Jen’s English Tip’s – Idiomatic Expressions
Call a spade a spade: Speak clearly and plainly; describe something as it is
Cast pearls before swine: Do something for people who cannot appreciate it
A chip on the shoulder: is a bad attitude that tends to get someone easily upset
Give someone the cold shoulder: Be treated in an offhand unfriendly way
Come hell or high water: Keep going no matter what difficulties are encountered
Come off with flying colors: Be highly successful
Crocodile tears: Fake tears. He’s not really upset, those are crocodile tears.
Cut to the chase: To cut to the chase is to focus on what is really important.
Daylight robbery: Blatant and unfair overcharging
Dutch courage: False sense of courage that a person feels when they are under the influence of alcohol.
Eat humble pie or Eat Crow: behave humbly especially after a setback
Excuse my French: Please forgive my bad language. (swearing)
End of story: There is nothing more to be said
Fall on your sword: Kill yourself or offer resignation
Fish in troubled waters: Make profit when others are in trouble
Get off on the wrong foot: To begin doing something in a way that is likely to fail
Get your feet wet: Do something for the first time
Have an axe to grind: Have a hidden reason for something
Head over heels: Very excited
Hit the hay: Go to bed
Hold your horses: Wait, be patient
Hot off the press: Just printed
In a nutshell: In very few words; clearly and to the point
In high spirits: Very happy
In the limelight: At the center of attention
It never rains but it pours: When troubles come they come together
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