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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Body idioms

Back - Belly - Stomach

(Idioms :    break your back   →  cast iron stomach )

Back
break your back If you work extremely hard, or put a lot of effort into achieving something, you break your back to do it.
If you want the job done well, you should accept to pay more.  He's not going to break his back for such a low price!
get off my back! If you tell someone to get off your back, you are asking them to stop finding faults or criticizing you.
Liz, please, get off my back!  You've been making comments about my work all morning!
have your back to the wall If you have your back to the wall, you are in serious difficulty.
With his back to the wall, the supplier had to accept the deal.
keep your back covered If you do something in case a problem arises later for which you might be blamed, you keep your back covered.
You'd better make a copy of that letter to keep your back covered.
stab in the back If someone stabs you in the back, they betray you by doing something harmful to you when you thought you could trust them.
His best friend stabbed him in the back by voting against him.
Belly
go belly up If a business or project goes belly up, it is unsuccessful or goes bankrupt.
The restaurant went belly up before the end of the first year.
Stomach
cast iron stomach If you can eat all sorts of food, and drink what you like, without any indigestion, discomfort or bad effects, it can be said that  you have a cast-iron stomach.
I don't know how you can eat that spicy food.  You must have a cast-iron stomach!
   


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