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English Idioms - Set 6
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 TWIST someone's ARM
-to persuade someone to do something
A: Why don't you come out with us tonight? Everyone will be there!
B: Ok, you twisted my arm; let's go!
to CUT TO THE CHASE
-to speak about only the important information (in order to same time and attention)
Why don't you just cut to the chase and ask her out on a date?!
to GET SOMETHING OFF YOUR CHEST
-to finally express your true feelings or admit a secret
I need to get something off my chest: I've been in love with you for a very long time now.
TO THE TUNE OF ___
-approximately (used for very large amounts of money)
A: Did you hear about that financial adviser who embezzled money?
B: No, what happened?
A: He stole something to the tune of $50 million from his clients!
to LET OFF SOME STEAM
-to release tension and stress about being angry
I love working out at the gym to let off some steam.
You're too angry right now; you need to go outside and let off some steam.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
-something is much more difficult to do than it looks
You wanna be rich? Well, that's easier said than done!
to SLEEP ON IT
-to wait and think about something before making a decision (often used when buying something)
A: So, this is a beautiful car, eh? Are you going to buy it?
B: Hmmm, I'm gonna sleep on it and let you know.
to STICK YOUR NOSE IN ____
-to interfere or try to be involved in someone else's personal life
You and I are not dating any more, so stop asking me questions and sticking your nose in my business!