Friday, 26 August 2011

Idioms ~Funny English Phrases~

What is an Idiom you may ask?

1. A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.
2. The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.
3. Regional speech or dialect.
4. A specialized vocabulary used by a group of people; jargon. Can also be a style or manner of expression peculiar to a given people.
5. A style of artistic expression characteristic of a particular individual, school, period, or medium

To sum the definition up it is a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language.

Often there are variations in the definitions of these phrases. One phrase may have two definitions either business or personal or one of the other.


Enjoy these funny English phrases :)

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Phrase:"Hit the Sack" or "Hit the Hay" (personal)

Definition:"To go to Bed"


Phrase:"Let the Cat out of the Bag" (business and personal)

Definition:"To tell people secret information, often without intending to"


Phrase:"Late Bloomer" (business and personal)

Definition:"When someone does not obtain success with their interests, talents, or personality until later in their lives, we say they are a late bloomer."


Phrase:"It's Been a Slice" (personal)

Definition:"When someone leaves and you have said your goodbyes it is usually the last thing you may say..........It's been a slice. I use it after a visit where we have had a good time."


Phrase:"The ayes have it" (business and personal)

Definition:"If the ayes have it, those who voted in favour of something have won."



Phrase:"Stir the Pot" (business and personal)

Definition:"To stir the pot is to agitate a situation to cause a reaction or trouble."


Phrase:"Chomping at the Bit" (business and personal)

Definition:"If you are chomping at the bit, you are eager to start on a task immediately."


Phrase: "Add Fuel To The Fire" (business and personal)

Definition: "Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is."



Phrase:"Post Haste" (business and personal)

Definition:"Post-haste means as quickly as possible."


Phrase:"Fair Game" (business and personal)

Definition:"If something or someone is fair game, then it is acceptable to target, criticise or attack them."


Phrase:"Believe you me" (business and personal)

Definition:"This is an emphatic way of saying 'believe me'."


Phrase:"Fool's Paradise" (business and personal)

Definition:"A fool's paradise is a false sense of happiness or success."


Phrase:"On the Table" (business)
Definition: "If a plan or proposal is on the table, it is being discussed."


Phrase:"Dry as dust" (business and personal)

Definition:"Very dry. Often used metaphorically: a boring, literal person or an unexciting speech. "She knows her stuff but she's dry as dust."


Phrase:"Have something up your sleeve" (business and personal)

Definition: "If you have something up your sleeve, you have some hidden or secret plan, idea, etc, to use to your advantage when the time is right."


Phrase:"Talk the talk to be able to walk the walk" (business)

Definition: "If one is in a business and they have another who would like to be in on that business or work for that business they must be able to talk the talk before they can walk the walk. In other words, they must be able to know all the lingo and aspects of that business in order to walk within that business.


Phrase:" Talk the talk to be able to walk the walk" (personal)

Definition: Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk. It means: talk is cheap, but can you follow through with action? It is similar to: Don't let your mouth write a check that you can't cash". Another way to think of it is "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time".



Phrase: "When the cat's away the mice shall play" (business and personal)

Definition: "People whose behaviour is strictly controlled go over the top when the authority is not around" In other words, when the boss or the parent are not around the workers or child will not be as well behaved.



Phrase: "Against The Clock" (business)

Definition: "Rushed and short on time."



Phrase: "All In The Same Boat" (business and personal)

Definition: "When everyone is facing the same challenges"



Phrase: "An Arm And A Leg" (business and personal)

Definition: "Very expensive. A large amount of money."


Phrase: "At The Drop Of A Hat"

Definition: "Willing to do something immediately."