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Senac_L4_Idioms

Idioms of Senac Intensive Intermediate

IdiomMeanningExemples
let your hair down to stop acting formally on conservatively That's a party, Jim! Let your hair downand have a bit of fun.
break the ice To do something as a means of reducing or eliminating shyness, awkward tension, or unfamiliarity. I was so nervous about meeting Samantha's parents for the first time, but her dad immediately broke the ice by asking about my car, and everything went great after that.
put (one's) foot in (one's) mouth To unintentionally say something foolish, tactless, or offensive. He just tends to put his foot in his mouth when he's forced to speak for too long, so try to get him off stage as soon as possible.
hit the nail on the head To be correct or accurate. You really hit the nail on the head with that answer—good job
piece of cake A very easy task or accomplishment. I thought I was going to fail the test, but it turned out to be a piece of cake!
rat race A fierce competition for success, wealth, or power, especially in one's career or business. The company's environment felt like a rat race—employees were constantly sabotaging each other to climb the corporate ladder.
dark horse (1) Someone who unexpectedly wins a competition. (2) Someone who surprises others with their skills or talents. (1) Nobody thought Cheri could win the race after breaking her leg last year, but she turned out to be a dark horse and took first place. (2) Angela was suddenly viewed as a dark horse when she displayed her beautiful sculptures at the art fair.
learn (something) by heart to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking; to memorize something. You don't have to learn these principles by heart, we just want you to have a basic understanding of them.
be of two minds To experience indecision and/or conflicting emotions. I am of two minds about whether or not to go to the party tonight. I'm sure it will be fun, but I have a lot of work to do too.
go window-shopping To visit stores, or look in their windows, to see what is available without buying anything. My bank account is so sad these days that I'll only be going window-shopping for a while!
close to (one's) heart Personally important to, or loved by, one. The little girl who came to visit the elderly woman every weekend was very close to her heart.
run out of time To no longer have any time to finish some task or activity. I felt pretty good about how I Was doing on the test, but then I ran out of time before I got through the final section.
work against the clock To try to do something in a very limited amount of time. We'll have to work against the clock to finish our presentation in time for the convention, but I think we'll be able to get it done.
let's face it We need to recognize the truth; we should face reality. Let's face it, Hannah, you never wanted to go on this trip. // I'm not sure he has the right skill set for this position, and, let's face it, his interview was pretty poor.
in hot water in trouble. I was in a bit of hot water with Janice last night when she found out I went to the movies instead of cleaning out the garage.
keep (one's)/an eye on (someone or something) To watch someone or something carefully; to be attentive to someone or something. You need to keep your eye on the soup so that it doesn't bubble over.
give (someone or something) a hand (1) To help someone with something. (2) To applaud someone or something. (1) I hope that someone will give me a hand with these bags—there's no way I'll make it to the fifth floor on my own! (2) Wasn't that a great performance? Let's give them a hand, ladies and gentlemen!
(one's) cup of tea Something one prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. When I found out that reading wasn't his cup of tea, I knew that there wasn't much of a relationship in store between us.
travel light Take little baggage; also, be relatively free of responsibilities or deep thoughts I don't want to buy a house and get tied down; I like to travel light // I can be ready in half an hour; I always travel light // It's hard to figure out whom they'll attack next, because ideologically they travel light
think outside the box // out of the box thinking think differently // to be creative and produce something that is not usual or boring The team always thinks outside the box to come up with unique advertisements for all its clients. (Theidioms.com)
put yourself in my shoes put (oneself) in (someone's) shoes = To imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person, so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. Before being quick to judge someone for their actions, you should always try to put yourself in their shoes. Everyone is human, after all.
it rains cats and dogs to rain very heavily When it rains cats and dogs, you tend to get very wet.
blood is thicker than water family relations and bonds are closer than other relationships When you get into trouble, usually your family will be the ones to bail you out, not your friends. After all, blood is thicker than water.
Created by: joaonicodemos