Symphony in slang (idioms)
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Description This activity will help you learn lots of colloquial idioms in English.
Instructions 1- Look at the words and think of its meaning (and maybe pronunciation)
2- Move your mouse over the black button to check your answer.
3- If you were right, click on the green button, if wrong, click on the red.
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Every time I opened my mouth, I put my foot into it. I kept saying the wrong thing.
I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth I was born into a rich family
I threw myself at her feet. I implored her for mercy and grace.
I heard it from the grapevine. I heard a rumour.
The groom had his hands full too. He was very busy.
I was beside myself with anger. I was very very upset/crossed/angry.
The guy at the piano played by ear. He played without the use of a sheet music.
I put on my white tie and tails. I dressed in a formal tuxedo.
I was up against it. I was in a very unfortunate situation.
It was raining cats and dogs. It was raining very hard.
The cat had her tongue. She didn't say anything.
At the crack of dawn. In the beginning of a new day.
I couldn’t cut the mustard. I was not adequately skilled to do the work that was required.
We went around together for some time. She was my girlfriend for a period of time.
My little hole in the wall. A small dingy room.
I died laughing. I laughed a real lot, uncontrollably.
He sent me up the river to do a stretch in the jar. He sent me to jail for a long period of time.
To be in a pickle. To be in an uncomfortable situation.
She gave me a date. She agreee to spend time with me, to go out together.
She turned her back on me. She ignored what I had to say.
I carried on. I continued, I persevered
I wrote a check and it bounced. There was not enough money in the bank to cover my expenses.
My breath came up short panted. I was breathing harder than normal due to my excitement or tiredness.
The boss was short-handed. The boss didn't have enough employees to do the necessary work. Being short-handed means not having enough employees to do the necessary work because you need more "hands" to help you, more people.
I was feeling mighty blue. I was very sad.
The proprietor drew a gun on me. The proprietor pulled out a pistol and pointed it at me.
After going through a lot of red tape. After many bureaucratic and confusing processes.
She had good looking pins too. She had attractive legs.
How’s tricks? Hello An informal greeting.
A tear ran down my cheek. I cried softly.
She let her hair down and ate like a horse. She acted in a relaxed manner and she ate a real lot.
It felt good to stretch my legs again. It was nice to experience freedom again.
He's all thumbs. He's very clumsy. As if all your fingers became thumbs, so you wouldn't be able to do things properly.
He spent his money like water. He was very generous with his money (or simply spent too much)
I went to pieces. I became very upset/sad.
I tried to chisel in. I tried to interrupt their good times, get in the way.
They sprung me. I was released from prison.
That burned me up. I became very angry.
Her clothes fit her like a glove. Her dress was clinging tight on her body, the perfect size for her.
Our eyes met. We noticed each another.
He was connected with the railroad. He worked for a railroad company.
We chewed the rag awhile. We had a little chat, a small talk.
The judge tried to pump me. The judge tried to get information out of me.
I seemed to grow up overnight My time as a child seemed to pass by quickly
I dropped in on Mary. I made her a surprise visit.
What’s new? Hello An informal greeting.
She put on the dog. She wore a formal evening gown and looked very attractive in it.
In no time the law was on my heels. Soon the police were very close to catching me.
The guy got in my hair. He was a constant nuisance.
My money was running out on me. I was spending all my money quickly.
I raised a big stink. I protested vigorously.
I walked out on her. I left her presence, especially in a rude manner.
I got a job slinging hash. I got a job serving food in a restaurant. Especially a cheap establishment.
We were painting the town red. We were enjoying parties all over the city.
A beautiful girl stepped into the picture. I met an attractive woman and she became significant to me.
I made a lot of dough. I made a lot of money.
What’s cookin’? Hello An informal greeting.
I got up with the chickens. I rose up very early in the morning. Roosters/cocks are known to crow at the sunrise, so this expression is synonymous with rising up early
I got goose pimples. I got nervous. Goose pimples are those little lumps you get all over your skin when you feel cold, or nervous, or afraid, ...
Did you follow me? Did you understand what I said?
I gave him the slip. I managed to escape from him.
He gave me the gate. I was fired/dismissed from my job.
I felt a tug at my elbow. Someone was pulling on my arm.
Total number of items: 63
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