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Idioms E- K

Idioms are non-literal expressions. This means that the meaning that you are expected to understand is different from what the words should mean. For example when we say that it's "raining cats and dogs" what we are really saying is that it is raining very hard.

Idioms are widely used in conversational English. In this section you will have an opportunity to hear, see and practice the pronunciation of a few idioms.

Don't worry, it's easy come, easy go. You'll find a new job soon.

easy come, easy go: used when talking about something that isn't necessarily so important for you.

Enough is enough! You've already borrowed five hundred dollars.

enough is enough: it is time to stop.

People from every walk of life work in this company.

every walk of life: every occupation, all lifestyles.

Part of the firm's game plan is to expand into Asia.

game plan: planned out approach to a problem or project.

After months of just talk, we have begun to hammer out a deal.

hammer out: work out by discussion or debate.

I wish I could go to the movies, but I've got to hit the books.

hit the books: study.

I'm really tired. I think I'll hit the sack.

hit the sack: go to bed.

She was in cahoots with this guy who was smuggling drugs across the border.

was in cahoots: like partners, helping each other.

Once we'd scored the third goal, the match was pretty much in the bag.

in the bag: certain, guaranteed.

Some states have legalized gambling as a way to put their finances in the black.

in the black: profitable; not showing a financial loss.

The consumer is in the drivers' seat.  If a business does not listen to the consumer, it is not going to last long.

the drivers' seat: controlling events or decisions.

Mr. Jones can do plumbing, carpentry, or a bit of cooking - he's a jack of all trades.

jack of all trades: a person who has many skills.

My husband thinks I should jazz up my wardrobe.

jazz up: add color or interest, add an accessory.

Another law firm offered him thousands of dollars to jump ship.

jump ship: go to work for the other team - the competition.

Would you keep an eye on my son for me while I am gone?

keep an eye on: check something regularly.

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