. This software is aimed toward intermediate-to-advanced ESL scholars in addition to local English audio system who are looking to increase their language talents. as soon as idioms are simply understood, conversing English could be a «cake-walk».
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If we want to finish the house by the end of the summer, we had better get down to business. Busy as a beaver/bee – very busy; getting many tasks done quickly and efficiently. The girls were busy as beavers sewing the pageant flag. Butt out – to be asked to mind one’s own business; keep away from another’s affairs. I told Carly to butt out when she tried to arrange a reconciliation between my sister and I. Butter someone up – to flatter someone, especially one in a position to help or do good. I knew she was buttering me up so I would help her move.
Pedro has a real chip on his shoulder when it comes to his parents’ attention. 64 Chip off the old block – just like one’s father. Ricky was a chip off the old block, especially in the way he loved antique cars. Chomping at the bit – to be unable to hold back; to be overly eager to go somewhere or do something. Noah was chomping at the bit to go out and play in the snow. Chop shop – a shop where stolen cars are brought for their parts to be dissembled and sold. Within hours of being stolen, the car was brought to a chop shop in New Jersey and stripped of its parts.
This is a modern expression of the early usage/expression, “cheke bi cheke”. All the kindergarteners were sitting in a circle, cheek by cheek. 63 Chew the fat – to chit chat, gossip, talk of unimportant things. Tina and Mary were both out of work, so they sat around and chewed the fat for hours. Chew someone out – to scream and yell at a person. When Mr. Maguire finds out about the leak, he’s going to chew someone out. Chicken-hearted (also called “chicken-livered”)– weak; timid; without courage.