VOA English in a Minute: If the Shoe Fits, Wear It
The idiom "if the shoe fits, wear it" is used to say that a person should accept something said to him as true.
...and that my clothes don't fit well.
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Time to Think
Seita teaches expressions used in a meeting or class: "Give me a minute", "Let me think", and "That's a tough one".
..."Does anybody have any questions?"...
The History of English: Global English
The English language has developed into different forms all over the world.
...Chinglish, which is Chinese English and Singlish, which is Singaporean English,...
The History of English: The Norman Conquest
The English language absorbed about ten thousand words from French as a result of the Norman invasion.
..."armies," "navies" and "soldiers" and began the Hundred Years' War against France.
Hit the Sack
The idiom "hit the sack" means to prepare for sleep.
...where we teach you all about idioms in American English.
Cost a Pretty Penny
The idiom "cost a pretty penny" means something is very expensive.
...in front of a noun to get our m...ing across.
The idiom "cash cow" refers to products or services that make a lot of money.
...that makes a lot of money for a business.
Play It by Ear
The idiom "play it by ear" means you only make a decision as the situation develops.
"Play it by ear" means you aren't going to make a firm plan,...
Once in a Blue Moon
The idiom "once in a blue moon" means something happens very rarely.
"Once in a blue moon" is a common way of saying that something does not happen often.
Grab a Bite
The idiom "grab a bite" means to get something to eat in a quick and easy manner.
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Keep Your Chin Up
The idiom "keep your chin up" is an encouragement to remain cheerful in a difficult situation.
"Keep your chin up" means to keep your spirits high and remain cheerful in a difficult situation.
A Game Plan
The idiom "a game plan" means an idea for doing something.
...but it does not have anything to do with playing a game.
Jack of All Trades
The idiom "jack of all trades" describes a person who is good at doing a lot of different things.
"I'm a jack of all trades."
Breath of Fresh Air
The idiom "breath of fresh air" refers to someone or something that is different in an exciting way.
The History of English: English and Empire
During the British empire, words from various countries are added to the language.
"Yoga," to help you stay in shape while pretending to be spiritual.
Raining Cats And Dogs
The idiom "raining cats and dogs" means it's raining very hard or it's raining a lot.
...I don't think you would see this little kitten falling from the sky.
The idiom "basket case" refers to a person who has become too nervous or upset to do anything.
...and leave you with a sense of hopelessness.
Keep My Fingers Crossed
The idiom "keep my fingers crossed" means the person is hoping for the best possible outcome.
...formal and...formal, and everybody will understand what you mean.
Bite My Tongue
The idiom "bite my tongue" means that you are going to stop yourself from saying something.
...I am going to bite my tongue.
Miss the Point
The idiom "miss the point" means that a person did not understand something.
"Miss the point."
Draw a Blank
The idiom "draw a blank" is used when a person fails to remember or find something.
"Draw a blank?"
No Pain, No Gain
The idiom "No pain, no gain" means that one must work hard before seeing results."
...and many people exercise every day.
There Isn't Just One Word
Pakkun and his interviewee talk about the difficulty of translating Japanese words into English.
"Bouquet" really is almost exclusively to either wine or something that's particularly aromatic.
Burn the Midnight Oil
The idiom "burn the midnight oil" means that someone needs to study or work late.
...and not that much time to do it in.
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used to tell someone to wait or to stop for a brief time
the latest possible moment
a time of sixty seconds
happening for a time of sixty seconds
used to express surprise or disbelief