1.Blow something out of proportion
Definition: exaggerate the importance of an event to make it seem much moreimportant than it actually is
You don't need to blow your report card out of proportion. You'll do betternext time.
The boss is blowing the drop in sales out of proportion.
2.Break out in tears
Definition: begin crying suddenly, usually in an exaggerated matter
Mary broke out in tears as soon as she heard he was leaving her.
My cousin broke out in tears when she learned that he had cancer.
3.Break out in a cold sweat
Definition: become suddenly very nervous about something
I broke out in a cold sweat when I heard they were laying off workers.当
The news made him break out in a cold sweat.
4.Come in out of the rain
Definition: come inside from outside, used in a friendly manner when invitingsomeone into your home
Hurry up and come in out of the rain. I'll make you a nice cup of tea.
She told me to come in out of the rain and warm up.
5.Come out ahead
Definition: gain an advantage after a series of events
It was a tough year, but we came out ahead in the end.
I think I'll come out ahead if I win this bet.
6.Come out of the closet
Definition: to state that you are homosexual - modern usage, to admit thatyou like something that others might find a little unusual - more generalusage
Gary came out of the closet last week. His parents took the news well.
OK, I'll come out of the closet and admit that I love opera.
7.Down and out
Definition: to be in a bad position financially
Ted has been down and out theselast few years.
I hope you never have to experience being down and out. It's no fun!
8.Eat your heart out
Definition: an expression of jealousy at the fortune of someone else
Hey, eat your heart out! I just won $50,000 in the lotto!
He ate his heart out when he heard that Jim got the position.
9.Feel out of place
Definition: not feel comfortable in a situation
I felt a little out of place in my latest position at work.
Many students feel out of place the first few weeks of class.
10.Fork money out
Definition: spend money on something
I forked $100 out for those headphones.
Jennifer doesn't want to fork out more than $1,000 for the party.
11.Get out of the wrong side of the bed
Definition: be in a bad mood for a long time
I must have got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning. Nothing isgoing well for me today!
Ignore Jane. She got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning.
12.Go in one ear and out the other
Definition: not pay attention to something that has been instructed
I'm afraid his name went in one ear and out the other. Can you tell me hisname again?
Unfortunately, what I say just goes in one ear and out the other.
13.Let the cat out of the bag
Definition: tell a surprise to someone that one should keep secret
Why did you tell him? You let the cat out of the bag!
Peter let the cat out of the bag a few days early.
14.Like a fish out of water
Definition: to be out of place
I felt like a fish out of water in my new position.
Some students feel like fish out of water for the first few days.
15.Make a mountain out of a molehill
Definition: make something seem much more important than it is, exaggeratethe importance of something
Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. We'll get bythis month and theneverything will be OK.
Margret made a mountain out of a molehill. Just ignore her.
16.Odd man out
Definition: not belong to a situation, feel strange in a situation
I was the odd man out last night with Tim and Anna. I think they wanted to bealone.
Sometimes I feel like the odd man out no matter how hard I try to fit in.
17.Out and about
Definition: away from the home
Doug is out and about tonight. I don't know when he'll return.
I feel like we need to get out and about.
18.Out of luck
Definition: unfortunate, unlucky
You're out of luck today.
I'm sorry your out of luck. We don't have anymore.
19.Out of the blue
Definition: suddenly and unexpectedly
Guess who I saw out of the blue? Tim!
The car appeared out of the blue and I barely avoided an accident.
20.Out of the question
Definition: not possible under any circumstances
I'm afraid that's out of the question.
The teacher said that retaking the test was out of the question.
21.Out of turn
Definition: not in the correct order
She spoke out of turn.
We'll discuss this grammar point out of turn.
22.Out on a limb
Definition: taking a chance, risking something
I'll go out on a limb and guess that he loves her.
You don't need to go out on a limb.
23.Pull out all the stops
Definition: try as hard as one can
I'm going to pull out all the stops to get this job.
The director pulled out all the stops on this latest marketing campaign.
24.Shape up or ship out
Definition: act correctly or stop doing something - usually used as athreat
Tom you'll have to shape up or ship out.
I told her to shape up or ship out. I'm tired of her excuses.
English Idioms and Expressions
1.Eat like a horse
Definition: usually eat a lot of food
Tom eats like a horse! Make sure to grill three hamburgers for him.
He doesn't usually eat like a horse.
2.Eat like a bird
Definition: usually eat very little food
She eats like a bird, so don't make too much for dinner.
He weighs 250 pounds even though he eats like a bird.
3.Feel like a million
Definition: feel very good and happy
I'm feeling like a million today. I just got a new job!
After his promotion, he felt like a million.
4.Fit like a glove
Definition: clothes or apparel that fit perfectly
My new shoes fit like a glove.
Her jeans fit like a glove after she went on a diet.
5.Go like clockwork
Definition: to happen very smoothly, without problems
The presentation went like clockwork.
Her plans went like clockwork and she was able to join the company.
6.Know someone or something like the back of one's hand
Definition: know in every detail, understand completely
She knows me like the back of her hand.
I know this project like the back of my hand.
7.Like a bat out of hell
Definition: very fast, quickly
He left the room like a bat out of hell.
They drove off like a bat out of hell.
8.Like a bump on a log
Definition: not moving
Don't sit there like a bump on a log!
She sits around all day like a bump on a log.
9.Like a fish out of water
Definition: completely out of place, not belonging at all
He looks like a fish out of water on the football field.
The boss felt like a fish out of water in San Francisco.
10.Like a sitting duck
Definition: be very exposed to something
He felt like a sitting duck and moved to cover his position.
Your investments have left you like a sitting duck in this market.
11.Out like a light
Definition: fall asleep quickly
He went out like a light.
I hit the pillow and was out like a light.
12.Read someone like a book
Definition: understand the other person's motivation for doing something
She can read me like a book.
I know you don't mean that. I can read you like a book.
13.Sell like hotcakes
Definition: sell very well, very quickly
The book sold like hotcakes.
The iPhone initially sold like hotcakes.
14.Sleep like a log
Definition: sleep very deeply
I was tired and slept like a log.
She went home and slept like a log.
15.Spread like wildfire
Definition: an idea that gets known very quickly
His solution to the problem spread like wildfire.
Her opinions spread like wildfire.
16.Watch someone like a hawk
Definition: keep a very close eye on someone, watch very carefully
Don't make any mistakes because I'm watching you like a hawk.
She watches her son like a hawk whenever he goes outside to play.
1.able to do something standing on one's head -> do something very easilyand without effort
He's able to count backward standing on his head.
Don't worry about that. I can do it standing on my head.
2.bang your head against a brick wall -> do something without any chanceof it succeeding
I've been banging my head against a brick wall when it comes to finding ajob.
Trying to convince Kevin is like banging your head against a brick wall.
3.beat something into someone's head-> teach someone something byrepeating it over and over again
Sometimes you just need to beat grammar into your head.
My father beat the importance of kindness into my head.
4.bite someone's head off -> criticize someone strongly
Tim bit my head off last night at the party.
Don't bit my head off just because I made a mistake.
5.bring something to a head -> cause a crisis to happen
We need to bring the situation to a head to get a resolution.
The immigration situation brought the political crisis to a head.
6.bury one's head in the sand -> ignore something completely
You're going to have to face the situation and not bury your head in thesand.
He chose to bury his head in the sand and not confront her.
7.can't make heads or tails out of something -> not be able to understandsomething
I hate to admit that I can't make heads or tails out of this mathproblem.
The politicians can't make heads or tails out of the current employmentcrisis.
8.drum something into someone's head -> repeat over and over until someonelearns something
I had to drum German grammar into my head for two years before I could speakthe language.
I suggest you drum this into your head for the test next week.
9.fall head over heels in love -> fall deeply in love
She fell head over heals in love with Tom.
Have you ever fallen head over heels in love?
10.from head to toe -> dressed or covered in something completely
He's dressed in blue from head to toe.
She's wearing lace from head to toe.
11.get a head start on something -> begin doing something early
Let's get a head start on the report tomorrow.
She got a head start on her homework immediately after school.
12.get your head above water-> keep going in life despite manydifficulties
If I can find a job I'll be able to get my head above water.
Study these pages and you'll get your head above water.
13.get someone or something out of one's head -> remove someone orsomething from your thoughts (often used in the negative)
I'm really upset that I can't get her out of my head.
She spent three years getting those experiences out of her head.
14.give someone a head's start -> let someone else begin before you in acompetition of some kind
I'll give you twenty minutes head's start.
Can you give me a head's start?
15.go over someone's head -> not be able to understand something
I'm afraid the joke went over her head.
I'm afraid the situation goes over my head.
16.go to someone's head -> make someone feel better than others
His good grades went to his head.
Don't let your success go to your head. Stay humble.
17.have a good head on your shoulders -> be intelligent
She's got a good head on her shoulders.
You can trust him because he's got a good head on his shoulders.
18.head someone or something off -> arrive before someone or somethingelse
Let's head them off at the pass.
We need to head the problem off.
19.hit the nail on the head -> be exactly right about something
I think you hit the nail on the head.
His answer hit the nail on the head.
20.in over one's head -> do something that is too difficult for aperson
I'm afraid Peter is in over his head with Mary.
Do you ever feel that your in over your head?
21.lose your head -> become nervous or angry
Don't lose your head over the situation.
She lost her head when he told her he wanted a divorce.