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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

HEALTH and FITNESS, page 3

from:   'go under the knife'   to:  '(be) run down'

  • go under the knife
    • If a person goes under the knife, they have surgery.
      "I'm not worried about the anaesthetic. I've been under the knife several times"

  • one foot in the grave
    • A person who is either very old or very ill and close to death has one foot in the grave.
      "It's no use talking to the owner. The poor man has one foot in the grave."

  • one's number is up
    • To say that one's number is up means that either a person is in serious difficulty or the time has come when they will die.
      "His health is declining rapidly so it looks as if his number is up!"

  • out of sorts
    • If someone is out of sorts, they are upset and irritable or not feeling well.
      "The baby is out of sorts today. Perhaps he's cutting a tooth."

  • (have) pins and needles
    • To have pins and needles is to have a tingling sensation in a part of the body, for example an arm or a leg, when it has been in the same position for a long time.
      "I lay curled up for so long that I had pins and needles in my legs."

  • in the pink of health
    • If you are in the pink of health, you are in excellent physical condition.
      "Caroline looks in the pink of health after her holiday."

  • pop one's clogs
    • This is a euphemistic way of saying that a person is dead.
      "Nobody lives in that house since old Roger popped his clogs."

  • (the) prime of one's life
    • The prime of one's life is the time in a person's life when they are in their best physical condition.
      "At the age of 75, the singer is not exactly in the prime of his life!"

  • pull through
    • If you pull through, you recover from a serious illness.
      "Doris had to undergo heart surgery but she pulled through."

  • pushing up the daisies
    • To say that someone is pushing up the daisies means that they are dead.
      "Old Johnny Barnes? He's been pushing up the daisies for over 10 years!"

  • racked with pain
    • When someone is suffering from severe pain, they are racked with pain.
      "The soldier was so badly injured that he was racked with pain."

  • ready to drop
    • Someone who is ready to drop is nearly too exhausted to stay standing.
      "I've been shopping all day with Judy. I'm ready to drop!"

  • recharge one's batteries
    • When you recharge your batteries, you take a break from a tiring or stressful activity in order to relax and recover your energy.
      "Sam is completely overworked. He needs a holiday to recharge his batteries."

  • (as) right as rain
    • If someone is (as) right as rain, they are in excellent health or condition.
      "I called to see my grandmother thinking she was ill, but she was right as rain."

  • (be) run down
    • A person who is run down is in poor physical condition.
      "The old lady is completely run down from lack of proper food."

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