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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


COUNTRIES, CITIES and NATIONALITIES - page 2

Idioms
from:   'Indian summer'   to:  'young Turk'


  • Indian summer
    • An Indian summer is a period in autumn when the weather is unually warm.
      "The weather is very warm for October - it's an Indian summer!"

  • (a) Mexican standoff
    • A confrontation during which no agreement can be reached between the parties involved is called a Mexican standoff.
      "Apparently there's a Mexican standoff in the talks."

  • bring coals to Newcastle
    • The expression 'bring coals to Newcastle' means to supply something to a place where there is no need for it because it already exists there in great quantities.
      "Exporting salmon to Scandinavia is like bringing coals to Newcastle!"

  • all roads lead to Rome
    • This expression means that multiple methods can be used to reach the same result. There is more than one way to achieve a goal.
      "You can used whatever method you want as long as you meet the deadline. Remember: all roads lead to Rome!"

  • Rome was not built in a day
    • To say that Rome was not built in a day means that you cannot expect to achieve important things in a short period of time.
      "He expects the product to be successful immmediately, but Rome was not built in a day"

  • fiddling while Rome burns
    • To say that someone is fiddling while Rome burns means that they are doing unimportant things while there are serious problems to be dealt with.
      "His visit to the trade fair was 'fiddling while Rome burns' according to the strikers."

  • when in Rome, do as the Romans do
    • This expression means that you should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting and behave in the same way.
      "It's important to respect their customs. When in Rome do as the Romans do."

  • more holes than Swiss cheese
    • If an argument or theory has more holes than Swiss chesse, it has many flaws, is incomplete or lacks important details.
      "His accomplice's version had more holes than Swiss cheese."

  • a young Turk
    • A young Turk is a young rebel or a person who is impatient to introduce changes or reform the system.
      (This expression is frequently heard in politics.).
      "Apparently he was a bit of a young Turk when he was young."

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