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مُساهمةموضوع: idioms that helps improve our English   الأحد 3 أغسطس 2008 - 1:53

Here are some english idioms that can realy help us improve our english :

about to : ready to; on the verge of
EXAMPLE: I’m glad you’re finally home. I was just about to have dinner without you.

after all : despite everything; when everything has been considered;the fact is
EXAMPLE 1: You’d better invite Ed to your party. After all, he’s a good friend.
EXAMPLE 2: It doesn’t matter what your boss thinks of you. After all, you’re going to quit your job anyway.

at least : anyway; the good thing is that...
EXAMPLE 1: We’ve run out of coffee, but at least we still have tea.
EXAMPLE 2: Tracy can’t afford to buy a car, but at least she has a good bicycle.
NOTE: The second definition of this phrase is “no less than”: There were at least 300 people waiting in line to buy concert tickets.

(to) break the news : to make something known
EXAMPLE 1: Samantha and Michael are getting married, but they haven’t yet broken the news to their parents.
EXAMPLE 2: You’d better break the news to your father carefully. After all, you don’t want him to have a heart attack!

(to) cost an arm and a leg : to be very expensive
EXAMPLE 1: A college education in America costs an arm and a leg.
EXAMPLE 2: All of the furniture at Honest Abe’s costs an arm and a leg!

(let’s) face it : accept a difficult reality
EXAMPLE 1: Let’s face it, if Ted spent more time studying, he wouldn’t be failing so many of his cl***es!
EXAMPLE 2: Let’s face it, if you don’t have a college degree, it can be difficult to find a high-paying job.
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: idioms that helps improve our English   الأحد 3 أغسطس 2008 - 2:30

thanx tima keep it going
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: idioms that helps improve our English   الأحد 3 أغسطس 2008 - 2:41

u'r welcome dahmen hope it helps and here are more idioms


(to) give one the creeps :
to create a feeling of disgust or horror


EXAMPLE 1: Ted’s friend Matt has seven earrings in each ear and an “I


Love Mom” tattoo on his arm. He really gives Nicole the creeps.


EXAMPLE 2: There was a strange man following me around the grocery


store. He was giving me the creeps!



(to) go back to the drawing board :
to start a task over


because the last try failed; to start again from the beginning


EXAMPLE 1: Frank’s new business failed, so he had to go back to the


drawing board.


EXAMPLE 2: The president didn’t agree with our new ideas for the company,


so we had to go back to the drawing board.



(to) go belly-up :
to go bankrupt


EXAMPLE 1: Many people lost their jobs when Enron went belly-up.


EXAMPLE 2: My company lost $3 million last year. We might go belly-up.



(to) give someone the ax :
to fire someone


EXAMPLE 1: Mary used to talk to her friends on the phone all day at work,


until one day her boss finally gave her the ax.


EXAMPLE 2: Poor Paul! He was given the ax two days before christmas.



(to) lose one’s temper :
to become very angry


EXAMPLE 1: Bob always loses his temper when his kids start talking on


the telephone during dinner.


EXAMPLE 2: When Ted handed in his essay two weeks late, his teacher


really lost her temper.



(to) make up one’s mind :
to reach a decision; to decide


EXAMPLE 1: Stephanie couldn’t make up her mind whether to attend


Harvard or Stanford. Finally, she chose Stanford.


EXAMPLE 2: Do you want an omelette or fried eggs? You’ll need to make


up your mind quickly because the waitress is coming.



no point in :
no reason to; it’s not worth (doing something)


EXAMPLE 1: There’s no point in worrying about things you can’t change.


EXAMPLE 2: There’s no point in going on a picnic if it’s going to rain.



(to) put up with :
to endure without complaint


EXAMPLE 1: For many years, Barbara put up with her husband’s annoying


behavior. Finally, she decided to leave him.


EXAMPLE 2: I don't know how Len puts up with his mean boss every day.
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