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Idioms

I am determined to make idioms as accessible for all students as any other part of the English language. Reading and memorising lists of vocabulary is not the most productive, interesting, or useful exercise in English language learning. I created these Activities to encourage you to not only learn and remember many English idioms, but also to have fun with them, as having fun is a great aid to learning and remembering. It is important that you know as many idioms as possible as native English speakers use them with alarming regularity. I hope that as you work your way through the Idiom Activities you will make some of the idioms your own and use them regularly like a native.

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Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

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The 12 common British English idiomatic expressions are, at the bottom of the ladder, learn something from the bottom up, to be at the bottom of something, the bottom of the barrel, bottoms up, the bottom line, smooth as a baby's bottom, from top to bottom, the bottom drawer, to hit rock bottom, from the bottom of my heart, and the bottom fell out of. This British English idioms lesson will help to you learn, remember, and use 12 common British English idiomatic expressions which use the word bottom. 

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BOTTOM IDIOMS

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER

When you start out in a job or career you are at the bottom of the ladder.

“You’ll start at the bottom of the ladder but you’ll soon work your way up.”

LEARN SOMETHING FROM THE BOTTOM UP

To learn something from the bottom up is to learn something comprehensively from the basics the most important aspects.

“The director learned his trade from the bottom up by starting as a tea boy in a film studio.”

TO BE AT THE BOTTOM OF SOMETHING

Something which is or lies at the bottom of something distasteful is the real or underlying reason for it.

“I think not been able to have children of her own lay at the bottom of her strange behaviour towards my wife.”

THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

Somebody or something that is the bottom of the barrel is the lowest quality possible, the dregs, or the least desirable.

“Perhaps if we pay people more, we wouldn’t have to accept the bottom of the barrel.”

BOTTOMS UP

When you drink from a glass you normally tip the bottom of it into the air, and from this we get the toast of bottoms up.

“Here’s to this new project. Bottoms up!”

THE BOTTOM LINE

The figurative meaning of the bottom line is the final outcome or result of something.

“The bottom line is the company is going to have to close unless we can find some more backing.”

SMOOTH AS A BABY’S BOTTOM

Something which is extremely soft and smooth and has no imperfections is as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

“Remember that robots will be running around on this floor so it needs to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.”

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

From top to bottom means from the highest point to the lowest point and every part in between.

“The police searched the house from top to bottom, but found no evidence.”

THE BOTTOM DRAWER

Young women who are to be married collect household things in their bottom drawer.

“When she told me she was engaged, I gave some towels and bed linen for her bottom drawer.”

TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM

When you hit rock bottom, you are at the lowest possible moment of your life and things can only get better.

“When I got divorced, I knew I’d hit rock bottom and that life would soon get very much better.”

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART

When you want to say something with great sincerity of meaning, you can say from the bottom of your heart.

“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you’ve given me.”

THE BOTTOM FELL OUT OF

If the bottom falls out of something, it has lost value suddenly and without warning.

“The financial crisis was caused when the bottom fell out of the housing market.”

Body Idioms

I originally thought that I would find 100 to 200 idioms related to the body, but as I continued gathering the idioms for each part of the body, I realised there were going to be considerably more. With an ever-growing list of idioms before me, I despaired of ever being able to complete the definitions and examples that would be required for each one. However, with a bit of elbow grease, I put my back into it, and managed to complete all 522 of them. In this course, you will find many of the idiomatic expressions related to the body.

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Idioms Activation Pack - Arms

There are 13 arms idioms in this Idiom Activation Pack. To be up in arms, Have one arm tied behind your back, Cost an arm and a leg, Lay down your arms, Strong-arm tactics, Keep somebody at arm’s length, Have a list as long as your arm, To give your right arm, Welcome someone with open arms, The long arm of the law, Twist someone’s arm, Chance your arm, and To bear arms. After you have seen, heard, and read the idioms and their meanings, you can activate them and make them part of your active vocabulary. You can do this by using the Idioms Activator which I have designed to give you plenty of practice in listening, reading, and writing the idioms you have learnt in this Idiom Activation Pack. These Idiom Activation Packs are designed to help you activate your English skills. I have been helping students learn, remember, and use the all-important idiomatic expressions for many years and now I want to reach many more students by using the latest technology. I have designed this Idiom Activation Pack to make learning British English idioms as easy and enjoyable as possible. Idioms Activation Pack - Arms

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Leg Idioms

Learn some common British English idioms in this video English lesson from Britlish. The idioms are: Tail between your legs, On its last legs, Get a leg up, Pulling your leg, Shake a leg, Break a leg, Not have a leg to stand on, Stretch your legs, Legwork, and Sea legs. This lesson is part of the Body Idioms series of idioms lessons.

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Lip Idioms

Learn some common British English idioms with this lesson from Britlish. The idioms are: Pay lip service, Lick your lips, Bite your lip, Give someone lip, My lips are sealed, Smack lips, Slip of the lip, Tight-lipped, Lock lips, Pass my lips, Stiff upper lip, A bit lippy, Read my lips, Loose lips, Button your lip, and On everyone’s lips. This lesson is part of the Body Idioms series at Britlish.com.

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