20/4/18 51 Popular English Idioms (Part 5)
41. Freak Out
To become very angry, scared or excited
Mum, don’t freak out! I married a guy in Las Vegas.
42. Be a Catch
Be someone worth marrying/having
John is taking me out tonight. He’s such a catch, I hope he’ll propose.
43. Piece of Cake
When something is extremely easy to do
Do you think you could beat him in a race?
Yeah, piece of cake. I’m definitely a lot faster than him.
44. Hit the Nail in the Head
Used if something someone says, is precisely correct
My doctor hit the nail on the head. He knew exactly what was wrong with me!
45. Costs an Arm and a Leg
When something is very expensive
My son wants that mountain bike for his birthday, but it’ll cost an arm and a leg!
46. Hit the Books
To study very hard
Do you want to go for lunch somewhere nice?
No thanks, I’m going to hit the books. I have an exam coming up soon.
47. Bite Off more than you Can Chew
To take on something that is too much for you to handle.
He recently got promoted and took on some new responsibilities, but he’s just too busy. He bit off more than he could chew, and I don’t think he can handle it anymore.
48. When Pigs Fly
This means that something will never happen
Aren’t you going to buy that dream house you told me about?
Ugh, I will when pigs fly. It’s just so expensive, I don’t think it’ll happen.
49. Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
This means don’t make a decision based on a brief impression or outward appearance
I don’t like our new neighbours very much, they’re quite strange.
Hey, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Give them a chance, I think they’re just a bit quirky but really nice!
50. You Rock
You are great
Thanks for the tickets, Rob. You rock!
51. Miss the Boat
When someone has missed their opportunity to do something
Have you applied for that job yet?
No, I think I may have missed the boat. I should’ve done it last week.