Archive for June, 2014

Idiom – “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”

June 29th, 2014

Definition:
This means that you should not be too confident or optimistic about your plans succeeding before you see the results.

Example:
Son“The interview went really well, and I’m positive they will give me the job by next week.  So I’m going to celebrate tonight and buy that electric guitar that’s on sale.”
Father“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, son… just wait until you are offered the job.

Idiom – “never look a gift horse in the mouth”

June 29th, 2014

Definition:
When receiving a gift do not question or criticize the gift too closely, just be appreciative.

Example:
Daughter The diamond earrings Aunt Sally gave me are too small.  You can hardly seem them!
Mother – Never look a gift horse in the mouth, now send your Aunt Sally a thank you card.

Idiom – “a taste of your own medicine”

June 11th, 2014

Definition:
This refers to being mistreated the same way in which you mistreated someone else.

Example:
Friend (1) “My boyfriend is so upset that he hasn’t talked to me the last two days.  It’s driving me crazy.
Friend (2) – “Ah ha!  Now you know what it feels like.  You are getting a taste of your own medicine!

Idiom – “an arm and a leg”

June 11th, 2014

Definition:
Normally used with the verbs cost, pay, and charge.  It means that something is much too expensive for your budget.

Example:
Friend (1) – “I love your handbag.  The leather is so soft and the color is beautiful!”
Friend (2) – “Thank you.  I love it too, but it cost me an arm and a leg.  Now I can’t afford to pay my rent for the month!”