English Idioms

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Kasia Cz
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Common English idioms (figurative expressions).
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a hot potato an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
a penny for your thoughts a way of asking what someone is thinking
actions speak louder than words people's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
add insult to injury to worsen an unfavorable situation.
an arm and a leg very expensive or costly
at the drop of a hat without any hesitation; instantly.
back to the drawing board when an attempt fails and it's time to start all over
ball is in your court it is up to you to make the next decision or step
barking up the wrong tree looking in the wrong place
beat around the bush not speaking directly about the issue
best of both worlds all the advantages
best thing since sliced bread a good idea or plan
burn the midnight oil to work late into the night
cross that bridge when you come to it deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
cry over spilt milk when you complain about a loss from the past
cut corners when something is done badly to save money
hear it on the grapevine to hear rumors' about something or someone
hit the nail on the head do or say something exactly right
jump on the bandwagon join a popular trend or activity.
kill two birds with one stone to accomplish two different things at the same time
piece of cake a job, task or other activity that is easy
sit on the fence someone does not want to choose or make a decision
steal someone's thunder to take the credit for something someone else did
take sth. with a grain of salt not to take what someone says too seriously
the whole nine yards everything, all of it
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