#IOTW: Idioms on clothings (3)

A few weeks ago, we’ve talked about some idioms on ‘hats,’ ‘caps’ and ‘bonnets.’ #IOTW: IDIOMS ON CLOTHINGS (1) and also some on ‘shirts’ and ‘belts’ #IOTW: IDIOMS ON CLOTHINGS (2). Today, I’ll share some idioms about ‘gloves’ and ‘sleeves.’ Here we go!

1. Fit like a glove. Meaning: berukuran sangat pas.


  • “That red dress used to fit me like a glove, now I can’t even slide my arm into the sleeve.”

2. Hand in glove. Meaning: bekerja sama dengan sangat dekat; berkolusi.


  • “After the pageant, it was discovered that the winner was hand in glove with the jury.”

3. Iron fist/hand in a velvet glove. Meaning: berpenampilan lembut, tapi sebenarnya sangat tegas dan keras kepala.


  • “To get the kids to do what she wants, she used persuasion followed by force – an iron fist in a velvet glove.”

4. Handle with kid gloves. Meaning: perlakukan dengan sangat hati-hati.


  • “Didn’t you know that vase was a rare item? You should’ve handled it with kid gloves.”

5. The gloves are off. Meaning: pertarungan/pertandingan/perkelahian akan segera dimulai.


  • “The two candidates are out of their seats.  The gloves are off!”

6. Roll up one’s sleeves. Meaning: melakukan kerja keras.


  • “The celebrities rolled up their sleeves and washed cars for charity.”

7. Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve. Meaning: menunjukkan perasaan secara terbuka.


  • “My Dad’s not afraid to cry. He always wears his heart on his sleeve.

8. Have a card up one’s sleeve. Meaning: punya rahasia atau rencana rahasia.


  • “I think the opponents have a card up their sleeve. They’ve been suspiciously quiet from the start.”

9. Laugh up one’s sleeve. Meaning: diam-diam menertawakan masalah atau kesulitan orang lain.


  • “His presentation was a total failure. He knows his colleague was laughing up his sleeve.

Feel free to send us some example using the idioms I’ve shared today. What better way to learn than to practice, right?

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.



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