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English Idioms - Set 2
An idiom is an expression with a meaning very different from the literal definitions of the words that comprise them.
The English root, 'liter' means "letter". The word 'literal' means "the real meaning of letters in a word/sentence". So, an idiom has two "meanings": the literal meaning and the idiomatic meaning. The idiomatic meaning of an idiom is related to the literal meaning, but very different.
In English-Speaking, we use the idiomatic meaning.
to KILL TWO BIRDS with ONE STONE
-to save time/money by doing two things at once
Doing housework is like killing two birds with one stone: the house gets clean and I get some exercise.
a GOOD BANG FOR the BUCK
-when something is well-priced & you save $!
That sale was a good bang for the buck! We saved lots of money.
TAKE IT EASY!
-say these when you want someone who is busy or angry to be calm
Hey! You're angry all the time; you should take it easy. Just chill out, man!
A PIECE of CAKE
-something very easy
Everyone said the test was too hard, but I thought it was a piece of cake!
-become tired & go to sleep or sleep at someone's place.
It's late and I'm really tired; can I crash at your house tonight?
I'm too tired, I'm not gonna play the game, I'm just gonna crash.
to SHOOT the BREEZE
-to talk very casually about very casual things
We love to sit on the patio, drink, do nothing, and just shoot the breeze.
THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
-only a small part of a very large amount
Our teacher told us to read two books for homework, but that's only the tip of the iceberg! She also wants us to write two essays!
DOG EAT DOG
The world of business and finance is dog eat dog! Be careful.