Idioms & Phrases #4

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Idioms & Phrases #4

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💛Like shooting fish in a barrel:

💛Meaning : very easy, super easy

🦈_ The contest was like shooting fish in a barrel. It was very easy to win a prize."

🦈 _ Some computer software is super easy to install. It is like shooting fish in a barrel.

💐"A window of opportunity:

💐Meaning : a brief time period in which an opportunity exists

🧡"I have a window of opportunity to visit my friend so I will do it today."

🧡"The farmers have a window of opportunity to harvest their crops before the weather becomes bad."

🤍"Easy to come by:

🤍Meaning: easy to find or obtain or buy

❤️"We need some special ink for our printer. It is not easy to come by."

❤️"Office space is not easy to come by in the town."

❤️"A job is not easy to come by for many people with no education."

🤍To take one`s time:

🤍Meaning : to do something without hurrying

💜"I always like to take my time in the morning."

💜"My friend always takes his time to return money that he borrows from his friends."

💜"Our teacher seems to be taking her time to mark our tests."

🤍"To not have a clue about something:

🤍Meaning : to not know anything about something

💚"I do not have a clue who broke the computer printer."

💚"Nobody has a clue about what is happening in our company."

💚"Our friend does not have a clue about our surprise birthday party.

🤍To pave the way for someone or something:

🤍Meaning :to make it easier to do something

💜"The woman paved the way for other women to work in the engineering field."

💜"The new policy is designed to pave the way for better communication in the company."

🤍To have/get the green light to do something:

🤍Meaning : to have permission to start something

🖤"The company has the green light to start the project."

🖤"We got the green light to begin to use the new computers."

🖤"The students have the green light to start the project."

🤍"To be in the best of health:

🤍Meaning : to be very healthy

🖤"My father has been in the best of health for many years."

🖤"The young woman is in the best of health since her surgery."

🖤"Our grandmother is not in the best of health and needs much rest."

🤍In a tight spot.

🤍Meaning : in a difficult situation

💙"My friend is in a tight spot with his problems at school."

💙"The man is in a tight spot now that he has lost his job."

💙"The business owner is in a tight spot. She needs to get some money soon."

🤍To make a fashion statement:

🤍Meaning: to wear clothes or accessories that attract attention

💜"The girl is trying to make a fashion statement with her new clothes."

💜"The young woman is always trying to make a fashion statement with her crazy clothes."

🤍"To be in the picture:

🤍Meaning : to have information about something

💙"I am not in the picture and I know nothing about my friend's wedding plans."

💙"Our company plans some big changes but I am not in the picture so I do not know anything about it."

🤍To throw cold water on something:

🤍Meaning: to discourage or forbid something

🖤"Our teacher threw cold water on the idea of changing the date of the test."

🖤"The girl's mother will probably throw cold water on her plans for the weekend."

🤍A snap decision:

🤍Meaning : a quick decision that you make without thinking

💙"The young woman made a snap decision to change her major at university."

💙"My friend made a snap decision to buy a new phone."

💙"The company made a snap decision to change its marketing plans."

🤍To the bone:

🤍Meaning : thoroughly, entirely, totally .

💙"I became wet to the bone during the heavy rain."

💙"The boy was chilled to the bone with his fever."

💙"The company is trying to cut their costs right to the bone."

💙"The man is a football fan to the bone"

🤍"To step into someone's shoes:

🤍Meaning : to take over a job or other role from someone

💜"I will have to step into my supervisor's shoes while he is away on vacation."

💜"It will be difficult for the new coach to step into the shoes of the old coach."

🤍To the bone :

🤍Meaning : thoroughly, entirely, totally

💙"I became wet to the bone during the heavy rain."

💙"The boy was chilled to the bone with his fever."

💙"The company is trying to cut their costs right to the bone."

💙"The man is a football fan to the bone."

🤍A clarion call :

🤍Meaning: a strong and clear request for people to do something (a clarion is a type of old trumpet)

💜"The government officials made a clarion call for people to help during the disaster."

💜"The newspaper sent out a clarion call for help with the project."

🤍In short order :

🤍Meaning : very quickly

💙"I finished my work in short order and joined my friends at the restaurant."

💙The bridge is closed but it should reopen in short order."

💙"We need to clean up the house in short order and prepare for our guests."

🤍To catch someone off guard :

🤍Meaning : to catch a person unprepared

💛"The teacher likes to catch the students off guard."

💛"I was caught off guard when the teacher asked me about my homework."

💛"We were able to catch the other team off guard and win the game."

🤍"Punch a hole in something :

🤍Meaning : to make a hole in something

💚"We used a hole punch to punch holes in the paper."

💚"The boys were playing when one of them punched a hole in the wall."

💚"The construction worker punched a hole in the water pipe by mistake.

🤍To have a fit:

🤍Meaning : to become upset

🧡"The salesman will have a fit if we change our order again."

🧡"The woman had a fit when she saw what her son had done to her car."

🧡"The girl's mother had a fit when she discovered how much money the girl had spent.

🤍To shoulder the blame for something"

🤍Meaning : to accept that you are responsible for something

💚"The company manager must shoulder the blame for the problems in his department."

💚"The coach will shoulder the blame for the team's poor performance this season.

🤍To heap praise on someone or something.

🤍Meaning :to praise in a very enthusiastic way

🖤"Everybody is heaping praise on the new movie."

🖤"The fans are beginning to heap praise on the new coach."

🖤The speech was excellent and people are heaping praise on it.

🤍Say one's piece

🤍Meaning : to say openly what one thinks (usually used when you are angry)

💙"The man said his piece at the meeting."

💙"The store clerk made me angry so I said my piece and left the store."

💙"I was angry with my friend so I said my piece and went home.

🤍As a last resort

🤍Meaning : If everything else fails

🧡"As a last resort, we will have to find someone to fix our computer."

🧡"The woman can ask her father for some money as a last resort."

🧡"As a last resort, we will sleep in the bus station if there are no hotel rooms.

🤍Within a stone's throw of something

🤍Meaning: very close to something

🧡"The market is within a stone's throw of the school."

🧡"The store is within a stone's throw of our house."

🧡"We can't find the address although we know it is within a stone's throw of us.

🤍To come as no surprise.

🤍Meaning : to not be surprising

🧡"It came as no surprise that the university increased the school fees."

🧡"The boy did not study for the test so it should come as no surprise that he failed it."

🤍"Put one's house in order.

🤍Meaning : to organize one's own private affairs

🌹"I wish that my friend would put his house in order before he tells me what to do with my life."

🌹"Our boss should put his house in order and be a good example for other people."

🤍To lay down the law

🤍Meaning : to very clearly and firmly tell someone what to do

💛"The father often has to lay down the law to his children."

💛"The new manager plans to lay down the law to the workers."

💛"The new teacher plans to lay down the law to the students."

🤍Hold someone's attention

🤍Meaning : to keep someone interested

🧡"The movie was really boring and it did not hold my attention at all."

🧡"The toy will easily hold the boy's attention."

🧡"I am very tired so it will take a lot to hold my attention.

🤍To put a damper on something

🤍Meaning : to discourage something, to spoil a person`s fun

💛"The bad weather put a damper on the birthday party."

💛"The pandemic put a damper on the business plans of the small company."

🤍The likes of s/o or s/t

🤍Meaning : similar to what you are talking about

💙"I do not enjoy spending time with the likes of my neighbor."

💙"We have never seen a storm, the likes of this one, before."

💙"Our team has good players the likes of which we have never seen."

🤍Every last one.

🤍Meaning : every one of something

🖤"Every last one of the children received a certificate from the swim club."

🖤"The students had to finish every last one of the questions before they could have a break."

🖤"Every last one of teachers came to the meeting."

🤍Give or take (a certain amount of something).

🤍Meaming : plus or minus a small amount of something

💙"The building is about one hundred years old, give or take a few years."

💙"The journey should take about four hours, give or take a few minutes."

🤍To engage in small talk.

🤍Meaning : to talk about minor things rather than important things

💛"The students engaged in small talk as they waited for the class to begin."

💛"The sales staff engaged in small talk before the meeting."

💛"The man does not like to engage in small talk."