Category: Idioms

“That movie will really knock your socks off!” This is a popular idiom in the UK, but what does it mean? a) shock you b) move you c) impress you d) bore you See answerc) is correct

Which do you think is the correct meaning? “I might apply for that job, as it’s right up my street.” a) It matches my interests well. b) It is conveniently located. c) It is paid well. d) I have a …

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Example: “Don’t make a song and dance about it; I’m only a few minutes late!” To make a song and dance about something is to over-react, and treat an incident as more serious than it really is. Sometimes people say, …

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To um and ah is a popular British phrasal verb but what does it mean? “Stop umming and ahing and get on with your work!” A: He can’t decide what to do. B: He is worried about possible errors. C: …

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As we experienced severe rain last weekend, I was reminded of the expression: “It never rains”, or the full version “It never rains but it pours”. It is used to express that only very bad things seem to happen (“pour” …

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To be “snookered” is a British idiom, and it comes from the game snooker (which Japanese may know as “billiard”), for example “We’re totally snookered,” but what does it mean? a) In a difficult or impossible situation b) Definitely going …

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“Life’s a beach”. What do you think it means? 1) My life is never changing. 2) My life is ever changing. 3) My life is easy and relaxing. 4) My life is exciting.   Answer: My life is easy and …

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