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.
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.
The Activities categorised as English in Use look at the way we use English in everyday life. The Activities cover the actual use of English and examine grammar, punctuation, and functionality of the language. For any student studying English as a second language or English as a foreign language, English in Use Activities are particularly useful for improving speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. These Activities will help you to develop your confidence in using different types of text such as fiction, newspapers and magazines, as well as learning to speak and write about things such as the weather and travel, as well as preparing you for typical situations such as ordering in a restaurant or buying a train ticket.
The 7 idioms are, turn the other cheek, tongue in cheek, cheek by jowl, get something off your chest, keep something close to your chest, take it on the chin, and keep your chin up. This British English idioms lesson will help to you learn, remember, and use 7 common British English idiomatic expressions which use the words cheek, chest, and chin.Body Idioms Course
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
If you can ignore someone’s abuse or insults against you, you turn the other cheek.
“Sometimes the best way to defuse a situation is to turn the other cheek.”
NOTE: This is an idiom taken from the bible: “but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39)
TONGUE IN CHEEK
When you say or do something that seems to be serious but is actually humorous, it’s tongue-in-cheek.
“Brian got really angry with Mark over his comments, until they realise they were tongue-in-cheek.”
CHEEK BY JOWL
Cheek by jowl means very close together, or side-by-side.
“In many Spanish cities businesses and housing are cheek by jowl.”
NOTE: The jowl is another word for the cheek.
GET SOMETHING OFF YOUR CHEST
To confess something, say how you feel, or express your criticism of something or someone, is to get it off your chest.
“I was getting fed up with her selfish and thoughtless behaviour, and I had to get it off my chest and tell her how I felt.”
KEEP SOMETHING CLOSE TO YOUR CHEST
When you keep something close to your chest you keep your intentions, plans, or tactics secret and confidential.
“When everything is finalised, I’ll tell you. But in the meantime, I have to keep things close to my chest.”
TAKE IT ON THE CHIN
When you are brave enough to avoid complaining about bad things which have happened to you, you take it on the chin.
“Sacked for incompetence, he took it on the chin.”
NOTE: This is an allusion to the ability of a boxer to take a punch without falling.
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP
When someone has to overcome some difficulties, particularly emotional ones, we can encourage them by telling them to keep their chin up.
“I know it’s not an easy time, but you just have to keep your chin up.”
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.
Learn some common British English idioms in this video English lesson from Britlish. The idioms are: As plain as the nose on your face, Keep your nose out, Turn your nose up at, Stick your nose in where it’s not wanted, Can’t see further than the end of your nose, Under your nose, Cut off your nose to spite your face, Brown-nose, Put someone’s nose out of joint, No skin off my nose, Look down your nose at, Rub your nose in it, Powder your nose, and Have a nose for.
Learn some common English idioms with this vocabulary activation pack. The idioms are: Give someone the cold shoulder, To have broad shoulders, Rub elbows or shoulders with, Shoulder to cry on, Shoulder to the wheel, Have a good head on your shoulders, Carry the world on your shoulders, Look over your shoulder, Stand on the shoulders of giants, Shoulder to shoulder, A chip on your shoulder, Fall squarely on someone’s shoulders, Head and shoulders above, and A weight off your shoulders.
This lesson will help you to learn, remember, and use 12 common English idioms about the tongue. The 12 idioms are, set tongues wagging, silver tongued, loose tongue, tongue in cheek, sharp tongue, get tongue around, wicked tongue, on the tip of your tongue, civil tongue, tongue-lashing, cat got your tongue, and bite or hold your tongue.
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