October 1st, 2012 in Expressions
There are numerous figurative expressions in English. Here is a list of some of them.
To follow suit = to do something that somebody else has done
John bought a new car. His jealous neighbor immediately followed suit.
To swell with pride
To swell with pride is to feel extreme joy.
My son has won a prestigious scholarship and I am swelling with pride.
The sword of Damocles
To have the sword of Damocles hanging over your head is to live in constant fear of some impending danger.
Used to refer to a period of time when there is peace and happiness on earth.
Give the devil his due
Used to say that a person should be rewarded for his good qualities however worthless he may be.
She is very clumsy and I don’t quite like it when she enters the kitchen, but I have got to give the devil her due. She makes excellent cakes.
To be in the doldrums
When you are in the doldrums, you are in low spirits.
Draconian legislation means very stringent laws.
Throw dust in someone’s eyes
To throw dust in someone’s eyes is to try to deceive him / her.
The courage that one feels when one is under the influence of alcoholic drinks
It was Dutch courage that made him hit the policeman.
In the same boat
When people are in the same boat they are in the same circumstances.
‘I’m broke. Do you think you could lend me a few dollars?’ ‘Sorry, I’m in the same boat.’