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#IOTW: Idioms on human body

Here are 10 idioms from head to toe.

  1. Head start. Meaning: to start something earlier than others.
    Example:

    • “I got a head start on the race because I was the youngest.”
  2. Head over heels. Meaning: to be deeply in love with someone.
    Example:

    • “Everybody knows that Ted is head over heels for Robin.”
  3. See eye to eye. Meaning: to completely agree or view something the same way with someone.
    Example:

    • “My best friend and I see eye to eye on a lot of things.”
  4. Let one’s hair down. Meaning: to relax and enjoy yourself.
    Example:

    • “I need to go to a silent place and let my hair down this weekend.”
  5. Neck of the woods. Meaning: a nearby location; a neighborhood.
    Example:

    • “Tom is the wealthiest man in my neck of the woods.”
  6. Learn by heart. Meaning: to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking; to memorize.
    Example:

    • “I have to learn The Civil Code by heart for my closed-book examination.”
  7. Old hand. Meaning: someone who is very experienced at something.
    Example:

    • “The maid is an old hand at cleaning the house.”
  8. Pat on the back. Meaning: to praise someone for something.
    Example:

    • “The teacher patted all the students on the back for their good work.”
  9. Pull one’s leg. Meaning: to tease someone.
    Example:

    • “Calm down, buddy. I was just pulling your leg.”
  10. Rule of thumb. Meaning: basic rule.
    Example:

    • “The rule of thumb is that the students wear black pants and white shirts.”

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 10, 2016

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#IOTW: Idioms with ‘heart’

  1. Pouring my heart out. Meaning: open up emotionally by telling someone your story and how you really feel without holding anything back.
    • Example:
      • “I guess I just had to talk to someone,” she said as she poured her heart out to me.
  2. To be young at heart. Meaning: act in a way that is thought of as a lot younger than your age.
    • Example:
      • All of my friends love to talk to my mom, they said that she’s very young at heart.
  3. Tug at your heart strings. Meaning: to cause strong feelings of affection or sympathy.
    • Example:
      • Adele’s song, Hello, tugged at the heartstrings of millions of people.
  4. Heart on sleeve. Meaning: to allow others to see your emotions or feelings.
    • Example:
      • You could see she was hurt, she wears her heart on her sleeve.
  5. Heart in one’s mouth. Meaning: to feel extremely anxious because of a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
    • Example:
      • Mary had her heart in her mouth because it was her first time doing a solo presentation.
  6. Have a heart of stone. Meaning: to be very unkind, to not care about people or things.
    • Example:
      • Melisa had a heart of stone, she never care of anyone else but herself.

 

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, January 16, 2016

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