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English Idioms - Set 3
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 GO BANANAS
-to be very busy and very nervous
I'm going bananas with all my homework, and house cleaning!
to be SICK and TIRED of something
-to feel angry over, frustrated over, or bored of something
I'm sick & tired of chicken for dinner, let's go out to eat!
to TAKE OFF
-to leave quickly
I'm late for work; I gotta take off!
Let's jet! We're late for the party!
-to be terrible, of low quality (cheap), and/or undependable
This movie sucks! Let's watch something else.
Ugh! I need a new computer because this computer SUCKS!
to WOLF DOWN
to SCARF DOWN
-to eat a large amount of food very fast!
I was so hungry, I wolfed down my lunch in two minutes!
a DIME a DOZEN
-when something is not special because there are many of them available
Fast food hamburger restaurants are a dime a dozen, and we always go to them; let's eat something different today.
to GIVE someone a RUN for their MONEY
-to challenge someone who is very skilled
Julie is an excellent tennis player, but I have been practicing a lot so when we play,I am going to give her a run for her money.
to MAKE ENDS MEET
-to make enough money to only survive
In these tough economic times, it has become very difficult for some people to make ends meet.