Idioms from the News
Trick or Treat! If you dont give me some candy, I will play a
trick on you.
Example tricks: soaping the windows, putting a pin in the doorbell,
knocking and then running away, throwing eggs at windows, knocking over
Electoral tricks, no treats (headline)
Electoral relates to elections. An electoral trick is a trick about
voting, or rules for elections. Often, an idiom is used in a new way. You
are expected to know the normal way, so you can guess the new way.
This is called a play on words.
Green: Envy or jealousy
Yellow: Cowardly, fearful
Black: badness of all kinds
White: pure, peaceful, clean, goodness
Red: passion; sexy; anger; romance
Blue: sadness; depression
Pink: girlishness; romance
Grey: sadness or shock
My son said, Can I stay out until 1:00 a.m.? and I said to him,
its out of the question. So this is a strong NO!
You need to watch out for the creeps out there. A creep
is a kind of person who behaves strangely or dangerously. A synonym is jerk!
I would never dream of letting him walk home alone.
Another way to say a strong NO!
Because of the drivers reckless behaviour, kids these days have
to fight for themselves. The children need to take care and protect
themselves; no one else can do it for them.
We need to know what we are up against. This means we need
to understand the problem before we can find a solution for it.
Fast ferries cost threatens to sink fleet
The expensive ferries will cause the other ferries to go bankrupt. This
idiom is a play on words.
The company has taken a different tack from its
competitors. This idiom comes from sailing. To tack is to zigzag
into the wind. To change tack is to change direction.
Onex plays trump card with new bid.
So, a trump card is a winning card (kind of a guaranteed win)
What is the double standard? Often we see it between men
Activists blast double standard at customs (headline) There
are different rules for different people, even though they ought to be
He is a two-faced liar. He is sweet on one face, nasty on
A blockhead is a man who is stubborn and doesnt want to
What it boils down to is men and women need to change with
the times. To boil down to something is to express the main or
To change with the times is to give up on older ideas and change
to newer ones.