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English Idioms - Set 4
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.
"WHAT'S EATING (you)?"
-"What's wrong?"; "Why are you angry/sad?"
What's eating Tom? He just yelled at me!
Hey, talk to me...what's eating you?
'DON'T GO THERE!'
-when you don't want to talk about something because you are embarrassed, or it is private (a secret)
You want to know about me and my boyfriend? Oh, don't go there!
A: How am I doing in school?
B: Please, don't go there!
'CAN OF WORMS'
-something bad, embarrassing, or private that you don't want to talk about
My boyfriend & I? Let's not open that can of worms!
"There's NOTHING TO IT!"
-something is (very) easy to do
It's easy to make pasta...there's nothing to it!
Playing this game is easy...there's really nothing to it!
'CAN'T DO WITHOUT ___'
-you really really like something
-something is very useful
You can't do without your hammer when you are building things!
I can't do without hot sauce on all my food!
NOT STAND FOR something
-not accept or tolerate something
Teacher won't stand for noise, we must be quiet!
The police will not stand for any violence!
“CAN DO WITHOUT ____”
-you don't like it (but don't hate it)
-you hate it!
I like coffee, but I can do without it.
I can do without your noise...please be quiet!
'THAT DOES IT!'
-you make a final decision when you are angry, sad, or excited (happy)
-something has ended
That does it, I'm going back to school!
That does it! You are too loud...please leave the room!
That does it! I've finished school!