Idioms & phrases

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common english idioms & phrases

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IdiomsMeaning
sleep
I haven’t slept for 24 hours.
I haven’t slept better.
Haven’t slept a wink.
 
hit a home runSucceed with something. 
poker faceThe expression on someone’s face does not show their thoughts or feelings.
a lucky dog a lucky person
a big dog  a particularly prominent, important or powerful person, organization
大人物/看门狗
a top dog A person who succeeds or dominates in their field.
掌权人。某个领域的菁英,也拥有支配该领域的地位。
dominate – verb统治;
控制/ˈdɑː.mə.neɪt/
Rain cats and dogsIt rains heavily.
to lead a dog’s lifeUnhappy life.
悲惨生活、贫困潦倒
dog eat dog Used to describe situations in which people do anything to succeed, even if they do hurt others.
无情的、竞争激烈。
因每个人都想要成功,并且也想伤害别人来得到成功。
work like a dog Work hard
dog-tired Extremely exhausted
筋疲力尽,极度疲惫的
exhausted /ɪɡˈzɑː.stɪd/极其疲惫的
extremely/ɪkˈstriːm.li/ adverb-非常
sick as a dog Very ill, especially stomach problems.
病得严重,吐得很严重
Every dog has its daysThose who are unfortunate can also succeed.
时来运转,风水轮流转
You can never teach an old dog new tricks. People who have long been accustomed to doing things in a particular way will not give up their habits.
老狗学不会新把戏
accustomed/əˈkʌs.təmd/
adjective-习惯的
sb’s bark is worse than his /her bite.
bark /bɑːrk/ noun-狗吠声
bite /baɪt/verb-(用牙)咬
Their words are worse than their actions.
刀子嘴,豆腐心
meaner than a junkyard dog
meaner小气的,刻薄的
junkyard /ˈdʒʌŋk.jɑːrd/ noun(堆放旧物等的)废物场
unfriendly
let sleeping dogs liePast things let it go, don’t ask for trouble
过去的事让它过去,别自找麻烦

 

IdiomMeaning
beats meI don’t know.
bring home the baconMake money for a family.
close to homeSomething makes you feel depressed, embarrassed, sad
face the musicAccept criticism or punishment for what you do.
Get out of hereExpress incredible common words
go home  
have a word withTalk to someone.
have the facecheeky  /ˈtʃiː.ki/ adjective 厚脸皮的
home free Completed the worst or most difficult part of some things and ensured successful completion.轻易取胜
homely ❶Describe a room or house is plain.
❷The appearance of the person is not good; the appearance is mediocre.
house arrestLosing personal freedom of movement, someone can only stay at home
I’ll leave you beI will leave you alone.
I’m goodI’m okay.
No,thank you.
It’s a long storyWhen someone asks you about what has happened and you don’t want to explain it to them, you can use this expression.
keep it upEncourage someone to continue doing something
My bad My mistake.
It is generally used between friends, colleagues, classmates and other acquaintances.
Tell me about itUsed to express the same feelings or the same experience
to put it in a nutshell Simply explain something.
What else is new?Not surprised at what someone said or something.
You can say that againI agree with your opinion.
You don’t sayExpress surprise or express sarcasm.
State a fact as passed a second ago.
safe and soundUse in a dangerous situation, indicating that someone is alive and not hurt
see you homeI will take you home.
Off the hook Out of trouble.
I second thatI agree.
on the same pageUnderstand and agree to what someone is doing or suggesting.

 

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