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Spoken idioms in English

Studying languages, you need to regularly replenish your lexicon, But, in addition, it is still necessary to delve into the very essence of the language, studying its stable expressions and phraseological units.

idioms In English are very specific, andAre surprisingly similar to their Russian counterparts. Knowing these phrases, of course, will not turn you into a real Englishman, but will help better understand the native speakers and adequately support any conversation with them. "so simple!" Collected for you 385 spoken idioms, which every person who learns English should know.

Idioms of the English language

Idioms with interpretation and synonyms transfer example
After all - despite, nevertheless All the same I knew it! After all, i was right!
All along - all the time All the time, always I knew about his little secret all along.
All ears - eager to listen All attention I am all ears.
All of a - suddenly suddenly All of a sudden.
All the same - no difference It does not matter If it's all the same to you, let's start at two.
All thumbs - clumsy Awkward He can not fix anything, he's all thumbs.
Apple of discord - subject of envy or quarrel apple of discord This question is an apple of discord in our family.
As a rule - usually usually As a rule, we offer a 5% discount.
As far as i am concerned - in my opinion As for me, in my opinion As far as i am concerned, both the book and the movie are good.
As for me / as to me - in my opinion in my opinion As for me, you can rely on his support.
As well - also, too Too, also He knows math, and physics as well.
At all - (not) in the smallest degree Absolutely not) He does not know. I do not like it at all.
At random - without order At random He chose those places at random.
At this point - at this time At this stage At this point, we can not turn back.
Be about to - ready (to do) Willing to do I was about to leave when you were called.
Be after someone - insist, press Insist to do His mother is always after him to study.
Be all in - be extremely tired Very tired I'm all in, i'd better go to bed now.
Be back on one's feet - healthy again or better financially Get up on your feet after a hard time He's back on his feet after a long period of debt and unemployment.
Beat around the bush - avoid giving a clear / definite answer to beat around the bush Stop beating around the bush! Get to the point!
Be beside oneself - be very upset, nervous, worried, etc. Be beside yourself with excitement, grief, etc. She was beside herself with worry / with grief.
Be better off - be in a better situation (financially) In the best situation (materially) He will be better off with a new job.
Be broke - have no money at all Be "broke" (without money) I spent all my money.
Be hard on something / someone - treat roughly Do not take care of something My son is hard on shoes, they do not last long with him. Life was pretty hard on tom.
Be high on one's list - be one of the most important things To be at the top of the list of necessary things A new car is high on my list of priorities. A new tv is not high on my list.
Be in charge of - be responsible for be responsible for He is in charge of marketing.
Be in the red - be in debt Be unprofitable Our sales were in the red last year.
Be into smth. - be interested in To be interested in something He is into computers. She is into sports.
Bend over backwards - try hard Try hard I bent over backwards to help her.
Be on one's way I'm on my way. I'm on my way.
Be on the safe side - not to take any chances just in case Take an extra key, just to be on the safe side.
Be out of - be without not available We are out of bread, cheese, and sugar.
Be out of shape - be physically unfit be out of shape He needs to exercise.
Be out of sorts - in bad humor Out of sorts Leave him alone, he's out of sorts today
Be pressed for time / money - be short of; Not enough To be short of time or money I'm pressed for time now. We are pressed for money at the moment.
Beside the point - off the point Is not relevant to the case What i said to him privately is beside the point.
Be to blame - be responsible for a mistake Blame for mistake Who is to blame for this awful mistake? Tom is to blame for this mix-up.
Be touch and go - be uncertain of the result On the verge; It is unclear where it will turn He was very sick, and for some time.
Be up against Be in danger Have serious problems in something, with something Our company is up against serious attempts of hostile takeover.
Be up and around / about - able to be out of bed after an illness Get up, get well He was sick for a month.
Be up to one's ears - very busy To the ears I'm up to my ears in work.
Be up to something - do mischief Conceive I have to check.
Be up to someone - be one's own decision or responsibility At your discretion, under your responsibility It's up to you to decide. It's up to you to close the office every day at 8 o'clock.
Be used to - be accustomed to Be accustomed to I'm used to hard work. He's used to heat.
Big shot - important person Important person He is a big shot around here.
Bite off more than one can chew - try to do more than one can Reassess one's strength I could not handle two jobs and family. I really can do it.
Bite one's tongue - stop talking Bite one's tongue I almost told her, but bit my tongue.
Bite the dust - die, be defeated To fall prostrate Many of them.
Black sheep - a good-for-nothing member of the family black sheep Their second son is the black sheep of the family, he is good for nothing.
Blind date - a meeting of a man and woman blind date She refuses to go on a blind date.
Blow it - lose the chance Lose a chance He understood that he blew it.
Blow over - pass, end Abate Wait here till his anger blows over.
Bottom line - main result / factor Result The bottom line is, i do not have enough money.
Break into - enter by force Break into The police broke into the robber's house.
Break one's heart - hurt deeply Break heart The news of her death.
Break the ice - overcome shyness in making the first step Break the embarrassment when meeting The party was dull until someone broke the ice with a joke and we all laughed.
Break the news - tell new facts To report important news Cnn is breaking the news right now.
Bring home the bacon - earn the living for the family Secure a family He worked very hard at several places to bring home the bacon.
Brush off - give no attention to Brush aside The boss.
Brush up on - review Brush up You need to brush up on the tenses.
By all means -definitely, certainly Sure, of course Do you need my help? - by all means.
By heart - by memorizing by heart Learn this poem by heart for tomorrow.
By hook or by crook - by any means possible By any means, by any means She will get what she wants by hook or by crook.
By the way - incidentally By the way By the way.
Call a spade a spade - use plain, direct words Call a spade a spade He always tells the truth and calls a spade a spade.
Call it a day - consider work finished for the day Consider the work finished We've been working for 10 straight hours. Let's call it a day.
Call off - cancel Cancel The police.
Carry out - fulfill bring to a conclusion She never carries out her plans.
Carry weight - be important Bear weight His advice always carries weight here.
Cast down - depressed, sad Dishearten He was cast down by the bad news.
Castles in the air - daydreaming about success (Build) air locks Instead of working hard, he spends time building castles in the air.
Catch one's eye - attract attention attract attention This picture caught my eye.
Catch one's breath - stop and rest take breath I can not run, i need to catch my breath.
Catch someone off guard - catch someone unprepared take someone by surprise He caught me off guard with his question.
Catch someone red-handed - find smb. In the act of doing wrong Catch the hand when doing bad The manager caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing cigarettes.
Catch up - became not behind Overtake He needs to catch up with the others.
Close call - a narrow escape, a bad thing that almost happened Something bad that almost happened The speeding car. That was really a close call.
Come across - meet by chance stumble upon I came across that article yesterday.
Come down with - become ill Get sick of something I'm coming down with a cold.
Come one's senses - start acting reasonably, intelligently To take up one's mind He finally came to his senses, started to work hard, and passed his exams.
Come true - got reality Come true My dream came true when i met pat.
Come up with - the suggestion offer Mike came up with a brilliant idea.
Count on - depend on count on You can always count on me for help.
Cut corners - to take a short-cut; To limit one's spending Cut corners; Cut costs He ran fast. I have to cut corners this week.
Cut down on - reduce Reduce consumption You have to cut down on chocolate.
Cut out to be Have the ability to do something Be created for a job She is not cut out to be a surgeon. He's cut to be a leader.
Do one's best - try very hard Do all that I could I did my best to help him in his work.
Do one's bit - do what's needed Do the trick I'll do my bit, you can count on me.
Do over - do again Redo This work is not good, do it over.
Do someone good - be good for give benefit Fresh air and exercise will do you good.
Do something behind one's back - do (harmful) things secretively Do (harmful) things behind your back I hate people who do things behind my back. He did it.
Do - live without do without I'll have to do without.
Down to earth - practical Mundane He's quiet, sensible and down to earth.
Draw the line - fix a limit Limit He drew the line for $ 100 a day.
Dress up - put on the best clothes Dress up What are you dressed up for?
Drop off - deliver somewhere drive up, throw up can you drop me off at the bank?
drop out - quit (school) be deducted he was out of school last year.
duty calls - must run obligations duty obliges he said, "duty calls" and left for work.
easier said than done easier said than done it's easier to do it.
eat one's words - take back words take back the words he had her.
even so - nevertheless, but Nevertheless i work hard. even so, i like my job.
every now and then -occasionally occasionally every now and then.
every other - every second one through one she was her hair every other day.
fall behind - lag behind fall behind the little boy.
fall in love - begin to love fall in love with tom fell in love with sue at first sight.
fall out of love - stop loving fall out of love they fell out of love and divorced soon.
false alarm - untrue rumor false alarm i heard he quit.
a far cry from something Very different, almost opposite (neg.) far from as good as his second book was not bad.
feel it in one's bones - expect something bad to happen feel bad something bad is going to happen, i feel it in my bones.
feel like doing something - want to do, be inclined to do smth. be inclined to do something i feel like going for a walk. i do not feel like working now.
feel up to - be able to do able to do i do not feel up to cleaning the house.
few and far between - rare, scarce too rare her visits are few and far between.
find fault with - criticize criticize he always finds faults with.
find out - learn or discover learn, discover i found out that maria left town.
firsthand - directly from the source first-hand, reliable information you can trust it, it's firsthand information.
first things first - important things come before others first important first things first: how much money do we have to pay right away?
fly off the handle - get angry get angry (suddenly) he flew off the handle and yelled at me.
follow in someone's footsteps - do the same thing follow one's footsteps, do the same igor followed in his father's footsteps, he became a doctor, too.
foot in the door - a special opportunity for a job get a chance to work nina got a foot in the door.
foot the bill - pay the bill pay an invoice her father.
for good - forever forever after her death.
for the time being - at this time at this time for the time being, this house is all right for us.
frame of mind - mental state mentality i can not do it in this frame of mind.
from a to z - completely from the beginning to the end he knows this town from a to z.
from now on - now and in the future henceforth from now on, i forbid you to go there.
get a grip on oneself - take control of one's feelings control one's feelings stop crying! get a grip on yourself!
get along with - have good relations be on good terms, get along well ann gets along with most coworkers, but does not get along with laura.
get away with - not be caught after doing wrong escape punishment the police did not find the thief. he got away with his crime.
get carried away - get too excited and enthusiastic about something get too carried away by something he got carried away with his store and lost most of his money.
get cold feet - be afraid to do be afraid to do i wanted to try it but got cold feet.
get even with - have one's revenge get even with someone i'll get even with him for everything!
get in touch with - contact contact someone get in touch with mr. smith for help.
get lost - lose one's way to lose one's way she got lost in the old part of town.
get lost! - lay off! disappear! i do not want to see you again. get lost!
get mixed up - get confused mix up i got mixed up, went the wrong way and got lost.
get off one's back - leave alone fall behind stop bothering me! get off my back!
get on one's high horse - behave haughtily towards someone be arrogant every time I get on her high horse.
get on (the bus, train, plane) take the (transport) i got on the bus on oak street.
get off (the bus, train, plane) get off the (transport) i got off the bus at the bank.
get out of hand - get out of control to get out of control if he gets out of hand again.
get over - recover after an illness or bad experience get well, overcome something I could not get over. she got over her.
get rid of - dispose of, discard Get rid of he had got rid of his old useless car.
get together - meet with come together my friends and i get together often.
get to the bottom - know deeply get to the point he usually gets to the bottom of things.
get to the point - get to the matter come to the point get to the point!
give me a break! - spare me I'm over it come on, stop it! give me a break!
give someone a hand - help help someone can you give me a hand with cooking?
give someone a lift / a ride - take to some place by car give someone a lift can you give me a lift to the bank? he gave her a ride in his new porsche.
give someone a piece of one's mind - criticize frankly to express oneself on the mind, to criticize she lost my umbrella again, so i gave her a piece of her mind about her carelessness.
give up - stop doing something, stop trying to do something give up i gave up smoking. i gave up trying to fix my old car.
go back on one's word - break a promise break one's promise first he said he would help me, but then he went back on his word.
go for it - try to do a new thing try a new business if i were you, i would go for it.
go from bad to worse - be worse get worse his business went from bad to worse.
Go out - go to parties, movies go amuse do he and his wife go out often?
go out of one's way -try very hard Try hard he goes out of his way.
go one's head - make too proud success has turned a head his acting success went to his head.
go to pieces - get very upset, fall apart be very upset she went to pieces when she heard it.
go with the flow - lead quiet life to go with the flow she always goes with the flow.
grow on some - become liked gradually like when she knew him more.
had better - should it would be better, and then ... you look ill.
have a ball - have a good time have a good time yesterday we had a ball at the party.
have a bone to pick - complain or discuss something unpleasant have an account with someone, claim someone mr. brown, i have a bone to pick with you. my mail was lost because of you.
have a word with someone - talk to talk about something can i have a word with you?
have words with someone - argue with someone about something talk big i had words with my coworker.
have it in him - have the ability have the necessary qualities laura has her in good health.
have no business doing something - have no right to do there is nothing you can do here, be, etc. you have no permission.
have one's back to the wall - be hard-pressed, on the defensive to be pressed to the wall i had no choice, i had my back to the wall.
have one's hands full - very busy be very busy he has his hands full with hard work.
have one's heart set on something - want something very much really want to get something, someone she has her heart set on going to new york. he has his heart set on betty.
have pull - have influence on have an impact on does he have a pull with the director?
(not) have the heart - (not) have the courage to do smth. unpleasant (not) lacks the spirit to make the unpleasant i do not have the heart to tell me.
high and low - everywhere everywhere (search, etc.) i searched high and low for my lost cat.
hit the nail on the head - say exactly the right thing hit the mark you hit the nail on the head.
hit upon something - to discover discover the valuable they hit upon gold. i hit upon a plan.
hold it against someone - blame somebody for doing something (do not) keep evil at someone i lost his book, but he does not hold it against me.
hold it! - stop! wait! Stop / stand! hold it! i forgot my key.
hold on! - wait! Wait! hold on! i'll be back in a minute.
hold one's own - maintain oneself in a situation, behave as needed stand up for oneself, establish oneself in something he can hold his own in any situation. we need men who can hold their own.
hold up - rob using a weapon loot this bank was held up twice last year.
ill at ease - uncomfortable uncomfortable she felt at ease because of her cheap dress.
in advance - well before in advance he told her about his plan in advance.
in a nutshell - in a few words briefly, briefly in a nutshell, my plan is to buy land.
in care of some - write to one person at the address of another addressee at the address of another person (who stopped) i'm staying at tom's house. write to me in care of tom gray, chicago, illinois.
in cold blood - mercilessly cold-bloodedly he killed her in cold blood.
in fact - actually, in reality actually in fact,.
in general - generally speaking, generally speaking in general, in general in general, he likes to be alone. he is described the place only in general.
in one's element - what one likes in his element he's arguing.
in other words - using other words in other words in other words, you refused to do it for her.
in plain english - in simple, frank terms simply put i did not really like the concert. in plain english, the concert was terrible.
the ins and outs - all info about inputs and outputs he knows the ins and outs of this business.
in someone's shoes - in another person's position in the position of another, in the position of another i'd hate to be in his shoes now. he has lost his job, and his wife is in the hospital.
in the long run - in the end in the end in the long run, it'll be better to buy it.
in the same boat - in the same situation in the same position stop arguing with me, we're in the same boat and should help each other.
in the clear - free from blame beyond claims pay the bill and you'll be in the clear.
in time (to do something) - before come in time to do something (before the beginning of something) i came in time to have a cup of coffee before class.
it goes without saying - should be clear without words it is not necessary to speak, of course it goes without saying that he must pay what he owes right away.
it's on the tip of my tongue. spins in the language his name is on the tip of my tongue.
it's time - should do it right away pore hurry up, it's time to go.
it's worth it. / it's not worth it. it's (not) worth buying, visiting, watching, etc. it's worth it / it's not worth it; (not) worth buying, visiting, watching, etc. watch this film, it's worth it. do not buy this coat, it is not worth it. this museum is worth visiting. this film is not worth watching.
it will do - it's enough is sufficient stop reading, it will do for now.
jump at the opportunity / chance - accept the opportunity eagerly seize the opportunity his job is in europe, and peter jumped at the opportunity.
just as soon - prefer this one would prefer (this) i'd just like to stay home, i'm tired.
just in case - to be on the safe side just in case take an extra shirt, just in case.
just my luck! - bad / hard luck! I'm always unlucky! they lost my job application. just my luck!
keep an eye on - take care of, watch, look after to watch over betty keeps an eye on my sons for me. i'll keep an eye on you!
keep a straight face - not to laugh try not to laugh i tried to keep a straight face, but failed.
keep company - accompany to form a company she keeps me company quite often.
keep one's word - fulfill a promise keep one's word you, keep.
. - inform keep up to date keep me posted about your plans.
keep your fingers crossed - hope that nothing will go wrong to hope that everything goes smoothly i have a job interview today. keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?
kill time - fill / spend empty time kill time i went to the show to kill time.
(not) know the first thing about - not to have any knowledgeable about do not know anything about a topic i do not know the first thing about nuclear physics.
know the ropes - be very familiar with some business know all the moves and exits he knows all the ropes in this company.
last-minute notice Little for no time to prepare for something last-minute message his arrival was a last-minute notice, we did not have time to prepare for it.
lay one's cards on the table - be frank and open to be honest, open maps finally, we asked him to put his cards on the table.
lay one's life on the line - put oneself in a dangerous situation put life on a map he laid his life on this line, but nobody appreciated his efforts.
lead a dog's life - live in misery lead a dog's life he leads a dog's life.
lead someone on Make someone believe something that is not true make someone believe a lie they suspect that you are the leading them on. you led me on!
leave it at that - accept reluctantly leave as is leave it at that, what else can you do?
leave word - leave a message leave a message he left a word for you at the airport.
let byones - forget and forgive bad things in the past do not stir up the past why do not you let out bygones?
let go of - release the hold let go let go of my hand.
let (it) go - forget bad experience, return to normal life free oneself from a heavy experience he's still in despair and can not let (go) go. you can not change anything, so let it go.
let one's hair down Be relaxed and informal with other people keep oneself unofficially she is always so formal. she never lets her hair down.
let someone down - disappoint, fail someone let someone down do not let me down this time!
let someone know - inform notify let me know when you find a job.
like father, like son - be like one's parent in something what kind of father, such a son paul won a prize in a chess tournament. great! like father, like son!
little by little - step by step little by little little by little, he got used to tokyo.
look for - search for look for what are you looking for?
look forward to - expect with pleasure look forward to i'm looking forward to your letter. mary is looking forward to the party.
look out - be careful, watch out beware look out! the bus is coming!
look up - check with / in a dictionary or a reference book look in the dictionary or directory if you do not know this word.
lose one's temper - become angry get angry he loses his temper very often.
lose one's way - get lost to lose one's way i lost my way. can you help me?
lose track of - not to know where someone is or something lose sight of i lost track of him years ago.
lucky break - a lucky chance Lucky case he got his lucky break when he got this job.
make a living - earn money to provide for life earn a living he works hard. his family is big.
make allowance for - take into consideration when judging discount do not criticize him so hard, make (an) allowance for his inexperience.
make a point of - be sure to do something intentionally consider it compulsory for you to do something make a point of asking about his wife. make it a point to be here by 10.
make ends meet - to have and spend only what one earns make ends meet his does not get much money. i wonder how he manages to make ends meet.
make friends - become friends make friends anton makes new friends easily.
make fun of - laugh at, joke about to make fun of he made fun of her german accent.
make no bones about it - say / do openly, without hesitation to say openly, without hiding a relationship i'll make no bones about it: i do not like your attitude to work.
make room for - allow space for make room for we can make room for one more dog.
make sense - be logical has the meaning what you say makes sense.
make the most of smth - do the best in the given situation extract the best of let's make the most of our vacation.
make up - become friends again make up i'm tired of fighting. let's make up.
make up for smth - compensate compensate i'll make up for the time you spent on it.
make up one's mind - decide decide when will you go? make up your mind.
make yourself at home - be comfortable, feel at home make yourself at home come in please. make yourself at home.
man of his word - one who keeps promises, is dependable the owner of his word, keeps his word you can depend on his promise to help. he's a man of his word.
mean well - have good intentions want to do as best he meant well that he spoiled a couple of things for me.
might as well - a good idea can be nice i might as well.
missing person - someone who is lost and can not be located missing person (wanted) the little boy disappeared. the police officer.
meet someone halfway - compromise with others compromise with someone he's reasonable and able to meet his coworkers halfway, when possible.
never mind - it does not matter it does not matter thank you. - never mind.
not to mention - in addition to not to mention we have three dogs.
no wonder - not surprising it is not surprising that he ate three big fish. no wonder he's sick.
now and again - occasionally occasionally i meet them now and again at the bank.
odds and ends A variety of small unimportant things or leftovers trifles, remnants, trimmings i needed to buy some odds and ends for the kitchen.
off the cuff - without preparation without preparation off the cuff, i can give you only a rough estimate.
off the point - beside the point not relevant what i think about him is off the point.
off the record - not for the public, unofficially not for the public, unofficially strictly off the record, i think the director is going to get married soon.
once and for all - decidedly once and forever you must quit smoking once and for all.
on credit - not pay cash right away on credit he bought a car on credit.
on edge - nervous, irritable nervous, irritated he was on edge ever since she left.
on guard - on the alert watchful he's cautious and always on guard.
on hand - available at hand do you have a calculator on hand?
on one's own - alone, by oneself alone, alone, alone she likes to live and work on her own.
on one's toes - alert, attentive, prepared for difficulties vigilant he was on his toes.
on purpose - intentionally on purpose i did not do it on purpose.
on second thought - after thinking again on reflection i'd like to sit on the aisle. on second thought.
on the alert - on guard on the alert he's cautious and always on the alert.
on the carpet - called in by the boss for criticism call on the carpet yesterday the boss called her on the carpet for being rude to the coworkers.
on the go - busy, on the move in motion, on the move he is always on the go.
on the off chance - unlikely to happen, but still unlikely, but just in case on the off chance that you do not find him at work.
on the other hand - considering the other side of the question on the other hand i'd like to have a dog. on the other hand, my wife likes cats better.
on the spot - right there on the spot i decided to do it on the spot.
on the spur of the moment - without previous thought / plan under the influence of the moment he bought this car on the spur of the moment.
on time - punctual at the designated time jim is always on time.
out of one's mind - crazy crazy if you think so, you're out of your mind.
out of one's way - away from someone's routine route not on the road i can not give you a lift to the bank, it's out of my way today.
out of the question - impossible out of the question paying him is out of the question!
pack rat - a person who saves lots of unnecessary things one who does not throw away old unnecessary things why does she keep all those things she never uses? - she is a pack rat.
pay attention - be attentive note pay attention to his words.
pick a fight - start a quarrel start a quarrel he often tries to pick a fight with me.
Pick up - take, get pick up i'll pick you up at 7.
play one's cards right Choose the right steps in doing something play it right if you play your cards right, he'll agree to your plan.
potluck supper - a surprise meal, where nobody knows what dishes dinner is made for nothing, nobody knows what others will bring you know what happened at last potluck supper? All brought macaroni and cheese, apples, and beer!
pull oneself together - brace oneself, summon your strength cope with forces stop crying and complaining! you have to pull yourself together.
pull the wool over someone's eyes - deceive, mislead someone deceive are you trying to pull the wool over my eyes? it will not do you any good.
put a damper on - discourage chill out she always puts a damper on my plans.
put in a word for someone - say positive things about someone say a word i'd be very grateful if you could put in a word for me.
Put off - postpone save do not put it off till tomorrow.
put one's foot down - object strongly rebuff her father.
put one's foot in it - do the wrong thing, make a fool of oneself do / say nonsense he put his foot in it.
put up with - accept, tolerate put up with, tolerate I can not put up with your bad work!
quite a bit of - much, a lot of a lot of i had quite a bit of trouble with that car.
quite a few - many, a lot of a lot of he wrote quite a few good stories.
rack one's brain - try hard to think strain your brains he racked his brain to solve the puzzle.
read between the lines - find or understand the meaning implied read between the lines his books are not easy to understand; you have to read between the lines.
remember me to - say hello to greetings from please remember me to your family.
right away - immediately immediately, immediately it 's very important to do it right away.
ring a bell - remind someone of something familiar / half-forgotten reminds something familiar annabel lee? yeah, it rings.
rock the boat - make the situation unstable swing the boat peter always.
rub shoulders with - meet with closely communicate with he does not rub shoulders with the rich.
rub someone the wrong way - irritate, annoy, make angry annoy many remnants of the wrong way.
run into - meet by chance accidentally meet i ran into an old friend yesterday.
save face - try to change the negative of the impression produced save one's reputation he said a stupid thing and tried to save face by saying he misunderstood me.
save one's breath - stop useless talk do not waste words there's no need to talk about it spending habits, so save your breath.
scratch the surface - study something superficially study superficially he examines all the facts closely, he does not just scratch the surface.
see about - make arrangements for take care of something i have to see about our plane tickets.
see eye to eye - agree concur we do not see eye to eye any longer.
serve someone right - get what someone deserves serve it served him right that he did not get this job, he despised all other candidates.
serve one's purpose - be useful to someone for his purpose meet the goal i doubt that hiring this man.
show promise - be promising give hope this young actor shows promise.
show up - appear to appear i waited for hours.
size up - refine who assess it took me 5 minutes to size up that man.
sleep on it - postpone a decision postpone the decision until the next morning do not decide now, sleep on it.
a slip of the tongue - a mistake slip of the tongue it was just a slip of the tongue!
slip (from) one's mind - forget to forget it slipped my mind.
smell a rat - suspect something to suspect an evil i'm not sure what it is, but i smell a rat.
so far - up to now so far, so far so far, i have read 3 books by king.
so much the better - it's even better better if he can pay cash, so much the better.
spill the beans - tell a secret blab who spilled the beans about our plan?
stand a chance - have a chance no chance he does not stand a chance of getting it.
stand out - be noticeable stand out he stands out in any group of people.
stand to reason - be logical it is logical that it stands to reason that he apologized.
straight from the shoulder - speak frankly honestly, frankly do not try to spare my feelings.
take a dim view of something - disapprove of something disapprove my sister takes a dim view.
take a break - stop for rest take a break let's take a break, i'm tired.
take advantage of - use for one's own benefit, to profit from use a chance we took advantage of the low prices and bought a computer and a monitor.
take after - be like one of the parents be like a parent (parent) tom takes after his father in character, and after his mother in appearance.
take a stand on something - make a firm opinion / decision on smth. take a clear position people need to take a stand on the issue of nuclear weapons.
take care of - look after, protect, see that smth. is properly properly take care of someone, something, look after can you take care of my dog ​​while i'm away? tom takes good care of his car.
take hold of something - take, hold take take hold of this rope and pull.
take in account - consider smth. take into account you must take into account her old age.
take it easy - relax, be calm do not worry take it easy, everything will be ok.
take (it) for granted - accept as given take for granted mother's love is always taken for granted by children.
take one's breath away seize the spirit that great view took my breath away.
take one's time - do slowly do not hurry do not hurry. take your time.
take one's word for it - believe take it by the word take my word for it.
take pains - try hard to do it well work hard he took pains to make his report perfect.
take part in smth. - participate in participate mary is going to take part in the show.
take place - happen take place the accident took place on oak street.
take someone's mind off things - distract from fixed ideas / thoughts distract from obsessive thoughts go to a concert or a movie.
take steps - take action / steps take measures we need to take steps against it.
take the words right out of one's mouth - say the same before somebody else says it say the same thing a little earlier than another speaker i was about to say the same! you took the right out of my mouth.
take time - take a long time take a long time it takes time to get used to.
take time off - be absent from work take time off he took time off to attend the wedding.
take turns - alternate doing something one after another alternately we went to minsk by car. we did not get it
talk back - answer rudely bolster do not talk back to the teacher!
talk it over - discuss discuss with someone I'll talk it over with my family.
tell apart - see the difference distinguish can you tell the twins apart?
that's just the point. - that's it. in this, that's the thing. that's just the point! i hate this job!
the writing on the wall - a sign of future events (usually, trouble) portent the plane crashed. tim said he saw the writing on the wall about this flight.
not think much of - think low of low opinion i do not think much of her cooking.
think over - consider carefully think out think over your answer. think it over carefully.
till one day - try hard strive to blue i repeated it till i was blue in the face!
to make a long story short - in short shortly speaking to make a long story short, we won.
to say the least - to make the minimum comment about smth. the least that can be said the film was boring and long, to say the least.
try on - put on new clothes to test them for size or look try on clothes (before buying) try on this leather coat, it's very good. she tried it on, but it did not fit her at all.
try one's hand at something - try try yourself in i want to try my hand at painting.
turn on / off - switch on / off Turn on, turn off turn on the radio. turn off the water.
turn out to be - result / end this way turn up he turned out to be a very good actor.
turn over a new leaf - make a fresh start in life, work, etc. to start (life, new business) anew he promises to turn over a new leaf and quit alcohol for good.
turn the tide - reverse the course of events reverse the course of events the new evidence turned the tide, and the defendant was acquitted of charges.
twist one's arm - make to agree twist one's arms they are in possession of the house.
under the weather - feel ill unwell i'm a little under the weather today.
up-and-coming - showing promise of future success promising he is an up-and-coming young lawyer.
up in arms - hostile to protest the employees are up in arms about the new retirement rules.
up in the air - undecided not yet defined my vacation plans are still up in the air.
(not) up to par - equal in standard (not) normal his behavior is not up to par.
used to - did not often in the past, but not now in the past did, now is not present i used to play the piano when i was not in school.
walk on air - be very happy fly with happiness he got the job and is walking on air now.
waste one's breath - speak uselessly, to no purpose do not waste effort he will not change his mind.
watch one's step - be careful be circumspect watch your step!
watch out - look out, be careful beware watch out for that car! watch out!
wet blanket - a kill-joy, who spoils everyone's fun spoiler he was last time? please do not invite him again.
what's the matter? - what is it? what's the matter? what's the matter? what happened?
which way the wind blows - what the real situation is what is the real situation he knows which way.
white lie - unimportant lie innocent lie a white lie.
word for word - in the same words verbatim, literal tell me the word.
would rather - prefer prefer i'd rather stay at home today.


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