Idioms Collected by Students:
Down in the dumps (a dump is a place to put garbage)
I lost 500 dollars on the horse races and now I am down in the dumps.
To be down in the dumps means to be depressed about something,
unhappy because something happened.
A close synonym is down in the mouth.
One mans meat is another mans poison.
What one person likes very much, is the worst possible thing for another
One mans junk is another mans treasure.
Go for it! (Teenagers use it mostly) It is a kind of
encouragement to someone about any subject. So, if I decide to buy a new
car, my friend might say, Go for it!"
Let sleeping dogs lie. If someone has a bad habit and it is not
too likely to change, you can say about this habit, Let sleeping
dogs lie. (Leave it alone, forget it, its not worth the trouble)
Look before you leap. Think first; act second.
Could you give me a rain check on that please? If an item on
sale is sold out, sometimes you can get a rain check to get it at
the sale price sometime later.
You want me to take it back? Over my dead body! (This is a very
strong NO. NO WAY!)
Lufthansa may take stake in Air Canada.
Stake is like some money I risk for something. It is also a piece
of wood to mark property, or to mark a row of peas in my garden.
He can lose face by making a mistake and then feeling shame.
Hes all eyes for her. Hes in love!
Hes all ears to hear the gossip. It means ready to hear
Individuals shouldnt jump on the judges.
So, jump on means to criticize someone too much.
We need to get to the root of this problem. For example, What
is the root of the problem with children who do not respect adults?
This is the basic, bottom of the problem.
Did you stand up to him when he insulted you? It means to defend
Dont let them push you around. It means not to let someone
manipulate or bully you.
Does this player have the killer instinct you need to play good
hockey? It means he must be very competitive.