COLD TURKEY – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, QUIT COLD TURKEY / GO COLD TURKEY mean? Today’s idiom is about quitting a bad habit. If you stop that habit at once, not gradually, we can say that you have quit cold turkey or you went cold turkey. John quit smoking cold turkey Ever since Jane stopped drinking cold turkey, she’s been feeling great. If …

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 …