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Preference: “Not my Cup of Tea” 22nd August 2014

Preference: “Not my Cup of Tea” 22nd August 2014

“Not my Cup of Tea” This is a very British Idiom and is extremely common. If something isn’t your cup of tea it means you don’t find it interesting or appealing. E.g. “Romantic Comedies aren’t really my Cup of Tea – I find them a bit cheesy!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English […]

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Whoops! “To put your foot in it” 21st August 2014

Whoops! “To put your foot in it” 21st August 2014

“To put your foot in it” This is used to describe when someone says something inappropriate or embarrassing, which could potentially annoy or upset someone. “I really put my foot in it when I asked the large lady if she wanted my seat – I thought she was pregnant!” “Ha ha ha! How embarrassing!” Idiom […]

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Good relationship: “To get on Like a House on Fire” 20th August 2014

Good relationship: “To get on Like a House on Fire” 20th August 2014

“To get on Like a House on Fire” This means to have a good relationship with someone. Miriam and Alberto get on like a house on fire, but they’re just good friends!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge of them is essential for learner of English to seem […]

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Dating Idiom “To Chat someone Up” 19th August 2014

Dating Idiom “To Chat someone Up” 19th August 2014

“To Chat someone Up” This is a good one. It is used to describe when someone has an informal flirty conversation with someone in order to seduce them. E.g. At a party: “Juan is over there chatting up Caroline, they seem to bet getting on like a house on fire!” Vocabulary: to Chat: to speak […]

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Very expensive! “To cost an Arm and a Leg” 18th August 2014

Very expensive! “To cost an Arm and a Leg” 18th August 2014

“To Cost an Arm and a Leg.” This is a common one used to suggest that something is very expensive. E.g. “My new Stereo system Cost an Arm and a Leg but it’s well worth it - the sound quality is fantastic!! Expression with a similar meaning – “to be dear” We cannot say it cost one […]

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Flirty look: “To Give someone the Eye” 6th June 2014

Flirty look: “To Give someone the Eye” 6th June 2014

This sexy idiom describes when you flirt with someone using your eyes – showing you are interested. A cheeky look. E.g. “Look at that boy over there, Annie, he’s really handsome! “You should Give him the Eye – then he’ll come over and chat you up!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in […]

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“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” 5th June 2014

“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” 5th June 2014

“To Bad Mouth Someone” or “To Slag someone off” These idioms are used to express something negative about someone or something. E.g. “Sally is always bad mouthing her boss and company – she should be careful!” “Pete was slagging you off behind your back yesterday in the pub – you should give him a knuckle […]

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“Not my Cup of Tea!” 4th June 2014

“Not my Cup of Tea!” 4th June 2014

“Not my Cup of Tea!” This old classic English idiom is used to state that something is not the speakers preference. “Have you seen the new Tom Cruise film?” “It’s not my cup of tea I prefer classic films like “12 Angry Men.” or Hitchcock films. Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in […]

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Be careful! or “I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich” 3rd June 2014

Be careful! or “I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich” 3rd June 2014

“A Knuckle Sandwich” This humourous idiom is used as a joking threat. “Stop annoying me or I’ll give you a Knuckle Sandwich!” “hahahaha ok sorry!” Vocabulary: Knuckle: The parts of the hand which connect the hand to the fingers. Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge of them is essential […]

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Call me! “Give me a Bell” 2nd June 2014

Call me! “Give me a Bell” 2nd June 2014

“Give me a Bell” In this idiom a bell is a telephone. It means in short “Call me!” It is very common in informal dialogue. “See you later!” “Yes, I’ll give you a bell to let you know what time my train arrives!” “Give me a Ding” can also be used as an alternative. Idioms […]

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