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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Body idioms

Blood - Body - Bones

that makes my blood boil! If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really angry.
His condescending attitude made my blood boil!
make your blood run cold If something makes your blood run cold, it shocks or scares you a lot.
The look in the prisoner's eyes made my blood run cold.
blood, sweat and tears A project or action which involves blood, sweat and tears requires a lot of effort and hard work.
His success wasn't due to luck;  it was blood, sweat and tears all the way.
over my dead body This expression is used when you absolutely refuse to allow someone to do something.
"Mum, can I get my nose pierced?" "Over my dead body!"
bag of bones To say that someone is a bag of bones means that they are extremely thin.
When he came home from the war he was a bag of bones.
have a bone to pick with someone If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed with them and want to talk to them about it.
Mark wants to see the boss.  He says he's got a bone to pick with him.
bone of contention A bone of contention is a matter or subject about which there is
a lot of disagreement.
The salaries have been agreed on, but opening on Sundays is still a bone of contention.
make no bones about something If you make no bones about something, you don't hesitate to say something in a frank and open way.
I made no bones about it.   I told him his offer was unacceptable.
throw someone a bone If you throw someone a bone, you say something kind or reward them in some way to make them feel good.
The old man can't help very much but Bill throws him a bone now and then to keep him happy.
work your fingers to the bone A person who works their fingers to the bone is extremely hardworking.
He deserves his success; he worked his fingers to the bone when he started the business.

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