October 29th, 2014 in Expressions
Break out in a cold sweat
To break out in a cold sweat is to perspire from anxiety.
- He broke out in a cold sweat when taxmen knocked on his door.
Breathe one’s last
To breathe one’s last is to die.
- He breathed his last after being ill for a long time.
Bring someone round
To bring someone round is to restore them to consciousness.
- Although the doctors tried their best, they couldn’t bring him round.
Bundle of nerves
When you are a bundle of nerves, you are very nervous.
- She was a bundle of nerves on her wedding day.
Burn oneself out
To burn yourself out is to become tired from working too hard.
- After the death of her husband, she had to burn herself out to support her family.
Clean bill of health
A clean bill of health is a report that a person is very healthy.
- The doctor gave her a clean bill of health.
Come down with (something)
To come down with something is to become sick with it.
- My daughter came down with a cold yesterday.
A couch doctor is a psychoanalyst.
- I think she should see a couch doctor.
Die a natural death
To die a natural death is to die of old age.
- She was eighty-five and died a natural death.
A dose of one’s own medicine
When you get a dose of your own medicine, you get the same treatment that you give to others.
- The boy who bullied us got a dose of his own medicine.