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#IOTW: Idioms to Express Sadness

We are saddened over the massive flood that happened in West and East Nusa Tenggara. Our condolences to all the victims. May the disaster be contained soon.

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Some idioms to express sadness and grief:
1. Down in the mouth
This is to describe the shape of someone’s lips that is downward because of feeling upset or sad.

“He’s been down in the mouth since he received his test results.”

2. Be reduced to tears
This idiom is used to describe someone overwhelmed by grief or sadness that they begin to cry.

“Jane was reduced to tears when she spoke to her ill father.”

3. Cry one’s heart/eyes out
Describing someone who cries for a long time.

“Lisa patiently listened to Santi as the later cried her heart out.”

4. One’s heart sinks
This idiom is used to express the sudden feeling of unease or unhappiness.

“My heart sunk as soon as I heard the news.”

5. A heavy heart
‘A heavy heart’ describes someone’s heart being heavy due to the weight of sadness.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation from the company.”

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 5 April 2021.

#IOTW: Idioms about Friendship
#IOTW: Idioms about Personality
#IOTW: Idioms about Skills
#IOTW: Idioms Related to Books and Reading
#IOTW: Idioms That Mention Rome

#IOTW: Idioms with the word ‘hit’

Hello fellas, how are you today? First of all, I want to wish you a happy Eid al-Fitr for you who celebrate it.

In today’s session we will be going to discuss some idioms formed with the word hit. Fellas, can you mention what is the meaning of ‘hit?’

The verb ‘to hit’ means ‘memukul’ in Indonesian language. When put in an idiom, ‘hit’ can change meanings. So fellas, here are idioms with ‘hit’:

1. Hit me
It means ‘say it now’ or ‘tell me’ or ‘give it to me right now.’ It could also mean that something is ‘clear to me’ or ‘I understand.’
E.g.: “And then it hit me. The weather feels so much warmer because of the humidity.”

2. Hit my funny bone
It means ‘something causes me to laugh.’
E.g.: “The word ‘pollywog’ always hits my funny bone.”

3. Hit the nail on the head
It means to ‘say the right word’ or ‘suggest a good idea.’
E.g.: “Your comment hit the nail on the head. You spoke the truth.”

4. Hit speeds of
It means to ‘travel at speeds of.’
E.g.: “The stolen car was hitting speeds of 120 kilometres per hour in the city.”

5. Hit the books
It means to ‘begin studying.’
E.g.: “Exams begin next week. It’s time to hit the books.”

6. Hit the rock bottom
It means to face a very unfortunate situation and and to feel very depressed about it.
E.g.: “After his farm was seized, he hit rock bottom and lost all hope.”

Fellas, now try to answer what exactly is the meaning of the idiom ‘hit and run?’

Thank you for your joining me today, fellas. You can use idioms with the word ‘hit’ to improve your English conversation skill. See you tomorrow.

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

#IOTW: Idioms with ‘books’

“How could I be such an open book to him when, half the time, I had no idea what was milling around in his head?” -Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Hi, fellas! Do you know what it means to be an open book? Open book is surely one of those idioms with word ‘book.’ It means sb or sth that is easily understood.

Just so you know, we have covered many idioms: from parts of the body, name of places, Ancient Times, and many more.

Today, we’re going to share idioms with word ‘book.’ Here are 7 idioms with word ‘book.’

  • hit the books (mainly US and Australian informal): to study
    Ann isn’t coming. She’s got to hit the books.
  • throw the book at somebody: to severely punish someone 

    My lecturer said that she would throw the book at me if I kept procrastinating over my assignments.

  • crack a book: to open up one’s books, especially in order to study 


    You had better crack the books if you want to pass the exams.

  • read sb. like a book: understand someone’s thoughts and motives easily 

    You don’t like this gift, right? I can read you like a book.

  • blot one’s copybook: to damage one’s own reputation through bad behavior 

    She really blotted her copybook by coming late to the meeting.


    turn-up for the book(s): a surprising or unexpected event 

    So among all candidates, I am the one getting the job. That’s a turn-up for the books.

  • sing from the same hymnbook: to make the same or similar statements, especially to express the same opinions in public asa result of a prior agreement. 

    Before we release any statements, make sure that everyone from the campaign sings from the same hymnbook.  #IOTW


Compiled and written by @nkusumawicitra for @Englishtips4u on Friday, April 7, 2017





#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs

#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs (2)

#IOTW: Idioms on human body

#IOTW: 5 Idioms from Ancient Times

#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs (2)

Idioms are important and very useful to give variation in conversation. They help you sound like native speakers and are useful to enrich your vocabulary.

So, what is an idiom? Idiom or idiomatic expression is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from their literal meanings. So, it won’t make sense if you change the words because they are fixed expressions. For example if you say ‘the math test was a piece of macaroon’ instead of ‘the math test was a piece of cake,’ you’ll just confuse the hearer.

In this instance, we are going to talk about idioms found in Taylor Swift’s songs. We have previously shared some here: #IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs.

Here are some more idioms from Taylor Swift’s songs:

1. In your wildest dream. If you say something will happen ‘in your wildest dreams’, it means: it isn’t likely to happen or you think it is impossible to happen.

“Staring at the sunset, babe. Red lips and rosy cheeks. Say you’ll see me again. Even if it’s just in your wildest dream.”

– Wildest Dreams


  • I want Taylor Swift to come to my graduation day and sing for me, but I think it probably won’t happen, even in my wildest dreams.

2. Last straw. Meaning: the final thing; the thing or action that is too much and goes too far

“You don’t have to call anymore, I won’t pick up the phone, This is the last straw, Don’t wanna hurt anymore.”

– You’re Not Sorry


  • My boyfriend told me he would be late for dinner, but the last straw was seeing with a girl. I told him our relationship was over.

3. Sweep (someone) off (someone’s) feet. This expression describes a feeling when you fall in love instantly with someone.

“I’m not a princess, This ain’t a fairy tale, I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet, Lead her up the stairwell”

– White Horse


  • She hopes a gorgeous man will sweep her off her feet on Valentine’s Day.

4. To know something like the back of your hand. This expression is used when talking about things/places/persons you know really well.

“And we know it’s never simple. Never easy. Never a clean break. No one here to save me. You’re the only thing I know like the back of my hand”

– Breathe


  • Don knows Sherlock Holmes TV series like the back of his hand. He has watched them many times.

5.Touch and go. It means precarious or uncertain; with a risk of not succeeding.

“I’m walking past through the traffic lights. Busy streets and busy lives. And all we know. Is touch and go.”

– State Of Grace


  • It’s touch and go if I will ever go out.It’s still raining cats and dogs.

6. To take someone/ something for granted. It means to expect someone or something will be always available to serve you without thanks or recognition.

“You’re the kind of man who makes me sad, While she waits up,You chase down the newest thing, And take for granted what you have”

– Girl At Home


  • He left you because you took him for granted all this time.

7. To wear your heart on your sleeve. It means that you show your feelings obviously.

“Got the radio on, my old blue jeans. And I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve. Feeling lucky today, got the sunshine. Could you tell me what more do I need.”

– A Place In This World


  • I wear my heart on my sleeve. I can’t hide my feelings when I’m feeling down.

8. An open book. If someone is an open book, s/he is fairly predictable. You know what s/he is thinking or feeling.

“But here I am an open book. Turn the page it’s all the rage. Get a look on the inside. Oh what you get is what you see.”

– The Diary Of Me


  • Harry is an open book. You’ll know right away if he’s sad.

9. Safe and sound. If you are safe and sound, it means you are unharmed and healthy.

“You’ll be alright. No one can hurt you now. Come morning light. You and I’ll be safe and sound.”

– Safe And Sound


  • It was a rough trip, but we arrived safe and sound.

There are more idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs. Leave us a comment below if you find more idioms in her songs.


Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, January 27, 2017

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#IOTW: Idioms to express tiredness

Here are some idioms to express tiredness. Shall I start now or just get some sleep a little more? LOL, just kidding. Check these out, fellas!

1. Dead tired. Meaning: Totally exhausted or fatigued.


  • I was dead tired after running my first 5000 marathon.

2. Dead on one’s feet. Meaning: to be extremely tired.


  • My sister was doing her room all day and was dead on her feet.

3. Dog-tired. Meaning: to be extremely tired.


  • He usually got home around midnight, dog-tired after a long day at work.

4. Ready to drop. Meaning: to be so tired and nearly too exhausted to stay standing.


  • I’ve been shopping all day with Mom. I’m ready to drop!

5. Out like a light. Meaning: to be so tired that you fall asleep very quickly.


  • As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light.

@fikaa328: In Korean language, you can say gae phigon, which means dog-tired too.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, November 12, 2016


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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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

    • “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.

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

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

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

    • “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



#IOTW: Christmas idioms

1. Be no angel. Meaning: to behave badly occasionally.


  • She‘s no angel but it’s expected of her if you treat her that way.

2. Christmas comes but once a year. Meaning: Since Christmas only happens once a year, we should treat it as a special time by being good to others or by indulging our children or ourselves.


  • Christmas comes but once a year, let’s get something for every one.

3. Cold turkey. Meaning: to withdraw from (an addictive substance or a habit)abruptly and completely.


  • People usually try to quit smoking by going cold turkey.

4. Deck the halls. Meaning: to indulge in copious amount of alcoholic drinks as a way of dealing with stress.


  • I’m so tired, I just want to deck the halls for the rest of the day.

5. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. Meaning: Get over it! Don’t get stressed out.


  • Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. He’s only here for the party.

6. Trim the tree. Meaning: to decorate a (Christmas) tree.


  • Now that I’ve made my choice, let’s trim the tree and get ready for Christmas.

7. To cancel someone’s Christmas. Meaning: To kill someone; to destroy someone.


  • If he keeps bugging me, I’m gonna cancel his Christmas.

8. Christmas came early (this year). Meaning: When you receive some unexpected good news or good fortune.


  • Congratulations! I heard you’re promoted. Sounds like Christmas came early this year.

9. Like turkeys voting for Christmas. Meaning: to accept a situation which will have very bad results for them.


  • When she signed up to organize the reunion, she was like a turkey voting for Christmas.

10. Christmas tree. Meaning: A drunkard, a person who is frequently or habitually drunk.


  • A well-dressed Christmas tree sat in the corner – lit up, of course.


Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, December 28, 2016


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#IOTW: Christmas idioms

1) ‘Tis the season to be jolly.
The phrase is taken from a Christmas carol.It serves as a reminder to put on a happy face over the festive period.

2) Christmas comes but once a year.
The phrase is usually used as an excuse for overindulgence, whether on food or on gifts.

3) Deck the halls.
an old tradition of decorating the hall with branches from a holly tree. (also a name of a Christmas Carol).

4) Trim the tree.
an old expression means to decorate a pine tree with ornaments, lights, and other glittery bits.

5) Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.
an expression means not to get stressed out trying to make Christmas perfect.

6) Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
an expression means to be grateful of a present even if it isn’t exactly what you wanted.



Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, December 25, 2016


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#IOTW: Idioms related to shape

1. To go back to square one. Meaning: to start over because of setbacks.


  • “June’s business is failing. I think she needs to go back to square one.”

2. To be fair and square. Meaning: to treat everyone impartially.


  • “As an elected mayor, I want you to be fair and square to everyone.”

3. To attempt to square the circle. Meaning: to try to do the impossible.


  • “I will attempt to square the circle; I want to find the Fountain of Youth!”

4. To round on someone. Meaning: to react angrily on someone.


  • “She rounded on the bullies and slapped them.”

5. A vicious circle/cycle. Meaning: the solution of the problem starts another problem.


  • “Avenging people is a vicious circle, Master Bruce. It is not justice.”

6. Circling the drain. Meaning: dying but continues to cling to life.


  • “My grandma has been circling the drain for a couple of weeks. I think she’s waiting for my brother to come home.”

7. Spiral out of control. Meaning: A situation that gets worse all the time.


  • “The number of crime is spiraling out of control lately. We need to do something about it.”

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 7 October 2016



#IOTW: Idioms from the middle ages

1. Apple of someone’s eye. Meaning: a figure for a much loved person or thing.

This phrase reminds me of a 2011 Taiwanese film. It’s a very relate-able movie. Please bear with me, because the explanation on how this idiom was coined is a little bit intricate.

So in the Middle Ages, our pupils (the thing in our eyes, not students) are thought to be apple-shaped. Since it’s essential for our sight, it has to be cherished, loved, and protected.

And then, et voila! You are the apple of my eye means you are my much loved person. Congratulations!

2. To play devil’s advocate. Meaning: to pretend to be against an idea or plan which a lot of people support in order to make people discuss it in more detail.

Devil’s advocate is someone or a group of people who takes a position against the current conformed argument. Devil’s advocate’s job is to propose or bring up all evidences or opinions against current ideas to see the weak points of said ideas.

It was translated directly from Latin ‘advocatus diaboli’.

3. To sink or swim. Meaning: to succeed or fail by own efforts.

This phrase refers to a water ordeal, a medieval practice of judging whether a person is guilty or innocent.

The belief was based on the water wouldn’t accept a guilty person. So if the person is sinking, then he is innocent. Of course the meaning of this phrase has been adjusted since the water ordeal isn’t practiced anymore.

4. To throw down the gauntlet. Meaning: to challenge someone to an argument or figurative combat.

A gauntlet is a knight’s piece of armor that protects his forearm and hand. It was common in the medieval times to challenge someone by throwing down a gauntlet, hence the idiom.


Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 22, 2016


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#IOTW: Idioms related to weather (3)

1. Chase rainbows. Meaning: Someone who tries to do something that they will never achieve.


  • My friends told me to quit chasing rainbows when I started my new business.

2. In a fog. Meaning: confused, dazed or not aware.


  • She was in a fog for several days after the accident.

3. Shoot the breeze. Meaning: to have a relaxed conversation without any purpose.


  • It’s always a pleasure to shoot the breeze with Amy. We’re connected in many ways.

4. Face like thunder. Meaning: very angry or upset about something.


  • I don’t know what was happening, I just saw Mr. Will was leaving the room with his face like thunder.

5. Fair-weather friend. Meaning: someone who is only your friend during good times but disappears when things become difficult.


  • I wish I knew that she was a fair-weather friend. She left me as soon as I lost my job.

6. Storm in a teacup. Meaning: someone who makes a small problem larger than it really is.


  • My sisters are always arguing about something, it’s just a storm in a teacup.

7. Snowed under. Meaning: having to much to do that you are having trouble doing it all.


  • I’d love to help you, but I’m completely snowed under at the moment.

8. Take a rain check. Meaning: to politely refuse an offer, with the implication that one may accept it at a later date.

Example:Thank you for your dinner invitation. Mind if I take a rain check to that?


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, June 18, 2016





#IOTW: Idioms for new beginnings (2)

In this session, we’ll give you some idioms for new beginnings!

  1. at a crossroads | meaning: at the point where a decision must be made.
    • Example: We are at a crossroads where we must choose to stay or leave this job.
  2. a breath of fresh air | meaning: a refreshing or invigorating change.
    • Example: The new manager is like a breath of fresh air for this company. She keeps making progressive changes.
  3. new blood | meaning: new personnel; new members brought into a group to revive it.
    • Example: The board needs some new blood this year..
  4. to break new ground | meaning: to begin to do something that no one else has done.
    • Example: The Australian doctors are breaking new ground in prostate cancer treatment.
  5. to shake something up | meaning: to cause big changes in a situation or organization.
    • Example: Every new boss likes to shake things up a bit when they take over.

Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 6 January, 2016.

#IOTW: Music Idioms

1. Blow your own trumpet. Meaning: Someone who boasts his own talents and achievements.


  • Lea keeps blowing her own trumpet. Everybody’s sick of it.

2. For a song. Meaning: When something is sold at an unexpectedly low price.


  • Did you visit Big Bad Wolf Books Indonesia? They sold all the books for a song.

3. Tickle the ivory. Meaning: Humorous way of talking about playing the piano.


  • Emily would love to tickle the ivory if she had more free time.

4. Face the music. Meaning: Someone who has to accept the negative consequences of his action.


  • She’s caught cheating on exam. She can’t do anything but to face the music.

5. Music to my ears. Meaning: When you hear exactly what you wanted to hear.


  • She said that I got good score in last exam. It was like music to my ears!

6. Swan song. Meaning: To describe a final act before dying or ending something.


  • Tomorrow exam is my swan song. I can’t wait to end this semester!

7. Change your tune. Meaning: When someone changes their opinion about something.


  • You used to hate her so much. You’ve definitely changed your tune now!

8. Fine tuning. Meaning: Small changes made to improve something.


  • We spend some time fine-tuning the music arrangement, but it was totally worth it.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, May 21, 2016





#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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#IOTW: Idioms related to time (2)

  1. Eleventh hour. Meaning: when something happens at the very last minute.
    • Example:
      • I finished my test at the eleventh hour. It was so close that the lecture is about to leave.
  2. Donkey’s years. Meaning: to define something that happens over a very long period of time.
    • Example:
      • Hey, where have you been? I haven’t seen you for donkey’s years.
  3. Against the clock. Meaning: being rushed and have very little time to do it.
    • Example:
      • I worked day and night against the clock to get this presentation finished on time.
  4. Around the clock. Meaning: it is open 24 hours a day.
    • Example:
      • The coffee shop around the corner is the best. They will serve you around the clock.
  5. Once in a blue moon. Meaning: something happens very rarely.
    • Example:
      • I only go to see movies once in a blue moon.
  6. Beat the clock. Meaning: succeed in something before time is up.
    • Example:
      • Luckily I can beat the clock and arrive a few minutes before the examination started.
  7. Behind the times. Meaning: old fashioned or antiquated, as in manner, beliefs, style, etc.
    • Example:
      • What’s with your dress tonight? It’s kind of behind the times.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Sunday, November 15, 2015


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#EngGame: Guess the idiom!

Good evening, Fellas! How has your Saturday been? I hope you had an awesome one! Today we’ll have an  #EngGame called “Guess The Idiom.” So, I will share a picture of an idiom and the clue, then you have to guess what idiom is it. Today’s idiom theme is falling in love! In this post, I’d simply share the summary of the game. Enjoy! ;)

1.have the hots for you

Clue: to be strongly attached to someone.


Clue: temporary infatuation between young people.


  • “At the time I was sure I would marry him when I grew up, but of course, it was just puppy love.

lovey dovey

Clue: making an excessive display of affection.


  • “It sickens me to see the couple acting lovey-dovey all the time.”


double dates

Clue: a date which involves two couples.


  • “He asked me to go on a double date with his brother.”


Clue: to be very much in love with someone.


  • “It’s obvious that Robin and Barney head over heels in love with each other.”



Clue: a relationship that’s likely to be happy and successful.


  • “Lily and Marshall are really well suited. They are a match made in heaven.”

I think it is a wrap for today’s . Anyway, thank you for joining me in this session. I hope it has been useful for you guys! ;)


  1. Have the hots.
  2. Puppy love.
  3. Lovey-dovey.
  4. Double date.
  5. Head over heels.
  6. Match made in heaven.

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR for @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, September 26, 2015.



#IOTW: Idioms with word “jump”

Hey, fellas! How was your Saturday? I spent mine trying to finish my never-ending assignments. I hope you guys had a better one. Anyway, today I would like to share some idioms with word “jump”. Are you interested? Stay tuned, fellas!

  1. Jump for joy. Meaning: to be very happy about something good that has happened.
    • Example:
      • “I jumped for joy when his name popped up on my phone.”
  1. Jump off the page. Meaning: something that stands out; extraordinarily intelligent or talented.
    • Example:
      • “She got A+ on her final test. She really did jump off the page!”
  1. Jump of the gun. Meaning: something that occurs too early before preparations are ready; to start something too soon.
    • Example:
      • “The whole class had to repeat the race because someone jumped the gun.”
  1. Jump ship. Meaning: to leave any post or position; to quit or resign, especially when there is difficulty with the job.
    • Example:
      • “I decided to jump ship of the job after being offered a better one.”
  1. Jump through hoops. Meaning: to go through lots of effort to make something happen.
    • Example:
      • “I’m willing to jump through hoops just to see you smile.”

Well, it’s a wrap for tonight. How was it, fellas? I hope it has been useful for you. Happy weekend, fellas! :)

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, September 19, 2015.



#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs

Bad Blood Pic

Did you watch MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards? If you did, you must have known the singer that won the most awards! Yup, it was Taylor Swift! She won 4 awards: Best Collaboration, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and the most prestigious award, Video of The Year!

Taylor Swift used plenty of idioms in her songs. Does anyone know any of them?

1. Bad Blood. Meaning: anger or hostility between persons or groups.

First, taken from her hit, “Bad Blood”.

“Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love.”


  • There’s been bad blood between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry for years.

2. Call it off. Meaning: to cancel or postpone an event.

The next one is taken from her famous song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.

“Ooh, we called it off again last night. But ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you.”


  • The organizer called the concert off last night because it was raining heavily.

3. Out of style. Meaning: unfashionable.

Taken from her song, “Style”.

“Cause we never go out of style. We never go out of style”.


  • Why are you still wearing boot-cut jeans? They’re out of style!

4. Go down in flames. Meaning: to fail or end suddenly and completely.

From “Blank Space”.

“So, it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”


  • Her marriage goes down in flames after the big fight between her and her husband.

5. Run the red. Meaning: to pass through an intersection while the traffic light is red without stopping.

Last one, from “All Too Well”.

“You almost ran the red ‘cause you were looking over me”.


  • Do you know that it’s wrong and dangerous to run the red? I know, but I’m really late.

Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 2 September, 2015