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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

HEALTH and FITNESS, page 2

from:   'drop like flies'   to:  '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!"

  • (as) 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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