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#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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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

Example:

  • 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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#EngGame: Your 2nd April 2013 Songs Explained :D

From some of the songs fellas picked as their song of this Tuesday, I’m going to make an #EngGame out of it :) Are you ready?

Simak RULES nya ya, nyeleweng dikit ga admin RT lho ;) The #EngGame goes like this:

1. Admin will mention a song and it’s artist

2. Fellas have to EXPLAIN 1 or 2 TWEET(S) in ENGLISH what the song is about :)

Simple, eh? Ready for it? Interesting explanations get an RT :D Oh, and no RUDE words please in the answers, thank you

Q1. Hall of Fame – The Script feat Will.i.am

Q2. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz.

Q3. Five for Fighting – Superman.

Q4. Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song

Q5. Michael Buble – Home.

Q6. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys.

And admin’s song of this Tuesday is:

Q7. English Man in New York – Sting

So go on fellas what do you think the song is about? Don’t say you just listen to them and not knowing what’s it about hehe

Well your answers are interesting indeed :) Stay tuned for it!

 

A1.‏

@fhammsky: about a deaf girl and bullied boy who want to be the winner and champion, they successfully overcome their obstacles

@aprilia_anggita: tell us that if we’re trying hard on something for something, we can make it and go on the top of everything.

@EkaLstr: you can be everything if you want too. the world is on your hand when you want it.

@NadaLusarda: Tell us to be a great achiever, we have to do our best untill we reach what we want & be the champion ;)

@rymndgobz:  this song tell us about how to being a ”great man”. don’t ever give up, you will never know if you never try..

@jessicapatricee: Don’t ever give up to reach what we want to reach. Just believe that God has already arranged the best things for us ☺

@niarohmania19: just make your dream come true, no matter what people say

@marsyaakhairina: means we can be anything we wanted to be,we can be the be&make people around us proud to have us-

 

A2.

@dpmaritha: I won’t give up tells us about a guy who fight for his marriage :)) he won’t let it go.

@fiannie: this song about not giving up on loving someone, loving oneself, and not giving up on one’s dreams.

@nirmalaDARA: It’s about the strength of heart and mind to maintain something that suppose to be maintained.

@Kr3stHoeSs: This song is about there are 2 persons who have commitment for keep trying and believing in love

@hyas_tina: This song tells about someone who struggles for love. He n his gf hve mny diffrncs but they can learn from those.

@krisna_ajah: Dont ever try to stop or give up no matter how hard your problem is

@nananaaa15: Very inspiring song. Make me believe that we can reach what we want if we keep trying and do our best.

 

A3.

@agronssky: this song tells us that everybody has their own weaknesses, like kryptonite to Superman.

@demas_sasongko: it’s about a man who like to be treated as an ordinary person. The point is,he just doesn’t want people too overrate him. he’s not as strong as people think he is.

A4.

@Liagram: it’s about a man, who really tired in his life and have a plan to take a rest for a day :D

@widyayudewanti: is about a day when you just too lazy to even move your body to do daily activities. So you just chillin all day

 

A5.

@yyyyudi: HOMESICK! miss your parent, miss your old bedroom and miss mom’s cooking : ))

@juanjocarmel: A man was expressing the sentiment we’ve all felt of wanting to be home after being gone for a long period of time ☺

@ndahMarcellina: Missing someone a lot. No matter how far and how great the places you’re go, u always miss ur “home”

 

A6.

@mariamagdal: This Girl is on Fire tells that being ‘on fire’ means that this girl ready to face something’s new and unusual. She is strong enough to claim her power & brave to choose her own passion. She is different, extraordinary. :D

@salsabillaksmi: it’s about a brave girl,she’s doing everything at once. just bc she’s a girl doesn’t mean she can’t do anything :D

 

A7.

@ParamithaEP: It’s about an Englishman who had just moved to NY. He encountered cultural differences there

@aditiyareza: I think it’s about the purpose in life, I always remember when Sting said “be yourself no matter what they say”

@fabfebby: No need to be ashamed for who you are, even if you’re different from others among you. Be proud of what you have. :)

 

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on April 2, 2013