Commonly Used Idioms And Phrases | Enrich Your Speech
English Fluency Journey
Published at : 02 Dec 2020
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I gathered some different expressions and idioms that I hear regularly in movies, talk shows, interviews and just casual conversations. Well you probably know this feeling of confusion when you watch a video or listen to some podcast and you hear some phrase that kind of doesn’t make any sense but it clearly means something important. And usually they are bewildering, because you know that’s the English language.
“Throw/have a fit”
It means to get enraged or upset or worried and often shouting out loud, because something or someone provoked you.
* Today I went to the mall and in the parking lot some guy threw a fit, because he wanted to park in the same spot that I parked in minutes earlier.
* Whenever I’m wearing my new perfume my boyfriend throws a fit, because he doesn’t like its scent.
“Burst at the seams”
When you feel yourself overwhelmed, stressed out or trying to contain a strong feeling that it seems that you’re going to explode you can use this expression to express your emotions.
Mostly its used to talk about a place, if it is jam packed, than you can say that it’s bursting at the seams.
Or when you have eaten too much you also can say that you’re bursting at the seams.
• This coffee shop serves the best coffee in the city. No wonder that it’s BURSTING AT THE SEAMS all the time.
• Who wants the dessert? Oh, not me! I’m stuffed. It feels like I’m BURSTING AT THE SEAMS.
“Take a/it’s toll (on something or someone)” you’ll hear this one a lot.
It means to gradually cause damaging effects or suffering.
You can say “Years of sedentary lifestyle took a toll on my back”
“I’ve been getting too little sleep lately and IT HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON my health”
“Increased amount of cars in our city HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON the state of roads”
“See it through” means to keep doing something until it’s completed, to go all the way, not to give in.
• Instead of saying for example “He never gives up”, you can say “He always sees it through”
• A good lawyer, taking a case is determined to SEE IT THROUGH.
“Hustle and bustle” it means to be very busy or active, loud and hectic and work really hard.
• The HUSTLE AND BUSTLE of malls or big cities.
• The best way to relax and restore inner balance is to get away from the urban HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.
• Any plans for this weekend?
- I have so much work that I think that I'm going to hustle and bustle. (meaning I’m going to work hard and a lot) and usually in this context it gets contracted to just hustle!
- Like : I need to hustle now.
“Strike/hit/touch a (raw) nerve” means to hurt someone’s feelings, to upset them by saying or doing something, because they are sensitive about it.
• Hey, you really STRUCK A NERVE when you mentioned his family problems. He’s pretty upset.
You might watch some video or hear some conversation and it might go like this
“- Hey. How are you today?
- Oh. Those bullies were making fun of Emily again today, and I couldn’t stand it, so I stood up for her.
- You did the right thing, cause you know what the Golden Rule says…?
- Yeah, sure. I know.
So what is this GOLDEN RULE? That’s a basic, ethical principal, which says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or “Treat others the way you would want them treat you”
• I try to live by the GOLDEN RULE. Are you trying?
“Keep/have in your back pocket” means to know some information or tricks so that you can use them at any time, or to have someone whose services you can use later or any time you need.
• I hope that these expression are useful information that you can KEEP IN YOUR BACK POCKET.
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