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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


HOUSE, FURNITURE and FITTINGS, page 4

Idioms
from:   'hit the roof'   to:  'chocolate teapot'


  • hit the roof / go through the roof
    • If someone hits the roof or goes through the roof, they become very angry.
      "My father went through the roof when Paul damaged his new car."

  • raise the roof
    • When people raise the roof, they make a lot of noise by cheering, shouting, whistling or clapping their hands.
      "The concert was such a success, the audience raised the roof."

  • sweep (something) under the rug
    • If you sweep something under the rug (or carpet), you try to hide it because it is embarrassing.
      "The family tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug."

  • (have a) brain/memory like a sieve
    • Someone who has a brain (or memory) like a sieve has a very bad memory and forgets things easily.
      "Oh, I forgot to buy the bread - I've got a brain like a sieve these days!"

  • (like) pouring water into a sieve
    • If someone spends time or energy trying to do something that is inefficient or useless, it is like pouring water into a sieve.
      "Danny's mother used to say that teaching him good behaviour was like pouring water into a sieve."

  • born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
    • A person who is born with a silver spoon in their mouth is born into a very rich family.
      "She never has to worry about money; she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth."

  • another string to your bow
    • If you have another string to your bow, you have another skill or possible course of action if everything else fails.
      "As well as her excellent qualifications, she's got another string to her bow to help her find a job. She speaks fluent Chinese."

  • no strings attached
    • An offer 'with no strings attached' is an offer made without conditions or restrictions, and requires nothing in return.
      "I managed to get a loan with no strings attached."

  • put/lay your cards on the table
    • If you put (or lay) your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
      "Let's put our cards on the table and discuss the problem."

  • (a) storm in a teacup
    • To refer to something as a storm in a teacup means that people are making a lot of unnecessary fuss or getting excited about something unimportant.
      "They were arguing about who should go to the supermarket, but it was just a storm in a teacup."

  • as useful as a chocolate teapot
    • Something which is of no practical use at all is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
      "When there are no roads, a car is about as useful as a chocolate teapot!"

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