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ELC Santa Barbara Ten English Idioms and Phrases August 28th, 2015

Here you will find ten common English idioms or phrases and examples that will help you expand your English vocabulary!

As easy as pie: very easy.

“My grammar test this week was as easy a pie. I passed the test without missing a single question.”

Hit the road: to leave on a trip.

“We’re going to hit the road early in the morning so that we make it home before night.”

Call it a day: stop work for the day.

“I have finished all my work and I am ready to call it a day.”

Get it: understand something (often negative).

“I don’t get it. Can you help me understand this math problem?”

A know-it-all: someone who acts as if he/she knows everything.

“You can’t correct her on any of her mistakes because she is a know-it-all.”

A let down: a disappointment; something that’s very disappointing.

“I didn’t get accepted into the university that I hoped I would study at. It was quite a let down.”

Make up one’s mind: decide what to do.

“I can’t make up my mind about where I want to go on vacation. I am having a hard time deciding between Mexico and Hawaii.”

Now and then: occasionally, from time to time.

“I see my family now and then, when I go home to visit, but not everyday.”

Over one’s head: too difficult or complicated for someone to understand.

“This chemistry exam is a bit over my head since I am unfamiliar with the material.”

Under the weather: to feel sick.

“I think I am going to stay home from school today because I am feeling a bit under the weather.”

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