To put your foot in it说错话
= To say something that accidentally upsets someone, or embarasses them.
We use idioms …
to get attention
two peas in a pod如出一辙，极其相似
They are like two peas in a pod!
A metaphor is
…using a word / phrase saying something is something else
He is as sharp as a knife!
= he is very clever / intelligent
He is not the sharpest tool in the shed!
= he is not very clever / intelligent
= the important details
She’s big-boned = She’s fat
She’s getting on a bit = She’s old
You could say, she is vertically challenged = She’s short
Nothing ventured, nothing gained = if you don’t try or take risks, you won’t succeed
Where there’s a will, there’s a way = if you really want to do something, you can
Once bitten, twice shy
…tend to have a moral message, or a warning or some kind of advice.
To be the spitting image of ____
= to look exactly the same as ____
To be a loose canon…行为不受拘束，举止失控
= to say things (often bad) without thinking or realising it
To get carried away情绪高涨，失去分寸，被冲昏头脑
= to talk a lot without realising you are talking too much
It runs in the family
= it’s a characteristic of most people in that family
Many members of my family are artists.
Art runs in the family
Being an artist runs in the family.
The artistic spirit runs in the family.
The entrepreneurial spirits runs in his family.
As bright as a button
= very clever / intelligent
To think on your feet
= To think quickly and improvise.
a bosom friend
= a close friend
To go back a long way
= We’ve known each other a long time
To known somenone like the back of your hand
= to know someone very well
to hit it off
= to get on / get along very well with someone
straight away = immediately
to see eye to eye
= to agree
A men / women after your own heart
= You think in a similar way / you admire that person’s way of thinking
You are a man after my own heart.
second to none
The food in Spain is second to none.
When it comes to cooking, she is second to one.
To go out on a limb
= to take a risk and do something you think is right
To be highly strung
= to be nervous and easily upset.
To be a know-it-all
= someone who thinks they know everything
To suffer fools gladly
= to tolerate stupid people
She doesn’t suffer fools gladly
= She doesn’t like stupid people
To come down on you like a ton of bricks.
= punish you quickly and severely
To be set in your ways
= to not like change