FOR THE BIRDS – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, FOR THE BIRDS mean? When something is FOR THE BIRDS, then it is uninteresting, dull, or stupid. We use the structure, [something] is for the birds. Keep in mind, we use this idiom to describe things, not people! That movie was for the birds, don’t bother seeing it. Yeah, I read that book. It was for …

A GOOD EGG – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, A GOOD EGG mean? When someone is A GOOD EGG, then that person is good-natured, friendly, or kind. We use the structure, [someone] is a good egg. Kevin is such a good egg that everyone wants to be friends with him. You made chicken soup for me? What a good egg! Kim volunteers at the local …

GET WITH THE PROGRAM – American English Idiom Lesson

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey! Get with the program!” This is an interesting idiom in American English and today, let’s have a look at what it means and how you can use it in your everyday English conversation. The first meaning we will look at is pay attention to what’s happening now in the news or pop culture. …

PAY AN ARM AND A LEG – American Idiom Lesson

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When you feel that something is very expensive….or even too expensive, you can describe that feeling with an idiom: To Pay An Arm And A Leg. Imagine that something is so expensive that you can only pay by giving one or two of your body parts! That would be something very expensive! You can say that you pay an arm …

FISHY – An American Idiom Lesson

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FISHY What does it mean when someone says that something is fishy? Well, when fish is not fresh, it has a bad smell. We can’t trust or believe that the fish is fresh if it smells bad. So the idiom fishy means that the thing you heard is probably not true. Something that is fishy is suspicious. I think Tommy’s …

GET THE BOOT – An American Idiom Lesson

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GET THE BOOT What does it mean when someone says get the boot? Well, the idiom, get the boot means to be forced to leave some place. We often use get the boot to mean to get fired from a job, but it can be used in other situations. If you don’t reach your sales target by the end of …

BUGS – An American Idiom Lesson

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IT BUGS ME! What does it mean when someone says that something bugs them? Well, bug is another word for insect, you know, like a spider or a fly. Well, for many people, those small creatures are annoying, right? So we use the word bug as a verb to mean “to be bothered or annoyed.” My neighbor plays loud music …