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This Week's Idiom is ...
He who laughs last laughs longest!
= the person who plays the last joke (trick) has
the longest laugh!
Bob made fun of Lou's pronunciation but the next day, Lou put a toy snake on Bob's chair.
Bob thought it was real and screamed when he
sat on it. Lou thought it was really funny.
He who laughs last laughs longest!!!
Previous Idioms of the Week
to lend a hand
= to help
The Smiths' neighbors lent a hand when they were building their new fence (The neighbors helped them build the new fence).
in hot water
= in trouble
Bob didn't do his homework, so he's going to be/get in hot water! (from the teacher)
Put your money where your mouth is!
= If you believe that what you are saying is
true/right, let's bet on it!
Like mother, like daughter
Like father, like son
(this refers to the personality)
That takes the cake!
= That's unbelievable/incredible/ridiculous!
Not playing with a full deck
That guy always talks and shouts to himself.
He's not playing with a full deck!
Put a lid on it!
= Be quiet!!!
Two heads are better than one!
= Two people who work together will have more
ideas than just one person!
TO LOSE YOUR SHIRT
= to lose all of or most of your money
I lost my shirt at the casino!
Joe lost his shirt betting on the horses
TO LOSE TOUCH
= to fail to keep in contact/communication with
After I graduated from university, I lost
touch with most of my classmates
PAINT THE TOWN (RED)
After the exam, let's go out and paint the town!
= Let's go out and enjoy the exciting
entertainment of the city!
A picture is worth a thousand words!
= A picture explains things better than words can
Let's get the ball rolling!
= Let's start now!
(usually said about an important project)
I HEAR YOU!
= I agree with what you are saying!
= Yes, sure, of course!
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
= Once in a while, occasionally
I go swimming outside once in a blue moon.
IT'S A DEAL!
= Okay, I agree, it will be done!
TO BET ON THE WRONG HORSE
= To make an incorrect guess about the future
If you think the Queen plans to retire, you're
betting on the wrong horse!
TO BE FULL OF HOT AIR!
= When someone talks a lot about something
he/she can or will do but in reality, there is no
truth in any of what he/she is saying - just hot
He went on the job interview because the company said they would be able to offer him a good position, but during the interview, he realized it was too small, with no opportunities. The manager was just full of hot air!
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE
TOUGH GET GOING!
= When there are problems, strong people
take action to solve the problems!
When the going gets tough =
When life becomes difficult
the tough get going =
strong people take action and do something
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO!
=When one person does something, everyone
follows and does the same thing!
TO BLOW ONE'S OWN HORN
= when a person boasts about how great
he/she is ...!
Don always blows his own horn. In staff
meetings, he tells everyone how great HIS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!
= People who have something in common feel
HIT THE BOOKS
= to study, prepare for class
Tonight I'm going to hit the books!
I can have my cake and eat it too!
= I can have EVERYTHING I want in life!
a poker face
= a face with no expression
This idiom originates from the card game of poker
because no gambling poker player should have an
expression that is easy to read! (that way, the other
players in the game won't be able to guess how
good/bad his/her cards are)
George has a poker face so you never know
what he's thinking!
to look like a million dollars
= to look great, to be very well dressed!
Julia Roberts looked like a million dollars at
a dime a dozen
= very common, easy to find
(countable nouns in plural form)
In North America, shopping malls are
a dime a dozen!
You have a one track mind!
= You always think about the same (one) thing!
(we can also say he/she/we/they "has/have a one
To have the inside track
= To have an advantage because you know
certain people or you have special information
Bob knows what the president is going to
announce in his televised speech this evening
because he has the inside track!
I would write an article about Julia Roberts'
life if I could get the inside track!
get = obtain
ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
= in a bad/poor/undesirable neighborhood
Sam grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.
Curiosity killed the cat!
= It's not good to be too curious!
The cat's out of the bag!
=The secret is not a secret anymore!
It's raining cats and dogs!
= It's raining hard (a lot)!
There's no time like the present!
= It is best to do it now!
Time heals all wounds
= With time, sadness will pass
= Stop, calm down! (usually said in the middle
of a discussion or argument)
= Let's take a break now!
A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS!
= A friendly way to say "What are you
What goes around comes around!
= if you treat people badly, something bad
will happen to you and if you treat people
well, something good will happen to you.
This common idiom proves that Americans
All that glitters isn't gold!
= Not everything is as wonderful
as it seems (this can refer to material
things and also situations)
You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours!
= If you do a favor for me, I will do
a favor for you!
ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY!
= it might take a long time to achieve
= Money has power/influence!