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As it has been already explained, idioms are expressions or phrases in English that serve a mental picture about a specific situation. Idioms are used in the daily spoken English given it richness. This is the reason why it is important to be aware of them.
Idioms have not translation, but we will try to explain their meaning through examples. Here you are 10 common English idioms:
1) “Let your freak flag fly”
This means you should show your singularity.
– Tom : “ is there any microphone in the room, Lisa?”
– Lisa: “ Yes!! We´ve one. Here you are. Let your freak flag fly and show the rest of guests how you can sing.”
2) “To pound the pavement”
This idiom is used to refer to the situation of being in the street delivering your CV and looking for a job.
– Tom: “Hi there Lisa!! Have you finally found a new job?”
– Lisa: “Hello Tom. Although I´ve been pounding the pavement, I didn´t get a job.”
3) “Cut somebody some slack”
This one could be a synonym of “have a break” but with a longer period sense.
– Tom: “Lisa, you should finish this homework before tomorrow.”
– Lisa: “Yes, I know. Cut me some slack and I will have it finished by tomorrow!”
4) “To make a long story short”
This is said when you want to avoid a long explanation and don’t tell all the details.
– Tom: “Why are you leaving the town?”
– Lisa: “To make a long story short, I was fired last month and I’m going back to my parent’s house”
5) “Hang in there”
This is an advice. This is used when someone needs to calm a person.
– Tom: “I can´t believe what he´s just said!!!! I´ve to speak with him right now! “
– Lisa: “I think that it isn´t the moment. Hang in there and maybe, after a while both of you will be able to solve the misunderstanding.”
6) “Sold someone out”
This idiom refers to a betrayal situation. When you tell someone a secret or a confidential fact and this person tells it.
– Tom : “ Are you sure? Do you think she told it?”
– Lisa: “Yes, she told my secret. She sold me out”
7) “Cry wolf”
This one is used for all those situations in which a person is asking for help and you do not know if this person really needs it.
– Tom : “Lisa!!! Hurry up! I need you come here and you help me to hold it.”
– Lisa: “Mmmmmm!!! Do you need it or are you crying wolf again?”
8) “Hear on the grapevine”
This one is said when you are speaking about gossips, rumours, or unconfirmed stories.
– Tom: “Lisa, I don´t want to be a gossip guy but…I´ve heard on the grapevine that you´re in love, is that true?”
– Lisa: “ Yes, definitely, you´re a gossip boy! And it´s true, I´m in love.”
9) “A piece of cake”
English speakers use this idiom when they want to express that something is quite easy to do.
– Tom : “ Oh, the new teacher needs a report about the global warming. I don’t know how to start it.”
– Lisa: “Bah, a piece of cake! I´ll help you to write it.”
10) “When pigs fly”
This is used when you will never do something or when something will never happen.
– Tom: “Let´s go! We will take a picture with that yellow snake.”
– Lisa: “No way!!! When pigs fly!!! “
These are just ten idioms, there are a high amount of them. But, remember, we don´t need to “hit the books” to know all of them. They are known in the same way you practice the daily spoken English!
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