English Idiom Lesson “Get a Kick Out Of” @HappyEnglishNY

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When you really enjoy something or someone, you can say that you get a kick out of it or them. -I get a kick out of watching my dog eat an oreo -I got a kick out of that comedian on TV. You should check him out. You can also say get a bang out of [something] -Keep telling those funny stories. Everyone gets a bang out of you. What do you get a kick out of? 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!

One-Point English Idiom lesson: Run Into

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When you’re out somewhere and you unexpectedly see someone you know, you can say that you ran into them. To run into someone means you meet someone you know by chance. The structure is run into + [someone]: – I ran into my cousin Tom at the mall. – We ran into Lucy’s mom yesterday. It’s been years since we have seen her. Who have you run into lately? 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!

Idiom Lesson “feel no pain” From Happy English NY

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T.G.I.F! Since it’s Friday, and this is the day when many people tend to go out and party, I thought we can look at another drinking-related expression. If you are feeling no pain, it means you are drunk. Pay attention to the structure. We use [to be] + feeling no pain:      – After a few beers, Tommy was feeling no pain last night.      – Are you ok? You look like you are feeling no pain! When was the last time you were feeling no pain?

Idiom Lesson “Call it a day” From Happy English NY!

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Sometimes you’ll work hard on a project, and even though it’s not finished, you are finished working on it for the day. You plan to continue working another time. In this case, you can “call it a day.” How do we use this idiom? First of all, please use all four words exactly like this: “call it a day.” The only exception is you can change the tense of the verb “call” like this: -We called it a day at 3:00pm -Shall we call it a day now? You can’t change the pronoun “it” – this idiom is a fixed expression. In general, we would make a statement about our work and then after that we will use “call it a day.” Here are some more examples: -We’ve repainted 3 rooms so far. Let’s call it a day and do the rest tomorrow. -The construction workers always call it a day around 4pm. -This was a long meeting. Let’s call it a day and go have lunch. What time will you call it a day today?

Idiom Lesson “Get Lost!” From Happy English NYC!

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Today’s idiom is both an idiom and slang. When you tell someone to “get lost,” you are telling them to “go away.” -I’m studying right now. Get lost! -Lindsey told the reporter to get lost. -Why don’t you kids go outside for a while and get lost. I want to relax for a while (Mom said to her kids) There is one more similar expression with the same meaning – “Go fly a kite.” This also means go away, but it is a bit old fashioned English and not really used so much anymore. Have you wanted to tell someone to get lost 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!

Idiom Lesson “Three sheets to the wind” From Happy English New York!

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After a few cocktails, or beers, you may be three sheets to the wind. Have you heard this idiom? Three sheets to the wind means drunk. This idiom comes from the olden days of sailing. The word “sheet” on a sailboat refers to the ropes that are used to hold and adjust the sails. If the “sheets” on the boat are loose and flapping in the wind, then the sails will flap about, much like a drunken sailor. Thus, the expression three sheets to the wind came to mean being drunk. The structure is very clear. Use the expression “three sheets to the wind” the same way you use the word drunk: – After two bottles of wine last night, Lori was three sheets to the wind. (Lori was drunk) – You look like you are three sheets to the wind. You’d better not drive. (You look like you are drunk) We do not use this expression as an adjective, so you can’t say, “Look at that three sheets to the wind guy.” When was the last time you were three sheets to the wind? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not …

Idiom Lesson “Chew The Fat” From Happy English New York!

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English Idiom: There are all kinds of conversations from very serious to very light. When you have a light, friendly chat with someone, you can say that you are chewing the fat with them. In terms of structure, “chew the fat” is used as a verb:  – We used to meet at the coffee shop and chew the fat for hours  – Ben and Jerry are always chewing the fat when they are drinking beer. Do you like to chew the fat? Leave a comment and let us know!

English slang lesson “bonehead” From Happy English New York!

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English Slang on Saturday: Bonehead is a word (noun) we use to describe a person who is particularly stupid, foolish, or unthinking. -Brad is such a bonehead. He always parks his car in front of my driveway. -What a bonehead! Why are you walking your dog where the sign says “no dogs?” We can also use bonehead as an adjective to describe a stupid or foolish action. -I left my keys in my office again. What a bonehead thing to do! Do you know someone who is a bonehead?

Idiom Lesson “Eager Beaver” From Happy English New York!

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When you see a beaver building a dam or a nest, they seem to be very enthusiastic about doing the task. When a person is very eager to work on something, or on the job, we say he or she is an eager beaver. -Frank is always the first person in the office in the morning and the last one out in the evening. He is such an eager beaver he will probably get a promotion. -Alice was an always an eager beaver in school. Her teachers loved her for her hard work and enthusiasm. Do you know someone who is an eager beaver? 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!

Idiom Lesson “For the birds” From Happy English New York!

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English Idiom: For the birds. If something is “for the birds, then it is uninteresting, dull, or stupid. The structure is [something] is for the birds. – That movie was for the birds, don’t bother seeing it. – Yeah, I read that book. It was for the birds. – The carnival had an attraction called “The Snake-man,” but it was for the birds. Be careful! I sometimes hear students use this idiom incorrectly like this: “That movie was for the birds for me” or “That movie was for the birds to me.” We do not need to mention ourself like that. It sounds funny. If you say something is for the birds, we know how you feel! Have you see a movie read a book, or gone to an attraction recently that was for the birds?