November 22nd, 2015 in English Learning
Here are some common idiomatic expressions in English.
Take stock of
To take stock of a situation is to assess it.
A man of straw
This expression is used to refer to a person who is of no consequence.
In full swing
If something is in full swing, it is at the height of activity.
Be born with a silver spoon in his mouth
This expression is used to refer to a person who is born to wealth and luxury.
Stands to reason
If something stands to reason, it is obvious or clear from the facts.
Stand someone in good stead
If something stands you in good stead, it will be of great use to you.
Take the wind out of someone’s sails
If something takes the wind out of your sails, it makes your words or actions ineffective.
Take someone to task
To take someone to task is to reprimand them.
Have a bone to pick with somebody
If you have a bone to pick with somebody, you have an unpleasant matter to settle with them.
Pay someone back in their own coin
To pay someone back in their own coin is to treat them in the same way they have treated you.
One’s hands are full
When your hands are full, you are very busy.
Have a hand in something
If you have a hand in something, you are involved in it.
Fight shy of
To fight shy of somebody is to try to avoid them.