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Extra-4: Common Idioms for speaking.

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an arm and a leg
Very expensive. It cost me --- to take my trip to Australia.
over the moon
Extremely pleased or happy. I was --- when he asked me to marry him.
jumping the gun
Doing or starting something too early
once in a blue moon
Happening very rarely. He comes round to see me ---
chip on his shoulder.
Feeling inferior or having a grievance about something
piece of cake
Very easy. I reckon getting a band 7 in IELTS will be a --- ! I’m very good at English.
drop in the ocean
A very small part of something much bigger
Actions speak louder than words.
It’s better to actually do something rather than just talking about it
It's a small world.
Meeting someone you would not have expected to
Back to the drawing board!
When an attempt to do something fails and it's time to start all over again using different methods
cut to the chase
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point. Come on, ---. We haven’t got all day!
put all your eggs in one basket.
Putting all of ones resources into one possibility
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Believing that every bad situation has a positive side / eventually leads to something good
found my feet.
To become comfortable in what you are doing. It was difficult when I moved to another country but I eventually ---
fixed in their ways
Not wanting to change from the normal ways of doing things. My parents are very ---. They won’t start using the internet.
go the extra mile
My mother will always --- to help people. Doing much more than is required when doing something
hit the nail on the head.
Say exactly the right thing
If it’s not one thing, it’s the other
When everything seems to be going wrong
the heat of the moment
Saying or doing something suddenly without thinking about it. Sorry, I just said it in ---
Keep an eye on him
Watch someone or something carefully
kicked the bucket.
let sleeping dogs lie
Avoid a conflict
let the cat out of the bag
Tell someone something that you were not supposed to
bite the hand that feeds you.
Hurt or upset someone who is helping you
sitting on the fence
Not making a firm decision between different choices
over the top
Excessive. излишний
Practice makes perfect.
Continuously doing something to improve
pulling your leg.
Joking around
smell a rat
To sense that something is not right. I can ---
the spitting image
To look exactly like someone else
The ball's in your court
Telling someone it's now their turn to make a decision
until the cows come home
For a very long time
Something said in humour rather than seriously
under the weather
Unwell. нездоровый
water under the bridge
water under the bridge
You are what you eat
If you eat bad food, you’ll be unhealthy, if you eat good food, you’ll be healthy
You can’t judge a book by its cover.
The belief that outside appearances do not reveal what someone
working against the clock
Not having enough time to do something
flogging a dead horse.
Attempting to continue with something that is finished / over
bent over backwards
Doing all you can to help someone. I --- to help him
Break a leg
Good luck
driving me up the wall.
Annoying or irritating somebody
it takes two tango
said when you want to emphasize that both people involved in a difficult situation must accept the blame, or that an activity needs two people who are willing to take part for it to happen:
not standard for because:
it goes without saying
used to mean that something is obvious:
keen to remain neutral
стремится оставаться нейтральным
hit the sack
to go to bed in order to sleep:
mood swings
перепады настроения
to turn in
to go to bed
struggling to cope
изо всех сил, чтобы справиться
affected by influences
зависит от влияния
delay hiring new staff
Задержка найма новых сотрудников
turfed out
to make someone leave вышвыривать кого-либо
does not make any sense
не имеет никакого смысла