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Love Idioms <3

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It’s February 14 … usually people either love it or hate it! If you don’t have a sweetheart or you’re suffering from a broken heart, you can always show love to your family and friends.

There are lots of idioms and expressions about love and relationships. The letter (in the picture above) has a lot of idioms. Do you know any of these? If you don’t understand all of them, the definitions are below. Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo, Nicole

blind date:  a date (social meeting) where two people have never met before.

love at first sight:  feeling an immediate attraction or love for someone when you first see or meet them. Continue reading

Listening: Get Lucky by Daft Punk

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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on January 26 and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk was crowned the Best Record of the Year. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers were also featured on this song.

Who is Daft Punk? This is a French group that is popular for electronic music. The group was very popular in the late-1990s. The two musicians who make up the duo are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

A unique thing about Daft Punk is that the Frenchmen wear helmets and gloves to look like robots during their performances and when they are in public. Ready to take a closer look at this song? First, listen to the song and try to fill in the blanks. This will help you practice your listening skills. Continue reading

Idiom: Third times the charm

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Third time’s the charm: Don’t know the meaning of this expression?

2014 Australian Open winner Li Na explained the meaning of this idiom in her victory speech:

“Finally I got her [the Australian Open trophy]. The last two times [in 2011 and 2013] were very close.”

So third time’s the charm means the third time you try something it will work out (you will succeed). By the way, we also say “third time lucky” in English to mean the same thing.

Before her match, Li Na was asked if she’d be “third time lucky” in the final and she replied, “In China, 6 and 8 are lucky.”  I guess it’s a good thing she was playing in Australia and not in China today!

If you haven’t seen her victory speech then you have to watch it (see video below). Li Na is Chinese so English is her second language and she did very well with her speech. Congratulations Li Na! Well done!

Idiom: Up to one’s eyeballs (in something)

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up to one’s eyeballs in something:  to be very busy or involved with something or to have a lot of something.

Yes, that’s me. I’m drowning in paperwork. I’m up to my eyeballs in work. But that’s not all. I’m also up to my eyeballs in emails to read, laundry to wash and bills to pay.

What are you up to your eyeballs in? Leave a comment below to practice your English. And, if you haven’t signed-up for my FREE newsletter, click here to subscribe.

Want to learn more idioms? Click here to go to the main idioms page.

Best wishes!

 

Idiom: Blind as a Bat

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Blind as a bat:  to not be able to see or to not see well.

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This idiom can be confusing for some people because bats have eyes and can see with them!

In the dark (for example at night or in caves) bats can also “see” to get around or locate things by using their ears (they use echolocation). Perhaps that’s why this idiom came about.

 

Your turn! Can you create a sentence using the idiom blind as a bat? It’s a great way to practice your English. If you haven’t already signed-up for my FREE newsletter, you can get updates on what I post to my website and blog, plus information on the free contests and other fun stuff. Click here to subscribe.

Want to learn more idioms? Click here to go to the main idioms page.

Sales! Sales! Sales! Money idioms

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Try to see if you can guess the meaning of these idioms from the picture above and from this passage below:

It’s the end of the season so there are sales in every store right now. Sadly, I spent my bottom dollar on new shoes last week. My friend, however, has money to burn. She spent 750 euros in cold hard cash on a pair of boots and a purse!

Need help with the definitions? Here you go: Continue reading

Idiom: Catch someone’s eye

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This has happened to all of us! You want to place your order, get the bill, or there’s something wrong with your meal and you cannot get your waiter’s attention… you cannot catch your waiter’s eye.

catch someone’s eye:  to get someone’s attention; to be attractive to someone.

Examples:

  • I went shopping for a new coat, but nothing caught my eye.
  • All of the job applicant’s CV’s looked the same, but John’s work experience as a clown caught Continue reading

Idiom: See eye to eye

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See eye to eye = to agree with someone about something

It’s often used in the negative form:  to not see eye to eye about something.

Here are some more examples:

  • My mom and I don’t see eye to eye on politics so we discuss other things.
  • Happiness is seeing eye to eye with your wife about how to spend money.
  • Bill’s secretary didn’t see eye to eye with him about her salary so she quit.

Do you see eye to eye with your parents? Your friends? Who is the last person that you didn’t see eye to eye with and why? Continue reading

Idiom: Cry your eyes out

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Poor Billy! He’s crying his eyes out because his ice cream fell on the floor.

Cry one’s eyes out = to cry very hard; or cry for a long time.

Here are some more examples:

  • When John’s wife left him, he cried his eyes out for two weeks straight.
  • Sarah cries her eyes out every time she sees a sad movie.
  • “I can’t talk now,” Ellen said to her friend. “My daughter is crying her eyes Continue reading