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“Let the cat out of the bag”
Definition: To tell people secret information, often without intending to
I was trying to keep the party a secret, but Jim went and let the cat out of the bag.
“When it rains, it pours”
Definition: it hasn’t happened for a long time, and then it happens all at once .
“It looks like everyone in our department is sick again, and all at the same time.” Reply: “When it rains, it pours.”
“Go cold turkey”……
- to suddenly and completely stop doing something, esp. a bad habit
Finally she went cold turkey on a 23-year smoking habit and hasn’t smoked since.
- also used in the form quit cold turkey with the same meaning:
The big organizations suddenly quit cold turkey, leaving the work to volunteers.
A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush.
Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
Swift as an arrow *
Definition: Very fast. (*Also: as ~.)
The new intercity train is as swift as an arrow. You won’t have to wait for me long; I’ll be there, swift as thought.
Also,*swift as the wind; *swift as thought
A Chip On Your Shoulder
Definition: Being upset for something that happened in the past
He has a chip on his shoulder because his brother got more ice cream than he did.
jump down his/her throat
Definition: If you jump down someone’s throat, you criticise or chastise them severely.
John’s mom jumped down his throat when she saw his dirty room.
Definition: Savings set aside for future use….
“Now that our nest egg is large enough, we can finally retire.”
Race against the clock
very little time to do it.
Bend over backwards
Add fuel to the fire / flames
If you add fuel to the fire, you do or say something that makes a difficult situation even worse.
He forgot their wedding anniversary, and his apologies only added fuel to the fire/ flames.
The following cooking idioms and expressions are brought to you by:
1. To cook the books – to record false information in the accounts of an organisation.
2. To go from/get/jump out of the frying pan into the fire – to go from a bad situation to a worse one
3. Too many cooks spoil the broth – too many people managing a job can actually create more problems
4. To Cook Something Up* – to organise something
‘Leave the organisational details of the party to me. I will cook something up and it will be fantastic. You’ll see.’
*It is also used literally to mean to cook a meal.
5. To grill someone -to question someone without stopping
6. To boil over (phrasal verb) – when someone cannot control their anger and start to argue or fight
‘The situation was so tense in the boardroom that people’s tempers were boiling over by the end of the meeting.
7. To simmer down (phrasal verb) – to become calm
‘Hey, simmer down and relax. Getting angry won’t change things’.
8. To Simmer with rage/anger – to be filled with negative emotions like rage and anger
‘Susan simmered with rage when she saw the disaster the builders had caused to the extension’
9. To stew(v) or to be in a stew(noun) – to be mentally agitated
‘After the interrogation, the police let Tom stew for a few hours before releasing him’.
‘James is always coming to me with his half-baked ideas on how we can increase sales. He is so annoying.’