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 …

PSYCHED – An American Idiom Lesson

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PSYCHED What does it means when someone says, “I’m psyched!” Well, when you are psyched, you are looking forward to doing something and you are really excited about it. You can say that you are psyched about (doing) something or psyched to do something. psyched about [noun]: I’m psyched about the party tomorrow. It’s going to be great! psyched about …

To Be SPENT – An American Idiom Lesson

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To Be SPENT When you are spent, you are exhausted. You can be physically spent or mentally spent. I’ve been studying for 4 hours. I’m totally spent. After working in the garden all day I was spent. How about you? When was the last time you were spent? Leave a comment below and let us know!

SNOWED UNDER – An American Idiom Lesson

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SNOWED UNDER When you are snowed under, you have a lot of work to do. In fact, snowed under gives us the idea that it’s more work than you can handle. Students are snowed under with studying for final exams. We have a big project to finish this month at the office and I am snowed under with work! How …

ON THE HOUSE – An American Idiom Lesson

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ON THE HOUSE What does the idiom, on the house mean? When you get something on the house , you get it for free. On the house means that the restaurant gives you something for free. We generally use on the house when we talk about restaurants. I was so happy because the waiter brought us a bottle of wine …

FOR A SONG – An American Idiom Lesson

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FOR A SONG What does the idiom, to get something for a song mean? When you get something for a song, you are able to buy it for a low or discounted price. The nuance is that instead of paying money for something, I just needed to pay for that with my singing! I got it for a song! (OK, …

TO SAW WOOD – An American Idiom Lesson

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What does it mean to saw wood? Let’s learn this American idiom today! When you use a saw to cut wood, the noise that the saw makes is loud and rough. We think that this sound, the sawing sound, resembles the sound people make when they snore. (Snore is the sound that people make when they sleep.) So, when you …