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Of game changers and moving goalposts – football idioms in the English language

Of game changers and moving goalposts – football idioms in the English language | English language idioms | Scoop.it

Football (or soccer, for avoidance of doubt) is one of those odd sports that tend to polarize: you either love it or you hate it. No matter whether you are a lover or a hater, you will come across plenty of football-related idioms in everyday life.

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Burn the candle at both ends - Online English Lessons

Burn the candle at both ends - Online English Lessons | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and examples of use of the idiom 'burn the candle at both ends'.
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Grin like a Cheshire Cat - English Idiom - Online English Lessons

Grin like a Cheshire Cat - English Idiom - Online English Lessons | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and example of use of the expression 'grin like a Cheshire Cat'.
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Idiom: parrot-fashion - Botanical Linguist

Idiom: parrot-fashion - Botanical Linguist | English language idioms | Scoop.it
The definition of the idiom 'parrot-fashion', plus examples of use.
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42 Idiom Origins - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 29)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John looks at the origins of 42 idioms such as, "once in a blue moon."

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Idiom: bear fruit

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If something bears fruit, it produces successful or positive results.


 


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Phrasal verbs, idioms and sayings for Halloween - Online English Lessons

Phrasal verbs, idioms and sayings for Halloween - Online English Lessons | English language idioms | Scoop.it
It's Halloween on the 31st October, the night when ghosts and witches are said to appear. Here are some suitably creepy and spooky words and phrases...
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mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: Business Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: Business Idioms & Phrasal Verbs | English language idioms | Scoop.it
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A very good way to add humour to a class/lesson

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Idioms with hands, fingers and arms

There are quite a few idioms using the words arms, hands and fingers. Although giving a comprehensive list of all of these expressions is beyond the scope of this post, it does provide an overview of the most popular among them.

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Money is Liquid - 10 Metaphors about Money

Money is Liquid - 10 Metaphors about Money | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Last week I taught a Specialist Finance English Group. I had a lovely group of 4 clients - two Polish ladies, one Hungarian gentleman and a Russian lady. They were on a one-week intensive course. T...

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Cold Weather Idioms and Phrases

Cold Weather Idioms and Phrases | English language idioms | Scoop.it
With the frigid weather that swept the USA this week, many of us have been “freezing our butts off” (a frequently used, colloquial phrase in English that implies weather so cold that our buns turn to...
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And since these days are being cold in Lima-Peru, too...Let's learn about some idioms we can use to talk about this cold weather ;-)

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Working Like a Dog - Brainless Tales

Working Like a Dog - Brainless Tales | English language idioms | Scoop.it
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A list of clothes idioms from A to Z with meanings

A list of clothes idioms from A to Z with meanings | English language idioms | Scoop.it
List of clothes idioms from A to Z. Each one tells you what it means and how to use in a sentence.

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Learning Basic English's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:03 PM

List of clothes idioms from A to Z. Each one tells you what it means and how to use in a sentence.

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19 foreign phrases that the English language needs

19 foreign phrases that the English language needs | English language idioms | Scoop.it

What's more fun, though, is finding out the idioms used in other languages that make little or no sense to us. There are a hell of a lot of them about, but we've cherry-picked (that's another one right there) some of the very best from all over the world for your enjoyment.

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Go bananas - English Idiom - Online English Lessons

Go bananas - English Idiom - Online English Lessons | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and examples of use of the expression 'go bananas'.
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English idiom: crow's feet - Botanical Linguist

English idiom: crow's feet - Botanical Linguist | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and examples of use of the English idiom 'crow's feet'.
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8 Idioms in English using two Easter symbols – Eggs and Bunnies. | English with a Twist

8 Idioms in English using two Easter symbols – Eggs and Bunnies. | English with a Twist | English language idioms | Scoop.it
8 Idioms in English using two Easter symbols - Eggs and Bunnies. http://t.co/7z1OEy3Nes
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An idiom that has its cake and eats it | Macmillan

An idiom that has its cake and eats it | Macmillan | English language idioms | Scoop.it

In a recent post defending the expression I could care less, I wrote that idioms do not hinge on logic, and expecting them to make literal sense is futile.

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Budding - English Idiom

Budding - English Idiom | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and examples of use of the idiom 'budding'; e.g. budding genius, budding artist, and budding writer.
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Make over - English Phrasal Verb - Online English Lessons

Make over - English Phrasal Verb - Online English Lessons | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Definition and examples of use of the phrasal verb 'make over'.
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English Idioms: Food Idioms with Fruit, Vegetables, and Baked Goods - Linguistics Girl

English Idioms: Food Idioms with Fruit, Vegetables, and Baked Goods - Linguistics Girl | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Learn about some common English proverbs and idioms that mention fruits, vegetables, and baked goods.
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12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | English language idioms | Scoop.it
English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today.
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Grammar Gang: Symbolic colours in idiomatic references

Grammar Gang: Symbolic colours in idiomatic references | English language idioms | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered about the relevance of colours in metaphorical expressions?

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Sleeping Like a Log - Brainless Tales

Sleeping Like a Log - Brainless Tales | English language idioms | Scoop.it
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Idioms

A collection of short, sharp Idioms that will keep you guessing until the end. Lots of extra awesomeness at www.ohmycreativestudio.com Created by Matt Cleaves…
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Livemocha - A What? In Your What? - A Lesson in English Idioms

Livemocha - A What? In Your What? - A Lesson in English Idioms | English language idioms | Scoop.it
Let’s have some more fun with English idioms

This time we will be talking about idioms that follow this construction:

“A __ in your __.”

In English, as in most languages, there are some pretty strange idiomatic and colloquial phrases that can make a language learner’s head spin*. Here’s a short list of some common – and some not-so-common – examples.

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"A hitch in your get-along" is a new one for me :-)

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