Archive for May, 2014

Idiom – “a chip on your shoulder”

May 26th, 2014

Definition:
This saying is used to describe someone who is upset about something that happened in the past and holds a grudge.  This person usually is argumentative and seems to be angry most of the time.

Example:
College friend A – “What is Jack’s problem?  All I said was that my father helped me buy a used car for my birthday and he got angry and said I was just spoiled and lazy.”

College friend B – “Jack has never had a good relationship with his father, and he resents us for still having  good relationships with our fathers.  He has a real big chip on his shoulder and is unpleasant most of the time which is why people don’t want to be around him.”

Idiom – “all thumbs”

May 26th, 2014

Definition:
This means that one is not well-coordinated physically especially with the hands.

Example:
Teenage boy (to guitarist) “Wow, you can really play those chords!  I’m just all thumbs when I play the guitar.”

Idiom – “as easy as pie”

May 8th, 2014

Definition:
This means that something is easy to do or to learn.  You may even show someone how easy it is.

Example:
Beginning Dancer – “I want to learn to dance the cha cha, but I’m not very coordinated.”
Dance Teacher – “Oh, it’s as easy as pie! Let me show you.”

 

 

 

 

Idiom – “can’t cut the mustard”

May 8th, 2014

Definition:
This means one is not able to handle difficult or stressful situations.  It can also mean that one does not have sufficient experience or skills for the job.

Example:
Regional Manager – “I think your new assistant manager just can’t cut the mustard when it comes to dealing with employees and stressful situations.  You may have to let him go.”