Archive for the ‘Expressions’ Category

Health idioms

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.

Academic idioms

October 27th, 2014 in Expressions

As easy as ABC

If something is as easy as ABC, it is very easy.

  • The exam was as easy as ABC.

School idioms

October 25th, 2014 in Expressions

Crack a book

To crack a book is to open a book to study. This expression is usually used in the negative.

Fitness Idioms

October 18th, 2014 in Expressions

Alive and kicking

If somebody is alive and kicking, they are well and healthy. The expression ‘alive and well’ means the same.

  • Although my grandmother is ninety-five, she is very much alive and kicking.

Card playing idioms

September 29th, 2014 in Expressions

Here is a list of idiomatic expressions related to card games.

Above board

When you are above board, you are honest. Players used to keep their hands above the board or table while playing cards. This was done to show their honesty.

Call phrasal verbs

September 24th, 2014 in Expressions

Here is a list of phrasal verbs using the word call.

Call back

To call back is to ask people to return from one position or situation to a previous one.

Business idioms

August 8th, 2014 in Expressions

Across the board

If something is implemented across the board, it affects everyone or everything.

  • The company is expected to increase salaries across the board.