IDIOM #1: a cup of joe
- How to use it: You can buy, drink, make, etc a cup of joe.
- Explanation: Joe is a slang word for coffee and so a cup of joe means a cup of coffee.
- Example: I like to start my day with a cup of joe.
IDIOM #2: a dime a dozen
- How to use it: [something] is a dime a dozen
- Explanation: A dozen means twelve, and a dime is a ten-cent coin, so a dime a dozen literally means twelve costs ten cents. So if something costs a dime a dozen, it is inexpensive and easy to find.
- Example: Hot dog carts are a dime a dozen on the streets of NYC.
IDIOM #3: a pain in the neck
- How to use it: [something] or [someone] is a pain in the neck
- Explanation: Something that is a pain in the neck is troublesome and inconvenient.
- Example: Tom is a pain in the neck. He borrows my tools but never returns them on time.
IDIOM #4: a piece of cake
- How to use it: [something] is a piece of cake
- Explanation: Something that is a piece of cake is easy to do.
- Example: Using computers is a piece of cake for me.
IDIOM #5: a pipe dream
- How to use it: [something] is a pipe dream
- Explanation: A pipe dream is something unrealistic that you wish for or wish to do.
- Example: I know sailing a yacht in the South Pacific is a pipe dream, but someday I hope to do it!
IDIOM #6: a screw up
- How to use it: [someone] is a screw up
- Explanation: A screw up is a person who often make careless mistakes, generally because they are not paying attention to what they are doing or because they are incompetent.
- Example: I hear Tom was fired because he is a screw up.
IDIOM #7: absent-minded
- How to use it: [someone] is absent-minded
- Explanation: Someone who is absent-minded easily forgets things.
- Example: Jack forgot his wife’s birthday. He’s so absent-minded.
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