Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 107
  1. #1
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    Default Stories and Proverbs from Around the World

    Hi friends.

    As everyone knows that English is the language of the world. And knowledge of English is a must in today’s scenarios. But learning English is not only about enriching your vocabulary.
    Idioms and Phrases are a common part of English. In many idioms and phrases familiar words come together to make something that means something completely different.
    In this thread I will be sharing with you some of these idioms and phrases along with their proper usage in sentences.
    Last edited by songlover26; 01-12-2014 at 09:49 PM.

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to songlover26 For This Useful Post:
    Il Demente (12-31-2011),larosa (08-24-2010)

  3. #2
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    Phrases

    To be detrimental = to be harmful
    Smoking is detrimental to health


    To be taken aback = to be surprised
    I was taken aback to see him behave like that


    To be oneself again = to recover

    Sam is himself again after the accident


    To be above board = to be fair, honest

    You need to be above board to succeed in life

    To be adept in = to be expert in

    A surgeon must be adept in his work.


    To be in the same boat with = to be in the same situation

    All poor people are in same boat.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to songlover26 For This Useful Post:
    Il Demente (12-31-2011)

  5. #3
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    To be over head and ears in debt = To be under heavy debt
    Prodigals are always over head and ears in debt

    (Prodigal is a person who spends money wastefully and extravagantly)


    To be in the dump = to be in melancholy (great sadness and depression) due to mental troubles
    She was in the dump when she remembered the unhappy past


    To be brewing = To be starting to develop
    Discontentment was brewing among the workers


    To be all ears = to listen carefully
    Students were all ears to the teacher.


    To be far from = not at all
    Her account of accident was far from the truth.


    To be lapped in luxury = to be brought up in luxury
    The prince was lapped luxury.


    To be one’s own man = to take one’s own decisions.

    A wise man is his own man.

    To be in vicinity = to be close to
    He lives in vicinity of the income tax office.

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to songlover26 For This Useful Post:
    Crisa (08-24-2010)

  7. #4
    Junior Member Carmen123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    so useful information. Hope you can go on doig this.

    Aunes Oversettelser AS
    Have a nice day!
    Aunes Oversettelser AS

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to Carmen123 For This Useful Post:
    songlover26 (07-09-2010)

  9. #5
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Carmen123 View Post
    so useful information. Hope you can go on doig this.

    Aunes Oversettelser AS
    Of course I will

  10. #6
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    To be the offing = likely to happen

    A riot was in the offing.

    to be in the throes = to be in the the grip of.

    The town was in the throes of plague

    To be in black and white = in writing

    The agreement was in black and white

  11. #7
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    Nice thread Gagan!! Two words I like commonly used in idioms:

    apt = suitable

    It is more apt to do so

    oft = often

    As love is oft to do

  12. #8
    Junior Member Carmen123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    So interesting!I learn something new. Thanks for your information.
    Aunes Oversettelser AS
    Have a nice day!
    Aunes Oversettelser AS

  13. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Thanks
    226
    Thanked 212 Times in 157 Posts

    I 'm not very good at idioms so this thread is very good .

  14. #10
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    Oh shall I get thinking then Crisa? Give me an idiom you like

  15. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Thanks
    226
    Thanked 212 Times in 157 Posts

    Yes think I don't have on in mind right now

  16. #12
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    Mmm I think these are self explanatory, if anyone wants me to explain any let me know!!

    A bird in hand is better than two in the bush

    Chip of the old block

    A dime a dozen (i.e easy to get)

    A doubting Thomas

    **** and bull (unbelievable story)

    Devils advocate

    Loose canon (moody + unpredictable)

    A leapard cant change his spots

    Piece of cake (very easy)

    All bark and no bite

    In the same boat (bil hawa sawa in arabic, i.e we're all going through the same thing)

    Apple of my/his eye

    Bakers dozen (13 )

    Beating around the bush

    Once every blue moon

    No room to swing a cat

  17. #13
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    Hi
    Nice job Viva
    can u explain the last one

    No room to swing a cat

  18. #14
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    Its used as a description for a small place, tight...

    There was no room to swing a cat

  19. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to VivaPalestina For This Useful Post:
    Crisa (08-24-2010),songlover26 (08-15-2010)

  20. #15
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    I used this idiom the other day when talking to Layla, so I thought I'd put it here...

    straight and narrow

    you use it when you're promising to be a good boy/girl you'll walk on the straight and narrow, i.e there is not even the smallest leeway for you to go wrong

  21. #16
    Senior Member LadyDiamond.дама диамант's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 24 Times in 19 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by songlover26 View Post
    To be over head and ears in debt = To be under heavy debt
    Prodigals are always over head and ears in debt

    (Prodigal is a person who spends money wastefully and extravagantly)


    To be in the dump = to be in melancholy (great sadness and depression) due to mental troubles
    She was in the dump when she remembered the unhappy past


    To be brewing = To be starting to develop
    Discontentment was brewing among the workers


    To be all ears = to listen carefully
    Students were all ears to the teacher.


    To be far from = not at all
    Her account of accident was far from the truth.


    To be lapped in luxury = to be brought up in luxury
    The prince was lapped luxury.


    To be one’s own man = to take one’s own decisions.

    A wise man is his own man.

    To be in vicinity = to be close to
    He lives in vicinity of the income tax office.
    actually this one is wrong 'Prodigals are always over head and ears in debt' it is actually 'Prodigals are always head over heels in debt'
    Last edited by LadyDiamond.дама диамант; 09-01-2010 at 10:08 AM.
    ೋღ♥ღೋ...обичам България..Моите душа и сърце принадлежат на България. За мен България е най-хубавата страна на света...ೋღ♥ღೋ

  22. #17
    Senior Member LadyDiamond.дама диамант's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 24 Times in 19 Posts

    easy peasy lemon squeezey --> it is extremly easy
    to turn glass into salt --> to turn a arugement into a friendship/ to make hard things soft
    there's a fork in the road --> there is something stopping you from getting somewhere or doing something
    to throw the toys out of the pram --> to not get our own way/have a tanturm
    Last edited by LadyDiamond.дама диамант; 09-01-2010 at 07:20 AM.
    ೋღ♥ღೋ...обичам България..Моите душа и сърце принадлежат на България. За мен България е най-хубавата страна на света...ೋღ♥ღೋ

  23. The Following User Says Thank You to LadyDiamond.дама диамант For This Useful Post:
    songlover26 (09-18-2010)

  24. #18
    Moderator VivaPalestina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Thanks
    799
    Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,680 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDiamond.дама диамант View Post
    actually this one is wrong 'Prodigals are always over head and ears in debt' it is actually 'Prodigals are always head over heals in debt'
    And your spelling is wrong Its head over heels The heel is by the ankle, heal is a treatment

  25. #19
    Senior Member LadyDiamond.дама диамант's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 24 Times in 19 Posts

    oopps i didn't even notice id done that hahahahha yes i know it is 'ee' hahaha silly me
    ೋღ♥ღೋ...обичам България..Моите душа и сърце принадлежат на България. За мен България е най-хубавата страна на света...ೋღ♥ღೋ

  26. #20
    Senior Member songlover26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 637 Times in 528 Posts

    To be cocksure = to be very sure
    I am cocksure of getting a first class.

    To be acquitted of = to be freed of
    He was acquitted from the charge of theft.

    To be impertinent to = to be arrogant to
    He is impertinent to his elders.

    To be at one’s wit’s end = to be perplexed, to be confused
    I was at my wit’s end when I got lost in Toronto

    To be at sixes and sevens = to be in disorder.
    When I opened the door, my stuff was lying at sixes and sevens.

    To be at home in = to be strong in
    Mr. John is at home in Physics.

    To be at a low ebb = to be in a state of decline.
    The popularity of the ruling party is at low ebb.

    To be dog tired = to be very tired.
    He is dog tired because of the hard work he did today.


    To be the spearhead of = to be in the forefront
    Bose was the spearhead of the revolt.

  27. The Following User Says Thank You to songlover26 For This Useful Post:
    VivaPalestina (09-18-2010)

Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions