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Common Expressions : To shoot the breeze

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To shoot the breeze is an idiomatic expression, usually American,  that has one meaning : To chat idly and without purpose. Using this context, two people having a relaxed conversation are certainly shooting the breeze.

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- We spend hours shooting the breeze and drinking beer.

- It was a good time shooting the breeze with you, Make.

- I just met her tonight, but we shot the breeze for half an hour.

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Common Expressions : Teacher's pet

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A teacher's pet is a student who gets marks because he's in special favor with teachers. But, does everyone like those kinds of students ?

Of course teachers do, because they bring them an apple but other students call them "Hypocrites" because they are trying to be strangely nice to teachers and annoying because they put their hands up in every occasion.

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- He used to be a teacher's pet when we were students, but ow, he's just a looser.

- Go with her and she will teach you how to become a teacher's pet.

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Common Expressions : Two heads are better than one

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When two people work together on some project, it goes so much more easily because two heads are better than one, and of course a million heads is better than two (case of Wikipedia).
This idiomatic proverb means it's better to work in group than by yourself and there are many proverbs from many cultures that have the same meaning as "Unity is strength", "Many hands make light work" and "The more, the merrier" ...

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- I know, two heads are better than one but I need to find the right partner, not just anyone.
- We are doing well because two heads are better than one, That's why.

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Common Expressions : Go back to the drawing board

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Sometimes when there were many problems in some project, all you need to do is to go back to the beginning, trying to start it again and do it perfectly.
If this is your situation, you can use the expression "Go back to the drawing board" especially when you want to scrap all your previous plans and ideas.

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- There's nothing you can fix now, just go back to the drawing board and try things differently.
- I went back to the drawing board to find where I went wrong.

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Common Expressions : Lovey-Dovey

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We use this expression to describe an affectionate couple who show everyone how much they love each other, how much they care about each other and how much they are excessively in love.

We can also use lovey-dovey to talk about romantic love or sentimentality.

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- Oh! look at them, they are so lovey-dovey.

- I'd tried to be lovey-dovey with you but you always screw this up.

- Yeah! we look a little bit lovey-dovey but trust me, we are not.

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Common Expressions : You are what you eat

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : You are what you eat...

 

The expression we'll look at this episode is : You are what you eat

I just eat an apple, so am I an apple now ? Or maybe a banana if I have it for desert or something ?

That's not even possible . Actually, The notion that to be healthy you need to eat good food. so we're talking about quality of food.

if you eat a lot of potato chips and chocolate bars, then that might not be very good for your health ... Be careful.

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- You are doing well in gyms, but your alimentation system doesn't fit, just remember You are what you eat

- Donuts is not even a food.. You are what you eat

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Common Expressions : To work like a dog

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : Common Expressions : To work like a dog...

 

If you use the expression to work like a dog to describe someone's work, that means he / she is working extremely hard, but the question here : Do dogs work that hard ?
Well, except if we're talking about police dogs or seeing-eye dogs, most dogs are doing nothing but eating and sleeping.

Sometimes, people say that they work like a beaver.

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- After college, I became a banker and now I work like a dog.
- Just keep working like a dog and you will be successful very soon.

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Common Expressions : shivers down your spine

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : Common Expressions : shivers down your spine.

 

If you feel frightened, you ca say, that you have shivers down your spine.

If you want to make someone feel afraid, you can send him/her shivers down his/her spine.

Now, the spine is the part of our body that we all know. According to the medical dictionary, the spine is the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton.

To shiver is to shake with cold or fear.

Sometimes, we use shivers down your spine to express excitement.

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- Whenever I watch this movie, I feel a shiver down my spine.

- Her marvelous voice sends shivers down my spine.

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Common Expressions : Boys will be boys

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he expression we'll look at this episode is : Common Expressions : Boys will be boys.

 

Some adults behaviour still childish and morally unacceptable.
Today's idiom is ironically applied to mature men who act irresponsibly, noisily or even boisterously.
Mother use this expression to excuse a dolecent mischief.
Let's see some examples :
- He was such an idiot. What can I say ? Boys will be boys.
- One of my students disturbed in class. I called his mother and all I get was "Boys will be boys".
- All our discussions end up in a fight because he has been trying to make fun of me all time. Boys will be boys.

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Common Expressions : You are what you eat

The expression we'll look at this episode is : You are what you eat

I just eat an apple, so am I an apple now ? Or maybe a banana if I have it for desert or something ?

That's not even possible . Actually, The notion that to be healthy you need to eat good food. so we're talking about quality of food.

if you eat a lot of potato chips and chocolate bars, then that might not be very good for your health ... Be careful.

Let's see some examples :

- You are doing well in gyms, but your alimentation system doesn't fit, just remember You are what you eat

- Donuts is not even a food.. You are what you eat

 

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Common Expressions : as Mad as a Hatter

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We can't talk about the expressions as mad as a Hatter without mentioning Lewis Carol and The Hatter, one of his main characters from the chapter 7 of Alice's adventures in Wonderland when Alice became a guest at a mad Tea-Party with the Hatter and the March Hare.
The original meaning of the expression was vague and unclear. But, generally, it has been known for years now that a mad Hatter represents a person who is always angry and sharply crazy.


Let's see some examples :
- Poor Samantha ! She is always as mad as a hatter.
- Oh my God ! This noise makes me as mad as a Hatter. It is too much intolerable.

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Common Expressions : Cougars

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A cougar is a wild animal that lives in American mountains. That's right !

But this is not our subject for Today.

Cougars symbolize older woman (over 40 usually) who get to bars and night clubs just to look for young men and pick them up for only one reason : non-meaning sex. Sometimes, they pay them for that.

We can also use the word "cougar" as a verb in some countries which this is very popular.

Let's see some examples :

- Demi Moore used to cougar Ashton Kutcher for many years. He was almost half her age but they seemed to be happy together.
- Be careful ! I know that kind of women. I guess she's trying to cougar you.

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Common Expressions : The boss from hell

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Do you get angry at work ? If yes, then it's probably because of your boss. Bad boss (or bad management) causes workers to lose their temper and to get crazy. Most people describe their boss as The boss from hell when they realize he/she is standing in the way of their happiness.

So, what can you do if you end up with the boss from hell ?

Let's see some examples :

- Did you watch horrible bosses ? - Yes, I did and I enjoyed watching Jennifer Aniston plays the boss from hell.
- My manager is a boss from hell. I know I'm going to put him in the ground one day.

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Common Expressions : Don't put all your eggs in one basket

Common Expressions : Don't put all your eggs in one basket | Common Expressions | Scoop.it
The expression we'll look at this episode is : Common Expressions : Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
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Common Expressions : Shoot yourself in the foot

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If you shoot yourself in the foot, you do or say something stupid which can cause serious problems for you.

In fact, a bad behaviour like blaming people around, annoying them by talking too much about yourself or trying to be smarter than them can spoil a situation for yourself.

Let's see some examples :

- She shot herself in the foot by flirting her boss.

- Why does he always shoot himself in the foot by acting like that ?

- The coach shot himself in the foot by saying that all players didn't play like it should.

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Common Expressions : Yada Yada

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : Yada Yada. a modern version of Blah Blah.

 

Last time, I checked out Google main page and there was an announcement : " We’re changing our privacy policy and terms. Not the usual yada yada." . So, what does that mean ?

This expression is an equivalent of "Blah Blah" and we can use it when something spoken is very uninteresting, tedious or boring.

Let's see some examples :

- When he was talking about his life, all I heard was "Yada Yada"

- I met her at the cafeteria, she ordered a drink, Yada Yada ... she gave me more than reason to leave her behind and I did. I just hate blind dates.

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Common Expressions : To stick out like a sore thumb

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : To stick out like a sore thumb.

 

The expression we'll look at this episode is : To stick out like a sore thumb.

This phrase means to be obviously noticed as awkward.

Of course, no one wants to be like this, but sometimes things just happen. For example : You were invited to a classic party and you wore a leather jacket. You definitely stuck out like a sore thumb among other guests with their fitting dresses.

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- I went to the prom like I promised ... but it was awful. All guests were very young and I felt like I truly stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Common Expressions : Out of my league

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : Out of my league.

 

If someone is out of your league, that means he/she is apparently beyond you because he/she is better-looking than you,sexier, richer, smarter, more attractive .. and that why you feel unworthy or pathetic.

Sometimes he/she can do something you are not prepared for. Here we're talking about abilities.

It isn't a kind phrase but still one of the common expressions among close friends and family.

Let's see some examples :

- No way ! she's always out of my league and I'm not going to ask her out.

- I need a car, but Mercedes is a little out of my league. So, let's see another car, please!

- Shakira's always out of anyone's league. 44 years old but still a babe !

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Common Expressions : As cool as a cucumber

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : As cool as a cucumber...

 

The expression we'll look at this episode is : As cool as a cucumber

To be as cool as a cucumber is to be very calm, unruffled and in control of your feelings and emotions.

When everything seems to thumb down , you stay relaxed .. always as cool as a cucumber.

Somtimes, it means that you're doing well.

Let's see some examples :

- "I ... cool as a cucumber could see The rest of womankind." John Gay's Poem

- How you doing ? - I'm as cool as a cucumber !

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Common Expressions : making something from scratch

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The expression we'll look at this episode is : making something from scratch.

A scratch is a wound or a scribble or even the sound made by one of them, But The expression making something from scratch is totally different.

To Make something from scratch is to make something from the base , something from the very beginning.

Let's see some examples :

- I've been trying to do that survey over and over and it's getting very complicated. I guess it's better to make it from scratch so I can deal with it.

- I don't like pre-made food ... Food made from scratch is always healthy and delicious.

- All your components are very basic, you just made it from the scratch ... Congratulation

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