700 Idioms 8

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I looked high and low for that gold brooch, searching EVERY PART of the house. We searched EVERY PART of the house for him. She always explored EVERY ASPECT of a business deal. every nook and cranny = every part of a place; every aspect of a situation
/ˈer·jəˌdɑɪt/ ERUDITES ADVISE rest, ice and elevation for a sprained ankle. experts recommend
She says she will be a millionaire by age forty, but everybody who knows her thinks that idea is VERY DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE. The idea that the losing team could come back and win was UNBELIEVABLE/ UNTHINKABLE, but we held out hope. Though his idea was UNLIKELY / DUBIOUS, the other scientists hoped that Wendell’s cure for cancer would actually work far-fetched /ˌfɑr ˈfetʃt/ = very difficult to believe The other kids laughed hysterically as Corey told them a farfetched/ INCONCEIVABLE story about a ghost in his attic.
The fur trade spread to the WIDESPREAD corners of the Empire expeditions to the EXPANSIVE/ EXTENDED corners of the world. a newsletter that helps to keep all our FAR-REACHING/ WIDE- RAGING graduates in touch far-flung = /ˌfɑːr ˈflʌŋ/ [everywhere]. a long distance away ​spread over a wide area The news spread to all corners of our FAR-FLUNG empire. Her fame has reached the most FAR-FLUNG corners of the globe
We camped out all night to be THE FIRST ONE to buy a condo at the new development. I'm THE FIRST ONE in the position if he ever quits. first in line =
You think she is telling the truth? I don't. Every time I hear more of her story it sounds SUSPICIOUS ier and SUSPICIOUS ier to me. Their story sounds SUSPICIOUS to me. There's something SUSPICIOUS going on here. fishy /sounds, looks, smells, seems fishy = (informal) that makes you suspicious because it seems dishonest = suspicious I don’t know what they’re up to. It sounds a distinctly FISHY business.
He is so upset about his daughter's mistake, he is LIVID/ FURIOUS/ IRATE. Mom was FUMING/ RAGING / SEETHING after I dented her brand-new car. Joe waS CROSS/ ANNOYED / IRRITATED when his wife told him she was leaving. fit to be tied = describes someone who is extremely angry, someone who is enraged. Fit to be tied evokes a picture of someone who is so angry that he must be tied up to restrain him from committing an act of aggression
They won't be here long, They are just a UNRELIABLE/ DISHONEST operation. He struck me as a UNTRUSTWORTHY/ DUPLICITOUS worker, so I was shocked when he came back the next day to finish the job. The carpenter we hired was a IRRESPONSIBLE/ DISHONEST worker who did a very bad job fly by night /ˈflaɪ baɪ naɪt/ = a person or business that is dishonest and only interested in making money quickly Sam seems like such a FLY-BY-NIGHT character. (dishonest)
Don't get angry at her. Why are you so quick to LOSE YOUR TEMPER? He seems to EXPLODE/ BLOW UP about the slightest thing these days. He GO MAD/ LOSE CONTROL every time the mail is late. fly off the handle = (informal) to suddenly become very angry
The official story is that the project was a real money-loser, but AVERAGE JOE/ JANE know better. To win the election he needs to appeal to the typical ORDINARY JOE/ JANE folks on the street = (man/ woman in the street) an ordinary, average person whose opinions are considered to represent most people:
He sold the property for so little, you could say that it went LOW-COST/ CHEAP She bought the painting LOW-PRICED/ BARGAIN. The property is going REDUCED/ MODEST PRICE because they need to sell it fast. for a song = (informal) very cheaply; at a low price
I suppose now we will have to endure his whining CONTINUOUSLY? She practices the violin for CONTINUOUSLY for hours /days /months on end = continuously:
That doesn't make sense! That's STUPID/ NOT IMPORTANT! this piece of legislation is NOT WORTH CONSIDERATION/ UNIMPORTANT for the birds = to be stupid or not important; to have no use, purpose, or importance
I'm sorry sir, the kitchen is OUT OF pie [RECENTLY]. Sorry, we're OUT OF milk. We’re OUT OF oranges, would you like an apple? fresh out of something = used for saying that you have just finished all of your supply of a particular thing
She is just wasting her life going out with him. She is so PROMISING, why lose everything? Bad mistake! full of potential
I really like her. She is a good conversationalist, and so ENJOYABLE/ . fun to be with
They kept pestering him after he told them no, so he told them to GO AWAY (RUDELY). Tell him to BEAT IT. ‘Lend us the car, won’t you?’ ‘GO AWAY!’ Get lost! = (informal) a rude way of telling somebody to go away, or of refusing something
An optimist sees the ________. A pessimist sees it _______ (glass half full /glass half empty)
With all the break and enters, and other crime, this neighborhood is really DETERIORATING/ GOING DOWNHILL This firm's GONE TO HELL IN A HAND-BASKET since the new management took over. The economy seems to be IN DECLINE/GOING DOWN THE TOILET go to the dogs = to get into a very bad situation the country is going to the dogs
He finally got kicked out of office by his own party? hal·le·lu·jah! When he left I thought, “THANK GOD!.” Our neighbors and their nasty dogs have moved out – HALLELUJAH! Good riddance! = used for saying that you are pleased to be free of someone or something that is annoying or unpleasant
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