英会話のコツ:Idioms

What is an idiom?  It's a combination of words that form a natural expression. 

Popular idioms:

"A penny for your thoughts?"  - We ask someone this when it looks like they are deep in thought.  This usually coaxes them into talking about whatever is on their mind.

 

At the drop of a hat - If someone does something at the drop of a hat, it means spontaneously and without any prior planning.  Ex: Mark starts gambling at the drop of a hat.

 

Beat around the bush - To not address the issue directly.  Ex: Politicians are always beating around the bush when it comes to improving the healthcare system.

 

Costs an arm and a leg - It's very expensive. Ex: The new iPhone X costs an arm and a leg.

 

Don't put all your eggs in one basket - Don't risk everything in one area. Ex: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.  Invest in many different stocks instead of just one.

 

Kill two birds with one stone - Accomplish two tasks with one action. Ex: You can kill two birds with one stone if you do homestay in Canada.  You'll get a nice vacation and be able to practice your English.

 

Not playing with a full deck - The person is a little crazy. Ex: My neighbor throws beer bottles at birds from his balcony.  He isn't playing with a full deck.

 

Once in a blue moon - Happens rarely. Ex: I see my aunt once in a blue moon because she lives so far away.

 

Wouldn't be caught dead - Would never do X.  Ex: Tom wouldn't be caught dead wearing a green suit.

 

~ Samantha

 

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