18/4/18 51 Popular English Idioms (Part 3)
21. Go the Extra Mile
To make a special effort/try very hard to achieve your goal
If you want to become proficient in English, you’ll have to go the extra mile and start learning idioms.
My English class was great, we learnt so much because our teacher was the best, she always went the extra mile for us.
22. Running On Fumes
To continue to stay awake when feeling exhausted
I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go home now. I haven’t slept for twenty hours and I’m running on fumes.
23. Sold Me Out
To snitch on someone, or let their secret out
I asked you to keep it to yourself! I can’t believe you sold me out, I trusted you!
24. You Sold Me (on Something)
You convinced me of something, because you were persuasive
OK, you’ve sold me. I’ll go to the match with you.
25. Blew Me Away
When something blows you away, you’re extremely impressed by it
The exhibition just blew me away. I’d never seen so many beautiful paintings before.
26. Blow Smoke
To exaggerate or say things that aren’t true to make you seem better/ more knowledgeable than in reality
I’m not blowing smoke. I have honestly read War and Peace by Tolstoy.
27. Cry Wolf
To call for help when you don’t need it
Do you think Peter is in trouble or is he just crying wolf?
28. Couldn’t Care Less
Used to express total lack of interest in something
That man stole a bottle of wine from the shop.
Oh, really? I couldn’t care less.
29. Be Chuffed To Bits
To be pleased and happy
Hey, thanks for the present! I’m chuffed to bits.
30. Feeling Under the Weather
To be ill or unable to do regular activities
I think I’m going to have to take the day off work. I feel quite under the weather today.