#IOTW: Idiom of The Week (10)

  1. Work itself out. Meaning: terpecahkan (untuk masalah atau persoalan).
    • Example:
      • “Eventually, all the problems worked themselves out without any help from us.”
  2. Build/get/work up a head of steam. Meaning: mengumpulkan energi/dukungan/semangat untuk melakukan sesuatu.
    • Example:
      • “In the last three months the campaign has built up a good head of steam.”
  3. Battle of the bulge. Meaning: berusaha mempertahankan lingkar pinggang seseorang.
    • Example:
      • “She appears to have lost the battle of the bulge. She gained some weight.”
  4. (It’s) not half bad. Meaning: tidak seburuk yang disangka.
    • Example:
      • How do you like the movie?

      • Not half bad.

  5. Have to eat your words. Meaning: menelan kata-kata yang sudah diucapkan.
    • Example:
      • “She said she would never smoke again, but she had to eat her words.”
  6. Drive/run/work yourself into the ground. Meaning: bekerja terlalu keras hingga jatuh sakit.
    • Example:
      • “He’ll run himself into the ground. If he doesn’t take some time off, he will eventually get sick.”
  7. Not take something lying down. Meaning: menolak diperlakukan secara buruk oleh seseorang.
    • Example:
      • “He can’t just order you about like that. Surely, you’re not going to take that lying down!”
  8. Throw oneself at someone’s feet. Meaning: berlutut di kaki seseorang, memohon pada seseorang sambil berlutut.
    • Example:
      • “In his guilt and horror, he threw himself at the feet of his wife and begged forgiveness.”
  9. Give someone a red face. Meaning: membuat seseorang merasa malu, mempermalukan seseorang.
    • Example:
      • “We really gave him a red face when we caught him eavesdropping.”
  10. (As) tough/hard as nails. Meaning: berkepribadian sangat kuat, keras kepala.
    • Example:
      • “She is a warm and friendly person, but she is also as tough as nails.”

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, June 4, 2012.



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