Learn some common everyday American expressions.
You could have fooled me: I would have thought otherwise.
e.g. "We're not getting along well; we've too many differences." "You could have fooled me! I thought the two of you are cut out for each other."
What gives?: what's wrong? what's the problem?
e.g. "You were screaming at each other. What gives?"
Get right on it: do it immediately.
e.g. "Can you help me with this software?" "I'll get right on it."
Search me: I don't know; I don't have the answer.
e.g. "Do you know the author of this quotation?" "Search me."
You don't know the half of it: it is worse than what you think.
e.g. "The company is having some financial problems." "You don't know the half of it. I tell you what; it might even go bankrupt."
Says who?: who do you think you are to say that?
e.g. "I heard you were reprimanded by your boss for being late again." "Says who?"
You said a mouthful: you said what needs to be said.
e.g. "The movie was disappointing: the story was uninteresting; the acting was bad; and it was too long." "Yes, you said a mouthful!"
What would you say if: asking for an opinion; what about?
e.g. "I heard you were recently offered a job." "What would you say if I decline the offer?"
No sweat: it's ok; no problem.
e.g. "I'm sorry I'm late." "No sweat! We've all the time in the world."
What about it?: so what?
e.g. "You were late for the meeting." "What about it? I didn't want to come in the first place."
Over my dead body: absolutely not!
e.g. "Can I come with you? " "Over my dead body!"
Knock it off: shut up!; be quiet.
e.g. "Knock it off! You and your big mouth!"
Can't beat that: no one can do better than that.
e.g. "Of all people, I finished the project in less than a week. Can't beat that."
No can do: I cannot do it..
e.g. "Can you do this now?" "No can do."
So much for that: that's the end of that
e.g. "Well, so much for that. I'm not going to get involved any more. That's it!"
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