#IOTW: Idioms on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”

1. Worth a shot. Meaning: something that is worth trying as there is a chance of success.

  • Example:
    • “I’ve been clicking the site many times just to get the tickets for Star Wars premiere. Well, it’s worth a shot.”


2. Cut to the chase. Meaning: get to the point and saying what is important without delay.

  • Example:
    • “What are you talking about? I didn’t get your point. Cut to the chase, Sheldon!”


3. Pull out all the stops. Meaning: to do every effort to achieve the best result.

  • Example:
    • “I’m happy that you give me a huge bouquet of roses. Leonard, you really pull out all the stops.”


4. Apples to oranges. Meaning: to describe or compare two totally different things.

  • Example:
    • “I’m a remarkable physicist while Wolowitz is just an engineer. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, Amy.”


5. Snake in the grass. Meaning: someone who’s feign friendship with the intent to deceive.

  • Example:
    • “Penny is sweet but she is gossiping about us in the back. She is the snake in the grass.”

6. Way to make lemonade. Meaning: make the best out of bad situation.

  • Example:
    • “Rajesh wants to be a businessman after his scientific career comes to an end. What a way to make lemonade.”


7. Eat heart out. Meaning: to suffer from envy or jealousy.

  • Example:
    • “The whole Engineering Department was eating their hearts out when Leslie took me to check out the CERN Supercollider.”


8. Mum’s the word. Meaning: a pledge to keep the secret.

  • Example:
    • “Sshhh! Mum’s the word, Bernie. A luminous fish which glows in the dark is my billion dollar idea.”


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, March 29, 2017


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