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british idioms

on September 3, 2011

drop the other shoe

to make a expected rest of something

Ex: Mss ftima has problems with his boss. she will drop the other shoe and left his work

fight someone or thing tooth and nail

fighting someone or something with pressed and determination

Ex: the libyan people fight elkadafi tooth and nail

by hook or crook

doing or to get something any way.

Ex: sami want to be rich by hook or crook

spit and image of someone

to say there is a close resemblence between someone and an other

Ex: sara is the spit and the image of his sister

by the sweat of one’s brow

by one’s efforts

Ex : safa got a well grade by the sweat of her brow

till the fat lady sings

to say something exist by a long time

Ex:said asked: morad when will you give me my mony

morad: answer i will not do till the fat lady sing

break out in a cold sweat

we say it when we become afraid or anxious and we we begin to sweat

Ex: in the first day of the exam i broke out in cold

chew the fat or chew the rag

chating or gossiping, talking in things not important

Ex: women chew the fat in the coffe feast

a drop in the ocean

if we get something but its not enough

Ex: nabil know well that 100,000 DH is a drop in the ocean to buy a home

a piece of cake

means a easy thing

Ex: the english exam was apiece of cake

at a loose end

there is nothing to do , to be infront of the lost

Ex:still 4 minutes the red cup is at a loose end

a new lease of life

a new chance to live

Ex: stop smoking give a new lease of life

another string to one’s bow

means doing something can make well

Ex: studing is another string to our bow

go down a treat

doing something perfectly make every one enjoy it

Ex she made a cick and she went down a treat

make a song and dance about something

talking and doing noise about something not important

Ex: I think that women should be serious with ignorance but they make a song and dance about fashion

off one’s own bat

if some one made some thing with himself without asking of anyone

Ex: my sister off her own bat and she choose shoes for me

just the ticket

if something is the perfect thing or if it’s the exact thing that we need

Ex : for students in morocco baccalaureate diploma is just the ticket to have a high study  


4 responses to “british idioms

  1. sometimes that is not important and we ignore will become very important and meaningful.

  2. Habdou says:

    This is really interesting because the use of idioms in spoken English reflects mastery of the language and proficiency of the speaker in conveying a lot of meanings in a safe and economic way.

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