Learn Some Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Spill the beans: give information unintentionally.
e.g. "I told them that you will be on vacation next week." "It's supposed to be a secret. Well, you just spilled the beans.
Spitting image: exact image.
e.g. He has a spitting image of his brother: they are twins.
Bat along: move along smoothly.
e.g. This is not rush hour, and cars do bat along.
Bone-head: a simple-minded person
e.g. Don't be a bone-head! Do some thinking!
Blue pencil: censor.
e.g. The committee will blue pencil whatever you are going to say.
Hold one's horse: wait a minute; not immediately.
e.g. Dinner is ready, but hold your horse; wait for the host to come down!
In good nick: in good condition.
e.g. If I were you, I would buy this car; it's in good nick.
Boil over: become angry.
e.g. Get away from him: he's boiling over with rage.
Put one's thinking cap on: seriously consider.
e.g. Well, I'll have to put my thinking cap on this before I can give you an answer.
Rake it in: earn money quickly.
e.g. If you invest in this, you can really rake it in.
Bone idle: very lazy.
e.g. She's bone idle: she never does any household chore.
Bone up on: study hard.
e.g. If you wish to pass your test, you'd better bone up on it.
Bowl over: overwhelm.
e.g. I was bowled over by all the information received at the seminar.
e.g. What's the matter? Everybody looks pooped today. We haven't even started the work!
Break down on: be a disadvantage for.
e.g. The new job broke down on me.
Breeze up: becoming frightened.
e.g. Whenever you mention terrorist attack, I have the breeze up.
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