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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


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(page 5 :  nuts  →  hot potato)

go nuts To say that a person has gone nuts means that they have become completely foolish, eccentric or mad.
I think the old lady has gone nuts!  It's very hot today and she's wearing a fur coat!
 olive branch If a person or organisation holds out an olive branch to another, they show that they want to end a disagreement and make peace.
The protesters finally accepted the olive branch extended to them.
can't make an omelette without breaking eggs This expression means that it is impossible to make important changes without causing some unpleasant effects.
Some people will lose their jobs after the merger, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
paid peanuts If you are paid peanuts, you have a very low salary.
Jenny has a very interesting job, but she's paid peanuts. 
go pear-shaped If a plan or project goes pear-shaped, it either goes wrong or it produces an undesirable result.
Jane organised a treasure hunt in the park for the kids but it all went pear-shaped because of the rain.
two peas in a pod To say that two people are like two peas in a pod means that they are very similar in appearance.
It wasn't difficult to identify the brothers - they were like two peas in a pod.
in a pickle If you are in a pickle, you are in a difficult situation and need help.
My car won't start and the trains are on strike today, so I'm in a real pickle!
pie in the sky If an idea or project is pie in the sky, it is completely unrealistic or unlikely to be achieved.
The promise of low-cost housing for everyone turned out to be pie in the sky.
easy as pie If something is easy as pie, it is very easy to do.
"How did the English test go?" "No problem - it was easy as pie."
eat humble pie If you eat humble pie, you are forced to admit that you were wrong and apologize.
After openly criticizing Bill's work, Fred had to eat humble pie when Bill was elected 'salesman of the year'.
pie-eyed Someone who is pie-eyed is completely drunk.
He had never taken an alcoholic drink so after one beer the boy was pie-eyed.
plum job A desirable position which is well-paid and considered relatively easy is called a plum job.
Ideally he'd like to find himself a plum job in New York.
plum in your mouth Someone who speaks with an upper-class accent is said to have a plum in their mouth.
He speaks just like an aristocrat - with a plum in his mouth!
couch potato If you refer to someone as a couch potato, you criticize them for spending a lot of time sitting and watching television.
Don't be such a couch potato. There are better ways of spending your time than in front of the TV.
hot potato A hot potato is a very sensitive and controversial matter which is difficult to deal with.
The new Prime Minister hasn't been confronted with any hot potatoes yet.
   
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