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#EngGame: Complete the idioms

Hello fellas! Let’s start the month with something fun. Do you like idioms? Fancy some #EngGame? Why not combine the two in today’s session? As you know, we’ve shared quite a lot of idioms in our #IOTW sessions. Today, I want you to fill the blanks & complete the idiom.  For example:

Mom: Where’s Yudi?
Dad: He’s a _ _ _ _ _ potato. Where else could he possibly be?

Can you fill in the blank? Yes! The answer is: “COUCH”.

Mom: Where’s Yudi?
Dad: He’s a [COUCH] potato. Where else could he possibly be?

Now that you get the hang of it. Let’s start!

1. A: Why didn’t you call me last night?

B: Why should I? Do you think the whole world r  _ _ _ _ _ _ around you?

  1. That useless boyfriend of her led her down the _ r _ _ _ _ _ _ path and dump her just before Christmas.

  2. Stop being a _ _ r _ _ _ _ _ _ violet. People won’t understand unless you speak up.

  3. Please man up! You wouldn’t have a _ _ _ w _ _ _ _’s chance of winning my hand if you keep being so coward.

  4. Being my boyfriend doesn’t mean you can steal my _ _ _ _ d _ _. Don’t you know how hard I worked on the project?

  5. Don’t worry. I’m sure it’s just a storm in a _ _ _ _ _ p. He would never forget your anniversary on purpose.

7. A: I haven’t seen Firdaus in a while.

B: His girlfriend kept him busy as _ _ _ _ _ _ n on a skillet.

  1. What should we do now? Dad’s h _ _ _ _ _ _ mad because he caught me outside when you came last night.

  2. Mom gave me a _ _ _   _ _ _ _ when she showed the secret baby album to my boyfriend.

  3. If you keep eating this much, I doubt you would ever win the battle of the _ u _ _ _.

That’s all 10 questions for today’s #EngGame, fellas! Have fun guessing the missing words :D


  1. Revolves.  When someone “thinks the world revolves around him/her”, berarti dia merasa dirinya paling penting.

  2. Primrose. A “primrose path” adalah hidup enak dan bahagia yang akhirnya berujung penderitaan.

  3. Shrinking. Kalau kamu disebut “a shrinking violet”, berarti kamu pemalu dan jarang mengutarakan pendapat.

  4. Snowball. If something has a “snowball’s chance” berarti kesempatannya amat sangat kecil.

  5. Thunder. Someone who “steal his/her thunder” adalah seseorang yang mencuri ide tanpa izin.

  6. Teacup. A storm in a teacup adalah masalah kecil yang dibesar-besarkan.

  7. Popcorn. Pernah buat popcorn sachetan di panci? “As busy as popcorn on a skillet” berarti sibuk bukan main.

  8. Hopping. If your dad’s “hopping mad” berarti bokap lagi marah besar; ngamuk.

  9. Red face. To “give someone a red face” berarti membuat seseorang malu; mempermalukan seseorang.

  10. Bulge. “Battle of the bulge” berarti perang melawan berat badan dan perut yang membuncit; diet

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, June 1, 2013.




#IOTW #EngGame: Guess the idioms from the pictures!

Hellooo, fellas! How are you? Ready for today’s session? Let’s have some fun with English idioms!

Let’s play! I will post images (photos, cartoons, etc.) that represent an English idiom in each number. Your job is: guess the idiom! Here’s an example. Can you guess what the idiom is and its meaning?


“Curiosity Killed The Cat: Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.” – @sekarlangit

Great! Correct, @sekarlangit! Easy, right, fellas? Don’t forget to guess what the idiom is and also state the meaning. Let’s play! ;D

2. 1090875-Clipart-Moodie-Character-Spilling-The-Beans-Royalty-Free-Vector-Illustration
3. under-the-weather
4. break-a-leg
  1. “Have a blast, what can i say hmm..enjoy your time,have great time,have a ton of fun!” – @Gyrassic;  “Have a blast; have a great time.” – @dwityanucifera
  2. “Spilling the beans = accidentally reveal a secret.” – @Esambot; “Spill the bean meaning tell the truth or secret.” –  @sandrauw
  3. “Under the weather=feeling unwell.” – @bowntell; “Under the weather: unhealthy condition (sick).” –  @trianibelle
  4. “Break a leg. It means good luck.” – @annisalista; “Break a leg. Semoga berhasil/sukses.” –  @13njet
  5. “It’s a wrap; It is successfully completed.” – @gau_1st; “Admiral Ackbar (Star Wars) in sandwich?! IT’S A WRAP :))” –  @ctrnn
  6. “Piece of cake: easy.” – @ariebuch; “a piece of cake: easy. Like the test is a piece of cake. It means the test is easy.” –  @anastasyaherma
  7. “Be all ears: would listen to.” – @silalahifranz;  “I’m all ears: I’m listening to everything you’ll say.” –  @anggastanadia
  8. “Hit the hay [go to sleep]” – @ellinchasslam; “Hit the hay: go to bed.” –  @amalianadiene
  9. “Ring a bell: familiar. I have never listen NKOTB before, but this song rings a bell. Maybe I have heard it somewhere.” – @sansiabintang; “ring a bell. To remember something!” –  @VitriaIndah
  10. “Down to earth= being humble.” – @ks_rayisa; “down to earth. Rendah hati ;))” –  @AndreiaEirene
That’s a wrap! How was the #EngGame? Piece of cake, right? Now it’s time to hit the hay. See you tomorrow with more to talk about! ;D
Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, May 13, 2013.



#IOTW: Related to ‘thing’

1. Be the best thing since sliced bread. Meaning: menjadi orang yang hebat.

2. It all amounts to the same thing. Meaning: melakukan sesuatu dengan segala cara, namun hasilnya tetap sama.

3. Too much of a good thing. Meaning: suatu hal yang menyenangkan namun berubah menjadi tidak menyenangkan karena berlebihan.

4. All things being equal. Meaning: segala sesuatu yang berjalan sesuai dengan yang diharapkan.

5. Get into the swing of things. Meaning: mulai mengerti tentang suatu hal yang baru dan mulai menikmatinya.

6. Great mind think alike. Meaning: seseorang cenderung akan mendekati orang lain karena memiliki pemikiran yang sama.

7. Think the sun shines out of somebody’s backside. Meaning: sangat mengagumi seseorang sehingga tidak bisa melihat kekurangan orang tersebut.

8. Think the whole world revolves around you. Meaning: berpikir bahwa kita ada orang yang paling penting.

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, January 31, 2013



#IOTW: (Happy New) Year :)

So, even though it’s the New Year, there is still a session going on for our lovable fellas. :)

For a light reading on English tips, why don’t we start with some idioms with the word ‘year’?  Here are some of them.

  1. All year round. Meaning: selama tahun tersebut.
  • Example:
    • “So, I can’t eat chocolate all year round?”

2. Not in a thousand years/not in a million years. Meaning: tidak akan terjadi.

  • Example:
    • Would you pet a cat?

    • Not in a thousand years!

  1.  Never in a thousand years/never in a million years. Meaning: tidak akan terjadi

  2.  Donkey’s years. Meaning: sudah lama atau waktu yang lama sekali dimana berhubungan dengan telinga keledai (donkey) yang panjang.

  • Example:
    • “Wow, I haven’t seen my high school mates in donkey’s years!”
  1. Take years off (of someone/something). Meaning: membuat seseorang terlihat muda. Idiom ini sering dipakai di iklan berbahasa Inggris.
  • Example:
    • “You look stunning dear, your hairdo has taken years off your face.”
  1. Year in, year out. Meaning: dari tahun ke tahun yang menjelaskan sesuatu terus terjadi setiap tahun. 
  • Example:
    • “This girl who lives next door seemed to adore you, she kept sending special things year in, year out.”
  1.  Autumn years. Meaning: hari-hari tua seseorang terutama yang telah berhenti bekerja.
  • Example:
    • “My grandfather is enjoying his autumn years playing with his grandsons.”
  1.  Light years away. Meaning: masih lama atau masih di masa depanFrasa ‘Light years away’ berhubungan dengan jarak bintang-bintang di angkasa dari bumi.
  • Example:
    • “Seeing a place like Paris is still light years away for me.”
  1. It’s been years (informal). Meaning: (tanpa memberikan secara spesifik angka berapa tahun tersebut) menyatakan bahwa sudah terjadi sejak lama.
  • Example:
    • It’s been years my grandmother stopped making cakes for that bakery.”
  1. Year by year. Meaning: setiap tahun.
  • Example:
    • Year by year, the social media users in Indonesia increased.”

That’s it fellas! I hope those idioms can be useful for you. Don’t forget to bookmark our website to find our previous sessions. Also, don’t forget to join our 2nd Anniversary #PhotoCompetition :D Happy New Year 2013!! Have a great evening!!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Tueaday, January 1, 2013.



#EngGame: #IOTW Guess the meaning of each idiom

It’s already 7 PM and it means I’m going to start today’s session. Today’s session will be about #IOTW but I make it in #EngGame format. :D

I will post 10 idioms and all you need to do is answer the meaning of each idiom. Don’t forget to put the number of each question. :)


1. Hit the nail on the head: ………
[a] to be far from the right answer
[b] to understand a situation precisely
[c] to build a tree house
[d] to need more explanation

2. Hold your horses: ………
[a] to rush to a conclusion
[b] to stop what you are doing
[c] to adjust the reins on a horse
[d] to slow down or to be patient

3. Apple of my eye: ………
[a] to go to church with someone
[b] to cherish someone
[c] to dislike someone
[d] to be similar to someone else

4. Cover all the bases: ………
[a] to be vague
[b] to score a home-run
[c] to make a certain all possibilities have been covered

5. Coast is clear: ………
[a] a bright blue ocean
[b] when there are many obstacles in the way
[c] when the ocean is bright blue
[d] nothing is in the way

6. Off the beaten path: ………
[a] to travel to a capital city
[b] to take the most traveled route
[c] to forge a path in the woods
[d] to be far away from civilization

7. Down in the dumps: ………
[a] to be mad at someone
[b] to feel like there is no hope
[c] to feel hopeful
[d] to dog through the garbage can

8. A penny for your thoughts: ………
[a] to pay someone to speak at an event
[b] to not care about what someone else is thinking
[c] to give all the information
[d] a request to hear what you are thinking about

9. Eyes are bigger than your stomach: ………
[a] to take more food than you can finish
[b] to need glasses
[c] to take just the right amount
[d] to not eat enough

10. On pins and needles: ………
[a] to wait
[b] not to looking forward to something
[c] to learn how to sew
[d] to anticipate something


Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 13, 2013.



#IOTW: Idioms related to water

For almost a week, we have to deal with water, like rain, flood. So, that’s why today’s session will be about water.

  1. To be in deep water. Meaning: to be in a difficult situation. 
    • Example:
      • Having lost his passport, Finn is now in deep waters.
  2. Blow (someone) out of the water. Meaning: defeat or humiliate a person.
    • Example:
      • If Quinn challenges Rachel’s ability to sing, Rachel’ll blow Quinn out of the water.
  3. To be like a fish out of water. Meaning: to feel awkward or uncomfortable because of being unfamiliar with the surroundings.
    • Example:
      • Emma felt like a fish out of water among those high-society people.
  4. Water under the bridge. Meaning: event that has already occurred and cannot be altered.
    • Example:
      • Mercedes, stop worrying about the national competition, it is water under the bridge now.
  5. Hold water. Meaning: be logical, be sensible.
    • Example:
      • Puckerman can’t be in two places at once. His story doesn’t hold water.
  6. In hot water. Meaning: needing discipline or correction.
    • Example:
      • Kurt took his pet to school, and now he’s in hot water. He could be suspended from class.
  7. Dead in the water. Meaning: not competitive, not qualified to compete, no hope for the future.
    • Example:
      • Since Mr. Will Schuester left, this club has been dead in the water.
  8. Come hell or high water. Meaning: no matter what happens.
    • Example:
      • Brittany will buy that gown, come hell or high water. She’s determined.
  9. Throw cold water on. Meaning: discourage, because you lose the interest.
    • Example:
      • Don’t be negative, Santana. Don’t throw cold water on our regional competition plan.
  10. Test the water. Meaning: check someone’s feeling, take a poll.
    • Example:
      • Tina always tests the water before she introduces a budget.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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#IOTW: Idioms Connected to War

So, year 2012 is ending and war, conflicts, even misusing guns seemed to keep on going anywhere in the world. “War is needed” somehow to certain people yet it’s no good at all. As they say, “A quarrel won’t solve a problem.”

In other hand, what happened in the war zone became everyday phrases in the forms of what admin will be sharing: Idioms of The Week. It doesn’t mean that you can do it, they are just expressions to what is happening in certain moments.

These moments are usually frustrating, fearless, related to work or crime moments, such as:

  1. Don’t shoot the messenger‘ or ‘Don’t kill the messenger.’ Meaning: don’t want to be blamed (bisa dipakai saat akan memberitahu suatu berita buruk tapi kamu tidak mau disalahi).
    •  Example:
      • “Please don’t shoot the messenger, but I got some bad news about the place that we’re going to rent.”
  2. Get the axe’ (‘Get the ax’ – US Spelling). Meaning: kamu diberhentikan/kehilangan pekerjaan.
    •  Example:
      • “I just got the axe this morning. It’s depressing.”
  3. Drop a bombshell.’ Meaning: terjadi saat seseorang mengumumkan bahwa suatu hal akan mengubah sebuah situasi secara drastis.
    •  Example:
      • “Oh my God, my boss will place me in Singapore! She just dropped a bombshell, my boyfriend is not going to be happy.”
  4. Knight in shining armour.’ Meaning: adalah seseorang yang menyelamatkanmu dari bahaya atau  problema yang buruk.
    •  Example:
      • “Oh Kevin, you’re such a knight in shining armour. I wouldn’t know what to say to the boss if you weren’t there.”
  5. Lock and load.’ Meaning: frase militer yang artinya “siap dan siagakan dirimu” (be ready and prepared).
    1.  Example:
      1.  “Lock and load guys! This is not going to be an easy meeting! We got to get a sponsorship from them!”
  6. Long shot.’ Meaning: digunakan saat mengetahui kesuksesan/kesempatan untuk meraih/mencapai sesuatu tidak memungkinkan.
    •  Example:
      • “This kind of work is a long shot for me. I have no work experience on it at all.”
  7. Over the top.’ Meaning: digunakan saat sesuatu terlihat berlebihan atau tidak diperlukan (lebay). Pada saat perang saat ‘over the top’ adalah saat satu prajurit meninggalkan persembunyiannya.
    •  Example:
      • I would like a gold plated folder, please.

      • Jake, that’s over the top, there’s no such thing.

  8. Smoking gun.’ Meaning: bukti utama/vital dari kesalahan seseorang atau kasus kriminal.
    •  Example:
      • “It looks like the police have found the smoking gun of that tragic robbery.”
  9. Tell it to the marines.’ Meaning: ekspresi yang digunakan saat tidak mempercayai kata-kata seseorang. Sepertinya idiom ini bisa juga termasuk kata-kata sarkastik (sarcasm)
    •  Example:
      • You know that Ivan is a strong man right?

      • Really? Tell it to the marines, I’m sure he’ll be able to carry box.

  10. War of words.’ Meaning: argumen yang terjadi antara orang-orang atau organisasi-organisasi.
    •  Example:
      • “Seems that war of words on David or Calvin is responsible of that event’s mess never settled.”

I hope those idioms are something interesting to learn, I’m sure some of you maybe have heard it before. As a human, let’s be a wise and intelligent human, the world has too much problems already, so don’t add more, respect more. :)

Have a great evening fellas!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.



#EngQuiz: learning idioms/idiomatic expressions through Community TV series

Hello, fellas! What’s up? Today’s session will start in another half an hour. But before that, here’s a sneak peek!

Community TV series

How many of you know what was the photo I posted a while ago about? Tonight we’re having #EngQuiz with materials I took from the TV series!

The TV series in which the photo I posted is ‘Community,’ a sitcom that’s originally on NBC. Read more about it here Community (TV series). Remember how we always say we can always learn English the fun way? That’s including by watching TV series. This one’s admin’s favorite.

A simple thing is how the series uses lots of idioms/idiomatic expressions in dialogues. They are not something you can find in classrooms.

Now, related to the #EngQuiz we are going to have tonight, this is how we’re gonna do it..

  1. Admin will post dialogue bits from ‘Community’ TV series, ‘Law & Order’ episode, that contain idioms/idiomatic expressions.
  2. Guess the meaning of the idioms/idiomatic expressions that are indicated by the use of brackets (tanda kurung).
  3. When you answer the #EngQuiz, don’t forget to also put the number of the question.
  4. Admin will then RT your correct answers.

Ready?!? Here it is, #EngQuiz with Community TV series! ;-D

Quiz 1:

Jeff: He did not say that.

Annie: He basically said that. You let me handle the (needy greedy).

Quiz 2:

Troy: Looks like it’s gonna be a late night. How we manage to (pull the short straw)?

Quiz 3:

Pierce: Of course I watered it. It was my turn, wasn’t it? I (hold up my end).

Quiz 4:

Troy: The guy we’re looking for had a key to Bio room Monday night.

Neil: Monday night? (Rings a bell). I’ll check the log.

Quiz 5:

Troy: That doesn’t make sense! You don’t order a ketchup, it’s a condiment!

Abed: Troy, hey, (walk it off)! Troy!

Quiz 6:

Abed: Sorry, my friend, he’s a bad cop. I’m a good cop, you can trust me.

Star-Burns: OK.. Hey, I’m (not falling for that)!

Quiz 7:

Abed: I’d say (our hands are tied), but we basically have no hands.

Quiz 8:

Jeff: You don’t need authority to get a confession. .. Break into his locker. You’ll find enough (dirt) to bury him.

Quiz 9:

Star-Burns: If you promise I won’t get in trouble for stealing that meth lab stuff. .. (Pinky swear)?

Quiz 10:

Dean Pelton: I’m inclined to agree with the man in the uniform.

Jeff: (Shocker)!

Quiz 11:

Troy: I’m sorry about my partner. He’s been (on the edge) ever since we switched.

Quiz 12:

Annie: .. but when (the going gets tough), Winger gets nervous, huh?!

Wondering what those idioms/idiomatic expressions in tonight’s#EngQuiz mean? Well, here they are!


  1. “Needy greedy= orang yang suka mencari perhatian? Trouble maker?” – @anie_1225
  2. “Refers to a way of choosing pple to do something, usually unpleasant job that nobody is going to volunteer for.” – @tatooyy
  3. “Hold up my end= keep the promises or work on his/her resposibilities?” – @anie_1225;  “Hold up my end : Did as assigned/promised.” – @stupidisa
  4. “Rings a bell = got the idea ? or like rembered something like aha!” – @anie_1225;  “rings a bell: reminds him about smthing.” – | @namirah_32
  5. “walk it off = trying to calming the others, maybe like just forget it; it’s okay, let’s get new one.” – ‏@anie_1225
  6. “Recognize a trick and refuse to be deceived by it.” – @anggirezky; “Hey, I’m (not falling for that)= it doesn’t trick me, I cant be fooled by that.” –  @namirah_32
  7. “Our hands are tied: doesn’t have the authority to do something.” –@stupidisa;  “Our hands are tied = We couldn’t do anything (that may help).” – @bonibayu
  8. “Evidence.” – @Istiquers:
  9. “An eternally binding promise, which, if broken, will result in the culprit losing his or her pinky, like in japanese movie if one of them break the promises something bad happen.” – @anie_1225; “pinky swear: a vow, a way to make a deal by linking pinky.” @Melmaymiss
  10. “Shocker: Such a surprise.” – @pskbd
  11. “On the edge: Having a very bad mood. – @stupidisa; “on the edge= on uncomfortable situation or unsteady stage(condition).” – @anie_1225
  12. “Going gets tough: problem/matter gets complicated or critical.” – @pskbd;  “The going gets tough= The things become difficult.” – @bonibayu

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.



#IOTW: Idioms related to plants

It is another #IOTW time! Now we will be talking about idioms related to plants.

  1. Come up roses. Meaning: If things come up roses, they produce a positive result, especially when things seemed to be going badly at first.

  2. Hit the hay. Meaning: going to bed.

  3. Primrose path. Meaning:  an easy and pleasurable lifestyle, but one that ends in unpleasantness and problems.

  4. No bed of roses. Meaning: something difficult.

  5. Shrinking violet. Meaning: a shy person who doesn’t express their views and opinions.

  6. Thorn in your side. Meaning: someone or something that causes trouble or makes life difficult for you.

  7. Turn a new leaf. Meaning: If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behavior and stop doing wrong or bad things.

  8. Watch grass grow. Meaning: If something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring.

  9. Old chestnut. Meaning:  something which has been repeated so many times that it has lost its impact.

  10. Nip it in the bud. Meaning: dealing with a problem when it is still small, before it can grow into something serious.

That’s all, fellas. Hope it could be useful for you! :D

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.



#IOTW: Idioms related to weather (2)

1. Rain on my parade. Meaning: someone ruins your pleasure or plans.


  • I was excited about the weekend but then, of course, my boss came along and rained on my parade.

2. A snowball’s chance. Meaning: very little chance


  • We don’t have a snowball’s chance of winning that contract.

3. (be) a breeze. Meaning: (to be) easy


  • The exam was a breeze.

4. Brass-monkey weather. Meaning: very cold weather.


  • It’s brass-monkey weather today. You’d better wrap up warm!

5. To blow hot and cold. Meaning: to keep changing your attitude.


  • I’m not sure if she likes me. She keeps blowing hot and cold.

6. Go down a storm. Meaning: something has been enjoyable or successful.


  • Last night’s party went down a storm, it was incredible.

7. Under a cloud. Meaning: thought possibly to be involved in something illegal or criminal.


  • Several people at my company have suddenly left under a cloud and are being investigated by the police.


Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 07, 2012





#IOTW: Idioms related to weather

1.  (it’s) raining cats and dogs. Meaning: it’s raining very hard


  • We can’t go now because it’s raining cats and dogs.

2.  A fair-weather friend. Meaning: a person who will only be your friend when things are going great for you


  • You’ll find out who your fair-weather friends are when you get rich and famous.

3.  Stealing my thunder. Meaning: someone takes the attention away from you


  • I can’t believe you told our parents you’re pregnant the day I told them I’m getting married. You are stealing my thunder.

4.  As right as rain. Meaning: feeling fine and healthy


  • I don’t feel sick anymore. I feel as right as rain.

5.  Have your head in the clouds. Meaning: someone who has ideas or thoughts those are not sensible or practical.


  • John has his head in the clouds if he thinks he’s going to get that promotion.

6.  Sail close to the wind. Meaning: to do something that is dangerous or only just legal or socially acceptable


  • Bruno has a reputation for sailing close to the wind with his business deals.

7.  A storm in a teacup. Meaning: a big fuss made about something of little importance


  • They had a big argument yesterday, but it was just a storm in a teacup. Everything is fine now.

8.  Shoot the breeze. Meaning: chat in a relaxed way


  • Both of us spent the entire evening just shooting the breeze.

9.  In a fog. Meaning: confused, dazed or unaware.


  • After surgery, I was in a fog until the anesthetic wore off.

10. Snowed under. Meaning: you have so much to do that you’re having trouble doing it all


  • She was so snowed under with work today that she didn’t even have time for lunch.

11. @rahmimimiEvery cloud has its silver lining. Meaning: there’s always something good after the bad things

12. @rahmimimiHave a face like a thunder. Meaning: a very angry expression of someone

13. @rahmimimi : Saving my money for rainy days. Meaning: aku menabung untuk kebutuhanku yang tak terduga di hari mendatang


Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 23, 2012





#EngQuiz: Idioms in English Daily Conversation

Have you ever confused when you watched conversations in a movie? English daily conversation, just like our conversation, sometimes uses many idioms that not many of us understand. So let’s try to guess the meaning of some idioms that are frequently used in English daily conversation!

Question 1

A: I’m so happy! I finally got a promotion!

B: Wow, that’s good for you! Congratulations!!

A: Yeah, yesterday I went bananas! I ended up running around the office and kissing my boss and my co-workers!

The question is: what doesI went bananasmean?

Question 2

A: Hey, how was the meeting last night?

B: Bad. Especially the way my colleague behaved during the meeting.

A: Why?

B: He ignored our previous decision and created a new decision by himself. From now on I will not give him the time of the day.

The question is: what doesnot give him the time of the daymean?

Question 3

A: Oh my God, now my skirt won’t fit!! I eat too much I guess?

B: I’ve told you before right?

A: I guess I need to go on a diet. This week for sure!

B: You’ve been saying that for months but you never actually do it.

A: This time I will, I promise.

B: That’s what you always say. You need to put your money where your mouth is.

The question is: what doesyou need to put your money where your mouth ismean?

Question 4

A: Hey, are you going to Italy tomorrow?

B: Yeah, I’m going to pack everything tonight.

A: How long will you be there?

B: Two weeks, I guess. It depends on the result of the meeting. Wish me luck!

A: Yeah, the meeting is very important. Please let me know everything.

B: Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!

The question is: what doesI’ll keep you postedmean?

Question 5

A: Hey, what’s up? You look very confused.

B:  The TV is broken and I don’t know how to fix it.

A: Well, I’m not a technician but if you want, I could have a look to see if I can fix it for you.

B: Really?

A: I’d be flying by the seat of my pants, but it’s worth a try.

B: Thanks, man.

The question is: what doesflying by the seat of my pantsmean?


  1. I went bananas” means to behave in a very over-enthusiastic way, an explosion of happiness (menggila, dalam makna positif).
  2. Not give him the time of the day” means to not greet someone or say hello; refuse to give attention (.)
  3. Put your money where your mouth is” means supporting your words with actions (jangan hanya ngomong saja).
  4. I’ll keep you posted” means to keep someone informed (terus memberi kabar).
  5. Flying by the seat of my pants” means do something difficult without really knowing how (mencoba hal sulit tanpa tahu pasti gmn caranya).

Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 27, 2012.



#IOTW: Idioms related to food

  1. As busy as popcorn on a skillet. Meaning: very active.
    • Example:
      • ” The students were as busy as popcorn on a skillet when the teacher entered the classroom.”
  2. As nutty as a fruitcake. Meaning: silly, crazy.
    • Example:
      • “The man in the supermarket was as nutty as a fruitcake.”
  3. Bring home the bacon. Meaning: to earn your family`s living.
    • Example:
      • “Recently, I have been working hard to bring home the bacon.”
  4. Big cheese. Meaning: an important person, a leader.
    • Example:
      • “My uncle is a big cheese in his company, so you should be very nice to him.”
  5. Butter (someone) up or butter up (someone). Meaning: to flatter someone in order to get his or her favor or friendship.
    • Example:
      • “The man spends much time trying to butter up his boss so that he will not have to work so hard.”
  6. Couch potato. Meaning: someone who spends a lot of time on a couch watching television.
    • Example:
      • “My cousin is a couch potato and he never wants to leave his house.”
  7. Cut the mustard. Meaning: to succeed, to do adequately what needs to be done.
    • Example:
      • “My brother was not able to cut the mustard and he had to leave the army after only one year.”
  8. Life is a bowl of cherries. Meaning: only good things happen in life.
    • Example:
      • “Ever since my father retired from his job he believes that life is a bowl of cherries.
  9. Rotten apple. Meaning: a bad person.
    • Example:
      • “Sometimes there is one person who is a rotten apple in a group of people.”
  10. Top banana. the person who is the boss or the top person in a group or organization.
    • Example:
      • “The famous actor in the movie was the top banana in the story.”
  11. Icing on the cake. Meaning: something that makes a good situation or activity even better.
    • Example:
      • “I found a good job and the fact that I can work where I want is the icing on the cake.”
  12. Lay an egg. Meaning: to give a bad performance of something.
    • Example:
      • “The singer laid an egg during her concert last month.”
  13. Forbidden fruit. Meaning: something that one finds attractive partly because it is illegal or immoral or prohibited.
    • Example:
      • “Entering the old building was forbidden fruit for the kids.”
  14.  Hard nut to crack. Meaning: a difficult person or thing to deal with or get to know.
    • Example:
      • “My friend is a very serious person and is a hard nut to crack.”
  15. Pie in the sky. Meaning: an idea or plan that you think will never happen.
    • Example:
      • “My sister’s plans are usually pie in the sky and will never happen.”

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 29, 2012.



#IOTW: Idioms related to animals (6)

  1. Cat nap. Meaning: A short sleep taken during the day.
    • Example:
      • I had a cat nap during the afternoon.”
  2. Donkey’s years. Meaning: A very long time.
    • Example:
      • “I talked to my friend for a long time because I hadn’t seen her in donkey’s years.”
  3. Play cat and mouse with someone. Meaning: Tease or fool someone.
    • Example:
      • “He is playing a cat and mouse with his sister about her lost concert ticket.”
  4. Smell a rat. Meaning: Be suspicious, feel that something is wrong.
    • Example:
      • “I smell a rat. There’s something wrong with them. “
  5. Talk until the cows come home. Meaning: Talk for a long time.
    • Example:
      • “We can talk until the cows come home this weekend at the lake.”
  6. Turn tail. Meaning: Run away from trouble or danger.
    • Example:
      • “We decided to turn tail and leave the restaurant before there was a fight.”
  7. Live high on the hog. Meaning: Have the best of everything.
    • Example:
      • “He has been living high on the hog since he moved to NY.”
  8. Go ape. Meaning: Become highly excited or angry.
    • Example:
      • “He will go ape if he sees that you have not finished the work.”
  9. Eager beaver.Meaning: A person who is always eager to do something extra.
    • Example:
      • “She is a real eager beaver, she will do it very well.”
  10. Cat get one’s tongue. Meaning: Can’t speak because of shyness.
    • Example:
      • “The cat must have got her tongue when she met him for the first time.”

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 19, 2012.



#IOTW: Idioms with ‘Take’

  1. Take the bull by the hornsArti: melakukan sesuatu yang sulit dengan yakin dan berani.
  2. Take a weight off your mind. Arti: mencoba untuk berhenti mengkhawatirkan hal tertentu.
  3. Take to something like a duck to water. Arti: mengetahui bahwa seseorang memiliki bakat dibidang tertentu saat pertama kali melakukannya.
  4. Take the wind out of somebody’s sails. Arti: membuat seseorang menjadi tidak percaya diri atau ragu.
  5. Take somebody down a peg or two. Arti: memberitahu kepada seseorang bahwa dia tidak sepenting yang dia kira.
  6. Take somebody’s name in vain. Arti: mengkritik atau membicarakan seseorang, khususnya saat orang itu tidak ada.
  7. Take coals to Newcastle. Arti: memberikan sesuatu kepada seseorang yang telah memiliki barang tersebut.
  8. Not to take a blind bit of notice. Arti: tidak menaruh sedikitpun perhatian.
  9. Take no prisoner. Arti: disaat seseorang berusaha meraih sesuatu dan tidak peduli dengan perasaan orang lain.
  10. Take centre stage. Arti: menjadi pusat perhatian.


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @englishtips4u on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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#EngVocab: Say it with colour!

  1. Black and blue. Meaning: bruised and beaten.
    • Example:
      • “We found the poor guy black and blue on the street.”
  2. Black out. Meaning: faint.
    • Example:
      • “Lina blacks out every time we do the flag ceremony.”
  3. Black sheep. Meaning:  the odd or outcast, especially of a family.
    • Example:
      • “My youngest sister was the black  sheep in our family. She dropped out of school when she was twelve years old.”
  4. (Catch somebody/be caught) red-handed. Meaning: caught in the act of doing something illegal or wrong.
    • Example:
      • “Sophie was caught red handed stealing chocolate bars at the supermarket.”
  5. Red-letter day. Meaning: something special happens to you.
    • Example:
      • “It was a red-letter day for me when I received my master’s degree.”
  6. See red. Meaning: be very angry.
    • Example:
      • “The teacher saw red when she caught her students cheating on the examination.”
  7. Green light. Meaning: give permission to do something.
    • Example:
      • “The project got the green light, so we can start tomorrow.”
  8. Green with envy. Meaning: very jealous.
    • Example:
      • “Rika is green with envy over Jessica’s new shoes.”
  9. Green fingers (British) or green thumb (American). Meaning: be a good gardener.
    • Example:
      • “You can see from her flowers in the garden that Julia has a green thumb.”
  10. Once in the blue moon. Meaning: very rarely.
    • Example:
      • “We can go to Bali for free just once in a blue moon.”
  11. Feeling blue. Meaning: unhappy, sad, depressed.
    • Example:
      • “Are you feeling blue because of the problem in your family?”
  12. Out of the blue. Meaning: suddenly, unexpectedly.
    • Example:
      • “Her decision to get married came out of the blue.”
  13. As white as a sheet. Meaning: very pale because of shocked, fear, illness.
    • Example:
      • “Bella was as white as a sheet because of the illness she had suffered for months.”
  14. White elephant. Meaning: a useless, an unwanted possession that often costs money to maintain.
    • Example:
      • “Your car is a white elephant as it often breaks down and causes you too much expenditure.”
  15. White flag. Meaning: surrender, give up.
    • Example:
      • “The pirates raised a white flag after the warning from the navy.”
  16. Yellow streak. Meaning: coward, craven.
    • Example:
      • “My brother is a yellow streak that he can’t defend himself when he’s beaten up by the seniors.”
  17. In the pink. Meaning: in very good health.
    • Example:
      • “I’ve been in the pink since I started going to the gym.”
  18. Brown off. Meaning: fed up, sick and tired of.
    • Example:
      • “I’m just thoroughly browned off with his attitude.”
  19. Grey cells. Meaning: brain.
    • Example:
      • “Use your grey cell to do the examination.”
  20. Born in the purple. Meaning: someone who is born in a royal family.
    • Example:
      • “William was born in the purple.”
  21. Silver lining. Meaning: good message behind thing (hikmah).
    • Example:
  22. Whitewash. Meaning: to cover up crimes.
    • Example:
      • “She whitewashed her brother by telling wrong info to the police.” – @malasyahbani


Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 14, 2012


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#IOTW: Idioms with “come”

  1. Come a long way. Meaning: banyak mencapai kemajuan.
    • Example:
      • “The company has come a long way from scratch.” (Perusahaan telah banyak mencapai kemajuan.)
  2. Come alive. Meaning: tertarik perhatian(nya).
    • Example:
      • “Every time we talk about money, he comes alive.” (Tiap kita membicarakan uang, dia tertarik.)
  3. Come between. Meaning: memisahkan.
    • Example:
      • “Nothing will come between us.” (Tidak ada yang akan memisahkan kita.)
  4. Come down to earth. Meaning: bersikap realistis.
    • Example:
      • “I think you need to come down to earth.” (Menurutku kamu perlu bersikap realistis.)
  5. Come in handy. Meaning: berguna.
    • Example:
      • “Online dictionaries really come in handy these days.” (Akhir-akhir ini kamus online sangat berguna.)
  6. Come in view. Meaning: tampak/terlihat.
    • Example:
      • “Finally, the red moon has come in view!” (Akhirnya, bulan merahnya kelihatan!)
  7. Come off it. Meaning: jangan berkata yang bukan-bukan.
    • Example:
      • “Come off it! The story is not true.” (Jangan berkata yang bukan-bukan. Cerita itu bohong.)
  8. Come off one’s high horse. Meaning: mengalah.
    • Example:
      • Come off your high horse and give her a hug.” (Mengalah dan peluklah dia.)
  9. Come out. Meaning: tampil.
    • Example:
      • “The band will come out in the next performance.” (Band itu akan tampil di penampilan berikutnya.)
  10. Come out in the wash. Meaning: ketahuan.
    • Example:
      • “No worries, the truth about him will come out in the wash. (Jangan kuatir, kebenaran tentang dia akan ketahuan.)
  11. Come to. Meaning: bicara tentang.
    • Example:
      • “When it comes to football, he’s the best.” (Bicara soal sepak bola, dia yang terbaik.)
  12. Come to light. Meaning: baru diketahui.
    • Example:
      • “The problem has finally come to light.” (Akhirnya masalahnya diketahui.)
  13. Come to nothing. Meaning: berakhir dengan kegagalan/sia-sia.
    • Example:
      • “All my effort has come to nothing.” (Semua usahaku sia-sia.)
  14. Come to one’s senses. Meaning: sadar/berpikir secara rasional.
    • Example:
      • “When will you come to your senses?” (Kapan kamu akan sadar?)
  15. Come to terms. Meaning: mencapai kesepakatan.
    • Example:
      • “My boss and I have come to terms.” (Bosku dan aku telah mencapai kesepakatan.)
  16. Come to the point. Meaning: langsung pada persoalan.
    • Example:
      • Come to the point, please.” (Harap langsung pada pokok persoalan.)
  17. Come to think of it. Meaning: aku jadi teringat.
    • Example:
      • Come to think of it, I ate too much last night.” (Aku jadi teringat, aku makan terlalu banyak tadi malam.)
  18. Come true. Meaning: terwujud.
    • Example:
      • “I’m happy, my dreams are finally coming true.” (Aku bahagia, mimpi-mimpiku akhirnya akan jadi kenyataan.)
  19. Come what may. Meaning: apa pun yang terjadi.
    • Example:
      • Come what may, I’ll apply for that job.” (Apa pun yang terjadi, aku akan melamar pekerjaan itu.)
  20. “Come right. Meaning: berakhir dengan baik.
    1. Example: “Don’t worry—I’m sure it’ll come right.” – @malasyahbani

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, July 9, 2012.


#IOTW: Idioms of the Week (11)

  1. Take the bull by the horns. Meaning: melakukan  sesuatu yang sulit dengan yakin dan berani.
  2. Take the weight off your mind. Meaning: mencoba untuk berhenti mengkhawatirkan hal tertentu.
  3. Take to something like a duck. Meaning: mengatahui bahwa kamu memiliki bakat dibidang tertentu saat pertama kali melakukannya.
  4. Take the wind out of somebody’s sails. Meaning: membuat seseorang menjadi tidak percaya diri atau ragu-ragu.
  5. Take somebody down a peg or two. Meaning: memberitahu kepada seseorang bahwa dia tidak sepenting yang dia kira.
  6. Take somebody’s name in vain. Meaning: mengkritik atau membicarakan seseorang, khususnya saat orang itu tidak ada.
  7. Take coals to Newcastle. Meaning: memberikan sesuatu kepada seseorang yang telah memiliki barang tersebut.
  8. Not to take a blind bit of notice. Meaning: tidak menaruh sedikitpun perhatian.
  9. Take no prisoner. Meaning: disaat seseorang berusaha meraih sesuatu dan tidak peduli dengan perasaan orang lain.
  10. Take centre stage. Meaning: menjadi pusat perhatian.

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @Englishtips4u on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.