One-Point English Idiom lesson: Early Bird

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Are you an early bird? I was an early bird this morning. An “early bird” is a person who wakes up early in the morning. We have an old expression that says, “An early bird gets the worm” meaning if you are early, you have the chance to get an opportunity. If you are not an early bird, it may be because you are a night owl. A night owl is a person who stays up late! 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: Hit the Hay

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English Idiom – “Hit the hay.” Hay is the kind of dry grass that horses like to eat. In olden days, beds were stuffed with hay, so when we say “hit the hay,” it means “go to sleep.” It’s 1:00am! Time to hit the hay. I need to hit the hay early tonight because I have to leave the house early in the morning. This idiom has the same meaning as “hit the sack.” “Hit the sack” also means “go to sleep.” A sack is a kind of bag and many many years ago it was used to hold rice or beans. So pillows in those days were basically those sacks filled with something soft. So “hit the sack” means, “hit the pillow,” or more simply, “hit the sack” means “go to sleep.”

Business English Idiom Lesson: Get the Ball Rolling

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When you say that you get the ball rolling, it means that you will start doing something. At home, it could mean that you are going to finally begin some project you have been planning: “You have been talking about fixing the roof for a week. It’s time to get the ball rolling!” In business, you can use this expression when you launch a new project” “Let’s get the ball rolling on this new marketing campaign.” 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!

Happy English Idiom Lesson – “My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Stomach” – From New York!

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My eyes are bigger than my stomach. This happens to me sometimes. This morning, we had french toast for breakfast. I took too many slices, and couldn’t finish everything. You may sometimes order in a restaurant or take at home more food than you can actually eat. If so, then your eyes are bigger than your stomach! So be careful…you don’t want to waste food. Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy English Idiom Lesson – “The Cold Shoulder” – From New York!

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It’s 22F (-6C) in NYC today, another cold day in this the coldest winter I can remember. So what better way to start the day than with another “cold” idiom. If you have a disagreement with someone, you may purposely ignore them. Maybe you don’t say hi when they walk into the room. Or maybe you are so upset, you are quite when they are around. So, we can say you are giving them the cold shoulder: – Since the argument we had about their loud music, our neighbors give us the cold shoulder when they see us. – It seems like Tom’s ex-girlfriend is giving all his friends the cold shoulder too. Thanks for not giving me the cold shoulder. I appreciate all of the emails and comments!

18 – On the Back Burner – Business English Idiom Lesson

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 The back burner is the burner in the back of the stove. It doesn’t usually get used so much. So, when you put something on the back burner, something else has a higher priority. This is an idiom we can use in both business and in everyday life: – I was called in to a meeting by my boss, so my work has to be put on the back burner. – Sam got so busy travelling for work, he put going to the… gym on the back burner. Have you put something on the back burner recently?

17 – Snow Job! – English Idiom Lesson

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If someone gives you a snow job, it means they are saying something which is insincere or untrue. Sorry, but used car salesmen are notorious for doing this!  The pattern is “give [someone] a snow job.” – I knew the used car salesman was giving me a snow job about that old Ford, so I didn’t buy it – Don’t give me a snow job! Just tell me where you went last night! I hope you can stay warm on this snowy day and don’t let anyone give you a snow job!