#IOTW: Idioms of The Week (10)

  1. When pigs fly. Meaning: tidak mungkin.
    • Example:
      • Would you ever take her on a date?

      • Sure, when pigs fly.

  2. Bread-and-butter. Meaning: mata pencaharian.
    • Example:
      • “He’s actually a singer but interior designer is his bread and-butter.”
  3. Bird-dog. Meaning: memata-matai.
    • Example:
      • “The police bird-dogged the suspect’s movements.”
  4. In a nut shell. Meaning: secara singkat dan jelas
    • Example:
      • “I don’t need to know everything about it, so can you tell me how this camera works in a nutshell?”
  5. Hopping mad. Meaning: sangat marah.
    • Example:
      • “He’s hopping mad because his daughter has borrowed his car without asking his permission.”
  6. Mum’s the word. Meaning: jangan bilang siapa-siapa.
    • Example:
      • “He doesn’t know about his girlfriend’s affair, so just mum’s the word.”
  7. Home truths. Meaning: kritikan pedas.
    • Example:
      • “He doesn’t like to face up to home truths but everybody knows he’s a liar.”
  8. Go as white as a sheet. Meaning: pucat pasi.
    • Example:
      • “She went as white as a sheet when she read the letter. It must’ve been bad.”
  9. A red-letter day. Meaning: hari yang sangat menyenangkan.
    • Example:
      • “It was a red-letter day for us when we were able to move into our new house.”
  10. Face the music. Meaning: menerima akibatnya.
    • Example:
      • “After failing a biology test, she had to go home and face the music.”

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4u on Friday, June 15, 2012.


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