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English Idioms - Set 5
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.
-you don't think something is special when someone tells you about it
A: I got 80% on the test!
B: Ha! Big deal! I got 95%!
A: I can lift 50kg!
B: Big deal! I can lift 70kg!
'I'M ALL EARS'
-"I'm listening to you and I am paying attention to what you are saying."
A: I have a secret to tell you!
B: Ok, go ahead, I'm all ears!
to have TIME ON your HANDS
-to have free time
Whenever you have time on your hands, can you help me?
I'm sorry, I wish I could help you, but I don't have any time on my hands. Maybe next week.
CAN'T STAND something
-to really really dislike something
My girlfriend can't stand smoking so I quit!
Ugh! I can't stand cheese! It's smelly!
-describes something of very good or the best quality
His top-notch smartphone was expensive.
Wow! This computer is top notch!
"IT'S UP TO YOU!"
-when someone wants YOU to make the decision
A: Where do you want to eat?
B: It's up to you!
It's up to you what you do with your life.
FOLLOW in someone's FOOTSTEPS
-become like a family member
She followed in her mother's footsteps and became a doctor.
I will follow in my father's footsteps and dedicate my life to helping poor people.
-bad (sad) news (not very serious)
-a bad experience
Aw, you failed the test? That's a bummer.
That movie was a real bummer! I thought it was going to be good!