Here is a collection of idioms that I shared with my students in the social networking arena this past week. I hope you find them helpful. I put the meaning (definition) after the idiom, and then there is a practice question. Try answering the questions in a complete sentence in order to practice the idioms.
- Jen said it is hard to stick to (continue) her diet. Have you tired sticking to a diet? Are you sticking to learning English?
- I sent Blair a birthday card by snail mail (postal mail) Do you use snail mail? How often do use snail mail?
- Jenny said my new suit was pretty sharp (stylish). Have you bought some sharp clothes recently?
- I screwed up (damaged) my computer when I tried to repair it. Have you screwed up something?
- Jane said Katy Perry rules (is the best). Do you think Katy Perry rules? What singer do you think rules?
- The concert rocked (was really great) last night. Have you recently been somewhere that rocked?
- Chuck said he has the hots for (is romantically attracted to) Jenny. Who do you have the hots for?
- Seems like my new boss is just plain (clearly) stupid. Do you have a co-worker who is just plain stupid?
- Jim always helps me when I am in a jam (in a difficult situation) Who helps you when you are in a jam?
- Lisa wants to tag along (accompany) when we go to the mall. Have you tagged along recently?
- Jack should sit on the sofa and take a load off (relax). Do you need to take a load off?
- It’s not a good idea to thumb a ride (hitchhike) here these days. Do people thumb a ride in your country?
- Last weekend I was able to get my mind off (stop thinking about) work. What do you need to get your mind off?
- Jack trashed (destroyed) his iPhone when he dropped it. Do you know anyone who has trashed their phone?
- The manager was up in arms (upset) when we lost the contract. Has your boss been up in arms recently?
If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!
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