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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Health - Fitness

(Idioms, page 2 :    drop like flies   →  new lease of life )

drop like flies If people drop like flies, they fall ill or die in large  numbers.
There's a 'flu epidemic right now.  Senior citizens are dropping like flies.
hit the dust The expression hit the dust is a humorous way of referring to death.
You can have my computer when I hit the dust!
fit as a fiddle  A person who is as fit as a fiddle is in an excellent state of health or physical condition.
My grandfather is nearly ninety but he's as fit as a fiddle.
frog in one's throat A person who has a frog in their throat has difficulty in speaking clearly because they have a cough or a sore throat.
Teaching was difficult today.  I had a frog in my throat all morning.
hair of the dog that bit you Using as a remedy a small amount of what made you ill, for example a drop of alcohol when recovering from drinking too much, is called 'a hair of the dog that bit you'.
Here, have a drop of this.  It's a hair of the dog that bit you!
hale and hearty Someone, especially an old person, who is hale and hearty is in excellent health.
My grandmother is still hale and hearty in spite of her age.
have a hangover To have a hangover means to suffer from the unpleasant after-effects of drinking too much alcohol.
Many young people have a hangover after a party or celebration.
hard of hearing If someone is hard of hearing, they can't hear very well.
You'll have to speak louder to Mr. Jones.  He's a bit hard of hearing.
keep body and soul together If someone is able to keep body and soul together, they manage to survive.
He was unemployed and homeless, but somehow he managed to keep body and soul together.
land of the living This is a humorous way of saying that someone is still alive.
Hi there!  Glad to see you're still in the land of the living!
on one's last legs If you are on your last legs, you are in a very weak condition or about to die.
I was so sick that I felt as though I was on my last legs!
living on borrowed time This expression refers to a period of time after an illness or accident which could have caused death.
After heart surgery, many patients feel that they're living on borrowed time.
look the picture of health To look the picture of health means to look extremely healthy.
Nice to see you again Mr. Brown. I must say you look the picture of health.
meet your maker This expression is used to say (often humorously) that someone has died.
Poor old Mr. Potter has gone to meet his maker.
on the mend If someone or something is on the mend, they are improving after an illness or a difficult period.
My mother caught the 'flu but she's on the mend now.
new lease of life A person who has a new lease of life has a chance to live longer or with greater enjoyment or satisfaction.
Moving closer to his children has given him a new lease of life.
   
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