August 26th, 2015 in English Learning
Here is a list of common idiomatic expressions in English.
Not hang together
If things do not hang together, they are not consistent with each other.
Take exception to
To take exception to something is to object to it.
To a fault
If you are generous to a fault, you are so generous that your generosity is a fault.
If something is gaining ground, it is becoming more acceptable.
Pay off old scores
To pay off old scores is to take revenge.
On and off
When you do something on and off, you do it at intervals.
Off and on
If you do something off and on, you do it now and then.
Put a spoke in someone’s wheel
To put a spoke in someone’s wheel is to thwart the execution of their plan.
Make one’s mark
To make your mark as a thinker is to distinguish yourself as a thinker.
At one’s fingers’ ends
When you have something at your fingers’ ends, you have easy access to it.
If a film or a show falls flat, it meets with a cold reception.
Put your foot down
To put your foot down is to take a resolute stand.
Turn over a new leaf
To turn over a new leaf is to change for the better.
Make up one’s mind
To make up your mind is to resolve or decide.
No love lost between them
If there is no love lost between two people, they dislike each other.
From hand to mouth
To live from hand to mouth is to live in poverty.