Archive for the ‘Body Idioms’ category

Idiom – “eyes were bigger than my stomach”

April 26th, 2015

Definition:
This means that one has put more food on their plate than they can eat.

Example:
Wife to husband at dinner“I served myself way too much food.  I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach.”

Idiom – “bend over backwards”

March 16th, 2015

Definition:
This means to work very hard to accomplish something or to please someone.

Example:
Singer to director “You will not be disappointed in hiring me.  You can depend on me at any time.  I will bend over backwards to make this production a big, big success!

Idiom – “a slap on the wrist”

February 6th, 2015

Definition:
This refers to a warning or mild punishment that is not severe.

Example:
Father “I am grounding our son for a week because he went to a party again without our permission.”
Mother – “That punishment is just a slap on the wrist. He needs to be grounded for two weeks, no cell phone use and no allowance.”

Idiom – “at each other’s throats”

February 6th, 2015

Definition:
This idiom is used to describe a strong verbal disagreement between two people.

Example:
Father – “I can hear those two girls arguing from across the street.”

Mother“Your daughters have been at each at each other’s throats all morning, arguing about whose turn it is to clean the bathroom.”

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!”

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 – “absence makes the heart grow fonder”

April 4th, 2014

Definition:
When someone is living a long distance from family and friends, they realize how much they miss these people in their lives.

Example:
Friend A – “I think Sam will forget all about me once he settles down with his new job in the city.  He may not come back for me after all.”
Friend B – “I know he’ll be back for you sooner than you think…remember that absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Idiom – “get your foot in the door”

April 4th, 2014

Definition:
When you start a new job at a low level, it is still an opportunity to work up to a higher level of responsibility.

Example:
Friend A – “I just got hired today at XYZ Company as a filing clerk .”
Friend B – “Congratulations!  That’s a great way to get your foot in the door and work towards becoming a manager.”