Category Archives: Idioms

Idiom of the Week: From the Bottom of My Heart

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Meaning: To be very honest; to be speaking truthfully.

Example:

I think you’re the best mom ever. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

I’m speaking from the bottom of my heart when I say I’m glad to be here today.

You can tell he’s speaking from the bottom of his heart – it looks like he;s going to cry.

 

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of from the bottom of my heart?

A.  Sincerely

B.  Insincerely

C.  Deeply

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Idiom of the week: Jump Down One’s Throat

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Meaning: To respond angrily, often unexpectedly, to what someone has said or done.

Examples: 

Whoa, you don’t have to jump down my throat.

He jumped down her throat because he thought she was not listening to him.

Why did you jump down his throat when he just tried to give you his suggestion?

 

Pop Quiz:

If you were about to jump down someone’s throat, what would you feel?

A.  Angry.

B.  Upset.

C.  Excited.

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Idiom of the Week: Pick Someone’s Brains

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Meaning: To ask someone a lot of questions in order to learn something new or get information.

Examples:

I’d like to pick your brains about buying a house because I know you used to be a real estate agent.

May I pick your brains for a few minutes? I have some questions about what it’s like being a new immigrant in New York.

I need some tips on improving my English – can I pick your brains for a few minutes?

 

Pop Quiz:

If you wanted to pick someone’s brains about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whose brains would you pick?

A.  A dietician’s.

B.  A plumber’s.

C.  A fitness instructor’s.

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Still Stealing the Show

Here is a music video that stole the show like we learned from our last Idiom of the Week by winning a YouTube Music Video Award in 2015 – Enjoy!

Stole the Show
Kygo feat. Parson James
Darling, darling, oh, turn the lights back on now
Watching, watching, as the credits all roll down
Crying, crying, you know we’re playing to a full house, house
No heroes, villains, one to blame
While wilted roses fill the stage
And the thrill, the thrill is gone
Our debut was a masterpiece
But in the end for you and me`
Oh, the show, it can’t go on
We used to have it all, but now’s our curtain call
So hold for the applause, oh
And wave out to the crowd, and take our final bow
Oh, it’s our time to go, but at least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
Darling, darling, you know that we are sold out
This is fading, but the band plays on now
We’re crying, crying, so let the velvet roll down, down
No heroes, villains, one to blame
While wilted roses fill the stage
And the thrill, the thrill is gone
Our debut was a masterpiece
Our lines we read so perfectly
But the show, it can’t go on
We used to have it all, but now’s our curtain call
So hold for the applause, oh
And wave out to the crowd, and take our final bow
Oh, it’s our time to go, but at least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
At least we stole the show
Stole the show
At least we stole the show
Stole the show
At least we stole the show
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Idiom of the Week: Steal the Show

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Meaning: To do better than everybody else, usually in a performance.

Examples:

The actor who played the lawyer was really good. She stole the show!

My son stole the show at his piano recital. I’m so proud of him!

Whenever we have a performance she always steals the show! I’m so envious!

 

Pop Quiz:

Stealing the show is a…

A.  Good thing.

B.  Bad thing.

C.  Neutral thing.

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Level With Revisited

Here are some very, very short movie and TV clips using our latest Idiom of the Week. Just click on them to listen to/watch them…

It would be a lot better if you'd just level with us.

Okay, I'm gonna level with you. You are my only hope.

Son, I'm gonna level with you.

The least you can do is level with me.

Come on, sporto. Level with me.

Want me to level with you?

I'll level with you.

Fine, look, Gayle, I'm gonna level with you.

I'm gonna level with you, honey.

I'll level with you Roy.

 

 

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Idiom of the Week: Level With

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Image via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAFKTVd1lF4

Meaning: To speak with someone honestly.

Examples:

I will level with you because I don’t want to lie.

Level with me. I want to know your honest opinion.

Why don’t you level with her?

 

Pop Quiz:

If someone wants to level with you, they want to…

A. Measure your height.

B. Be honest with you.

C. Have the same height as you.

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