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Idioms

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Idioms Idioms are sayings and expressions that have different meanings to its actual wording. What are idioms? For example: 'Piece of cake' can mean a slice of cake

But as an idiom, it means 'easy' (adj.): not well Under the weather I am feeling under the weather. I am feeling not well. (v.): to do more than what is expected Go the extra mile She always goes the extra mile. She always does more than what is expected. (n.): the feeling of nervousness Cold feet Many brides have cold feet on their wedding day. Many brides have the feeling of nervousness on their wedding day. (v.): to recover and become normal Pull (oneself) together She is so tired from running so she needs a minute to pull herself together. She is so tired from running so she needs a minute to recover and become normal. (adj.): to be expensive Cost an arm and a leg Louis Vutton costs an arm and a leg. Louis Vutton is expensive. (v.): calm down, wait, relax Hold your horses Hold your horses! Don't go yet! Wait! Don't go yet! (v.): to get married Tie the knot I want to tie the knot when I am 30 years old.

I want to get married when I am 30 years old. (Phrase/clause): To start from
the beginning, Start over Back to square one I died in starcraft so I have to go back to square one.

I died in starcraft so I have to start over. (v.): to regret the past, to keep
thinking about the past Cry over spilt milk The test is over. Don't cry over spilt milk.

The test is over. Don't keep thinking about it. (v.): make someone laugh Crack someone up James is so funny!
He always cracks me up!

James is so funny!
He always makes me laugh! (v.): make someone face the same consequence, make someone feel bad and guilty Bring someone down Don't bring her down with you bad habits!

Don't make her face the same consequence with your bad habits! (phrase/clause): to start over Start from scratch I have to start from scratch because I put too much salt in the noodles.

I have to start over because I put too much salt in the noodles. (n.) a person that takes all the blame Scapegoat Whenever I am in trouble, I make my little brother the scapegoat.

Whenever I am in trouble, I make my little brother the person that takes all the blame. (adj.) too much - negative connotation Over the top The punishment is over the top.

The punishment is too much. (v.): to make a situation or result worse Add fuel to the fire I know you are sad, but eating chocolate will only add fuel to the fire.

I know you are sad, but eating chocolate will only make the situation worse. (n.): naked Birthday suit Don't look! He is in his birthday suit!

Don't look! He is naked! (adj.): finally ( negative connotation) About time About time you get a new car! Your last car was a piece of junk!

Finally you get a new car! Your last car was a piece of junk! (v.): to give it your best To go all out Hazel went all out and planned a great party!

Hazel gave it her best and planned a great party! Phrase: a saying used when not wanting to reveal who told you the secret. A little bird told me John: Who told you that I have a girlfriend?

Ben: A little bird told me. (v.): to blame or accuse the wrong person To bark up the wrong tree It was not me! You are barking up the wrong tree!

It was not me! You are blaming the wrong person! (v.): to stop completely to go cold turkey Smoking is bad for you! You should go cold turkey and quit!

Smoking is bad for you! You should stop completely and quit! Phrase: wanting more than you can handle, wanting more than what is good for you Eyes are bigger than one's stomach At the buffet, her eyes were bigger than her stomach. Now she is too full and cannot walk!

At the buffet, she wanted to eat all the food because they looked so delicious. Now she is too full and cannot walk! (v.): accept the truth Face the music You need to face the music and understand that she does not like you.

You need to accept the truth that she does not like you. (v.): to stop it before it gets worse,
to stop it at the beginning Nip it at the bud (V.): falling asleep and waking up constantly; slowly falling asleep Nod Off Don't nod off in class!

Don't fall asleep in class! You need to nip it at the bud.

You need to stop it before it gets worse. (phrase): fighting At each other's throats Lisa and Amy are at each other's throats.

Lisa and Amy are fighting. (adj./v.): hypocrite/ to be a hypocrite Calling the kettle black Don't be calling the kettle black!

Don't be a hypocrite! (adj./v.): someone who makes the most money
to make the most money in the household To bring home the bacon My father is the one who brings home the bacon.

My father is the one who makes the most money. (adj.): very alike, inseparable Two peas in a pod John and Jake are two peas in a pod.

John and Jake are very alike. (n.): the one who makes the most money Bread winner My mother is the bread winner in the family.

My mother is the one who makes the most money in the family. (adj.): threatening only All bark and no bite He is not scary. He is all bark and no bite.

He is not scary. He is threatening only. (v.) to get angry Lose one's head He lost his head and yelled.

He got angry and yelled. (n./adj.): the feeling of nervousness Butterflies in my stomach (phrase): something that at first seems bad, but it was actually good. A blessing in disguise (adj.): easy A piece of cake Tomorrow is the speech competition! I have butterflies in my stomach!

Tomorrow is the speech competition! I am nervous! At first I was so sad about the car accident, but it was a blessing in disguise. The person who hit my car turned out to be the love of my life! Idioms are a piece of cake!

Idioms are easy! (phrase): revenge of the same type Taste of your own medicine You have been so mean! You deserve a taste of your own medicine! (phrase): coincidences in regards to people It's a small world Your sister was in my class! What a small world!

Your sister was in my class! What a coincidence! (v.): Going crazy Going nuts You are so annoying! I am going nuts!

You are so annoying! I am going crazy! (phrase): facing the same challenge and situation All in the same boat I have so much homework! But I know that we are all in the same boat.

I have so much homework! But I know that we are all facing the same situation. (n.): someone who tells you what to do constantly Backseat driver I know how to drive! Don't be a backseat driver!

I know how to drive! Don't be someone who tells me what to do constantly! (n.): a great and enjoyable time Field day I am eating samgyupsal today! It's going to be a field day!

I am eating samgyupsal today! It's going to be a great time! (v.): stop talking Bite your tongue You are so noisy! Bite your tongue!

You are so noisy! Stop talking! (v.): to tell a secret Spill the beans Don't spill the beans! No one can know!

Don't tell the secret! No one can know! (v.) to die Kick the bucket She is very sick. She will kick the bucket soon.

She is very sick. She will die soon. (v.): to think about it for a long time Sleep on it Namgook: Will you go on a date with me?

Kyeongmin: I don't know if I want to. I will sleep on it, and tell you tomorrow. (n.): short temper Short fuse He is always yelling at me. He has a short fuse!

He is always yelling at me. He has a short temper! (n.): work hours between 12am and 6am Graveyard Shift I worked the graveyard shift today. I am so tired!

I worked between 12am and 6am today. I am so tired! (v.) to stop something Pull the plug Smoking is a bad habit! You have to pull the plug and go cold turkey!

Smoking is a bad habit! You have to stop it and go cold turkey! (adj.): understanding, in agreement On the same page I think that IU is pretty. Are we on the same page?

I think that IU is pretty. Are we in agreement? (n.): hot day, lazy day Dog days There were so many dog days in Korea because of the heat!

There were so many hot and lazy days in Korea because of the heat! (adj.): in love Head over heels There are so many pretty girls here! I am head over heels for all of them!

There are so many pretty girls here! I am in love with all of them! (v.): Break a habit, to be different than normal Break out of the mold You're always too quiet! You should break out of your mold and go to a hongdae club!

You're always too quiet! You should break that habit and go to a hongdae club! (n./adj.): something that un-attracts you, something that causes a loss of interest Turn off Smoking is such a turn off for me. (n./adj.) something that attracts you and interests you Turn on Knowing how to cook is such
a turn on! (n.): someone who ruins the fun Wet blanket Don't be a wet blanket and just dance!

Don't ruin the fun and just dance! (v.): do everything Bend over backwards I'm head over heels for that girl and will bend over backwards for her.

I'm head over heels for that girl and will do everything for her. (v.): annoy someone Drive someone up the wall My mom drives me up the wall everyday!

My mom annoys me everyday! (v.): stop bothering someone Get off someone's back You're driving me up the wall! Get off my back!

You're driving me up the wall! Stop bothering me! (n.): common rule/ common sense Rule of thumb The rule of thumb for first dates is to go to a movie!

The common rule for first dates is to go to a movie! (v.): to risk oneself Stick out one's neck He is a very good friend. He always sticks out his neck for me when I am in trouble.

He is a very good friend. He always risks himself for me when I am in trouble. (V.): improvise, doing something without plan or intention Play it by ear I don't know what I am doing after class. I'm just going to play it by ear.

I don't know what I am doing after class. I'm just going to improvise. (adj.): not serious, playful Tongue in cheek His words are very tongue in cheek. He is the class clown.

His words are very playful and not serious. He is the class clown. (n.): someone who is unpredictable Loose cannon I'm not sure if she is going to be sad or angry today. I think she is bipolar and a loose cannon.

I'm not sure if she is going to be sad or angry today. I think she is bipolar and unpredictable. (v.): to tie the knot very soon Get hitched Next week I am going to get hitched.

Next week I am going to tie the knot. (n.): very well defined muscles on the abdomen Washboard abs Yumi's turn on is a guy with washboard abs. (v.) to ignore/ be mean to Give 'someone' the cold shoulder My girlfriend is angry at me so she is giving me the cold shoulder.

My girlfriend is angry at me so she is ignoring me. (adj.): piece of cake Child's play Learning idioms is child's play.

Learning idioms is a piece of cake. (phrase): a contradiction. A situation/ problem where the answer is another problem. Catch 22 If I major in Art, I would be happy, but my parents would be sad. If I major in medicine, my parents would be happy, but I would be sad. What a catch 22. T_T. (v.): to try to become friends/ to try to be social Break the ice This party is so quiet. We need to break the ice.

This party is so quiet. We need to try to be social. (phrase): not being able to help or do anything (reflexive pronoun)
hands are tied I want to help, but my hands are tied.

I want to help, but I can't do anything. (v.): to confess/ to tell the truth Come clean I have to come clean. I am head over heels for her.

I have to tell the truth. I am head over heels for her. (n.): Sixth sense Gut feeling Kyeong Min:Just come clean! I know you are head over heels for my girlfriend!

Hyun do: How do you know?

Kyeong Min: It's a gut feeling! (adj.): inappropriate, improper, unacceptable out of line Yumi touched Haneul's washboard abs. She is out of line!

Yumi touched Haneul's washboard abs. She is inappropriate! (v.): to lead someone one, to trick someone To string someone along Sumin is stringing his girlfriend along. He doesn't really love her. He only likes her because she brings home the bacon.

Sumin is tricking his girlfriend. He doesn't really love her. He only likes her because she brings home the bacon. (adj.): available to me At my disposal Eunpyo cracks me up all the time. He has so many jokes at his disposal.

Eunpyo cracks me up all the time. He has so many jokes available to him. (v.) to rest after being very tired Catch my breath A-bin just played basketball, and she is so tired now. She needs to catch her breath and pull herself together. (n.): someone who is not easy to know or understand Closed book It is hard to be friends with her because she is such a closed book. We are never on the same page.

It is hard to be friends with her because she is someone who is not easy to understand. We are never on the same page. (adj.) annoyed; had enough Fed up I am fed up with your tongue in cheek comments.

I am annoyed with your tongue in cheek comments. (v.): eat a lot Pig out I don't have washboard abs because I pig out every night.

I don't have washboard abs because I eat a lot every night. (phrase): Pardon my bad language Excuse my French Excuse my French. I lost my head.

Pardon my bad language. I lost my head. (phrase): to compare to, to be the same level Hold a candle to It's my gut feeling, but I think that Taejin can't even hold a candle to Seungmin when playing LOL.

It's my gut feeling, but I think that Taejin can't even compare to Seungmin when playing LOL. Apple of (my) eye (n.): someone that is very important to you Most fathers think that their daughter is the apple of their eye.

Most fathers think that their daughter is someone that is very important to them. The spitting image (n.): same likeness Jaei is the spitting image of her mother. They look like twins!

Jaei is the same likeness of her mother. They look like twins! Peeping tom (n.) someone who secretly watches others Many foreigners do not like to go to the jjimjilbang because they think there are many peeping toms there. Hungover (adj.) to be suffering from headaches and dizziness after a night of drinking. If you drink too much, you will feel hungover. Hangover (n.): the feeling of being hungover If you drink too much, you will have a hangover. Keep an eye on (pronoun) (v.): to watch (pronoun) carefully and to take care of them Sumin is a peeping tom. You have to keep an eye on him.

Sumin is a peeping tom. You have to watch him carefully. To get up on the wrong side of the bed (v.): to start the day bad/ to have a bad day Daseul is giving everyone the cold shoulder. She must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed today.

Daseul is giving everyone the cold shoulder. She must be having a bad day. The ball is in your court (phrase): it is your turn to make the next decision/choice Abin: Jinah! You got accepted into Seoul, Korea, and Yonsei University! Which one will you choose?

Jinah: I don't know yet.

Abin: Well, the ball is in your court so you should think about it. Flea Market (n.): a community market I heard that the best kimchi in Bucheon is at the Bucheon flea market near the subway station. Jump the gun (phrase): to assume or do something too quickly Kyeongmin jumped the gun and tied the knot when he was 16 years old.

Hyunji jumped the gun and bought the LV bag because it was pretty, but it cost an arm and a leg so now she has no money for lunch. Against the clock (phrase): to be short on time/running out of time Ju eun is getting cold feet. She has to stop the bomb, but she is against the clock. There is only 10 seconds left!

Ju eun is getting cold feet. She has to stop the bomb, but she is running out of time. There is only 10 seconds left! Cut to the chase (v.): say the main point Sumin: "Eunwoo! You're so pretty and smart!"

Eunwoo: "Just cut to the chase."

Sumin: "Can I borrow your book and baek won?" Beat around the bush (v.): to avoid the main point Sumin: "So... I was walking home and it was raining a lot. There was a lot of wind and people. I missed the bus and..."

Eunwoo: "Stop beating around the bush."

Sumin: "I lost your book T_T" Dime a dozen (adj.): very common/ a lot of In Korea, Kimchi is a dime a dozen. You can find them everywhere!

In Korea, Kimchi is very common. You can find them everywhere! Pet peeve (n.) Something that drives you up the wall Hyewon's pet peeve is when Sumin tries to talk to her. Hyewon is annoyed when Sumin tries to talk to her. Lend (someone) a hand (v.): to give (someone) help Sumin: "Jihoon, can you lend me a hand! I can't find the book Eunwoo lent me."

Jihoon: "Sorry, my hands are tied. I'm busy looking at girls."

Sumin: "Stop being a peeping tom!" To lose touch (phrase): to stop communication after a long time One in a million (adj.): rare/not common After high school, many people lose touch because they go to different universities. In class 2-11, washboard abs are one in a million.

In class 2-11, washboard abs are rare. Open book (n.): someone who is readable/ easy to understand and predict Hyundo is an open book. You always know if he is happy, sad, or angry.

But Geunhee is a closed book. He always has the same face so it is difficult to tell if he is happy, sad, or angry. Slap on the wrist (n.): mild/small punishment Eunpyo: "I am going nuts! It is not fair that Hojin only got a slap on the wrist, while I had to clean the entire school!" Back to the drawing board (phrase): back to square one Seungmin: Tomorrow is the English final, but I thought that tomorrow is the Math final so I've been studying for Math. It is back to the drawing board! Bite off more than one can chew (phrase): Have more than you can handle Don't bite off more than you can chew in school or else you will be very tired and stressed. Wear your heart on your sleeves (phrase): to easily show your emotion Sumin is head over heels for Hyewon. It is obvious because Sumin wears his heart on his sleeves. He bends over backwards for her. Be my eyes (phrase): watch for me Sumin: "I lost Eunwoo's book and now she lost her head. Can you be my eyes and tell me when she is coming." Put a sock in it (v.): bite your tongue Sumin: " Eunwoo! I'm so sorry I lost your book! Forgive me! Please! I'm so sorry and I promise I'll..."

Eunwoo: "Put a sock in it! I will never lend you a hand again!" Hang on (v.): to wait (while running to class)

Yoongook: "Hurry up! We going to be late to class again!"

Kyeongmin: "Hang on. I need to catch my breath." Break a leg (phrase): good luck Break a leg on your final exams next week!

Good luck on your final exams next week! Cross one's fingers (phrase): to hope for the best/ to wish someone luck Jaeyeol: "I have an interview today! Cross your fingers!

Jaeyeol: "I have an interview today! Wish me luck! Bottomless pit (adj/n.): endless/someone who can eat a lot Haneul is a bottomless pit, but he is so skinny so many girls are jealous of him! Let the cat out of the bag (v.): spill the beans Yumi got a slap on the wrist because Hyundo let the cat out of the bag and told Hazel that Yumi forgot to do her homework. Pulling one's leg (phrase): just kidding Sumin: "Eunwoo! I'm pulling your leg! I did not lose your book!"

Eunwoo: "Do you want to kick the bucket?!?" Turn the other cheek (phrase): to ignore a problem Eunwoo: "I am going nuts! I am going to kill Sumin!"

Sujin: "Eunwoo, you need to turn the other cheek and forgive him."
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