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Monday, April 1, 2013

Learn Some American Idioms (5)

Learn some American idioms. The English language is rich in idiomatic expressions. A student studying American English as a foreign language with only limited knowledge of idioms will find himself or herself in a serious disadvantage in reading, discussions and debates.


Lord it over: to dominate
e.g. Your boss lords it over everyone in the office.

Have one's nose in a book: reading a book
e.g. I like books, and I always have my nose in a book.

Johnny-on-the-spot: at the right place at the right time
e.g. Here you are, Johnny-on-the-spot. You're the person we need!

Rack one's brain: think hard
e.g. I racked my brain the whole morning, but I couldn't come up with an explanation.

Take forty winks: take a nap
e.g. She is taking her forty winks now; come back later.

In the wrong: on the wrong side of the issue
e.g. I can't argue with you; you always think that everyone else is in the wrong.

Lose one's train of thought: forget what one is saying
e.g. If you are not paying attention, it is easy to lose your train of thought.

Have other fish to fry: other things to do
e.g. I cannot help you right now: I have other fish to fry.

In the wind:about to happen
e.g. Is it in the wind that we are going to get a pay rise?

Take something or someone on faith: believe with little evidence
e.g. I'm telling you the truth. Just take it on faith!

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