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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

= crazy

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
   someone

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
   explain things

 
 
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!


  
YOU BET!

= 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
   air!

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
  ideas are!


 
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!

= People who have something in common feel 
   comfortable together.

 
   
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
   the Oscars!


   
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
      track mind")

 
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
   
   
Time out!
 
   =
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
     thinking about?
"

   
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
    
are superstitious!

  
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
     something great

   Money talks

  = Money has power/influence!
  
  
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