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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


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Idioms
from:   'two left feet'   to:  'zero tolerance'


  • two left feet
    • If you have two left feet, you are clumsy or awkward in your movements.
      "I'm afraid I'm a bad dancer. I've got two left feet!"

  • in two minds
    • If you are in two minds about something, you have difficulty deciding what to do.
      "I'm in two minds about whether or not to accept the offer."

  • it takes two to tango
    • You say this when you think that a difficult situation cannot be the fault of one person alone.
      "We've heard only Fred's side of the story - but it takes two to tango!"

  • (like) two peas in a pod
    • Two people who are like two peas in a pod are very similar in appearance.
      "The two brothers are very alike - they're like two peas in a pod!"

  • in two shakes of a lamb's tail
    • To do something in two shakes of a lamb's tail means to do it very quickly.
      "Wait for me. I'll be ready in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)."

  • two-time someone
    • If one person two-times another, they cheat on their partner by having a romantic relationship with another person at the same time.
      "Sally left Harry when she discovered he was two-timing her."

  • two's company, three's a crowd
    • This is said of two people, particulary lovers, who would prefer to be alone together rather than to have someone else with them.
      "I'd rather not come to the cinema with you, thanks. Two's company ...!"

  • the lesser of two evils
    • If you choose the lesser of two evils, you opt for the less unpleasant of two poor options.
      "I didn't want to go. Choosing the train instead of driving was the lesser of two evils; at least I could relax on the way."

  • no two ways about it
    • To say that there are no two ways about it means that there is only one suitable way of dealing with something.
      "There are no two ways about it. You can't accept the money, so you must give it back."

  • that makes two of us
    • This expression indicates agreement with what has just been said.
      "I found his speech rather boring."  "That makes two of us!"

  • put two and two together
    • To put two and two together means to reach the right conclusion based on what you see or the information you receive.
      "When she saw Jill and Ben holding hands, it wasn't hard to put two and two together!"

  • zero in on something
    • If you zero in on something, you focus all your attention on that particular thing.
      "The boss immediately zeroed in on the sales figures."

  • zero tolerance
    • If an activity or a certain type of behaviour is given zero tolerance, it will not be accepted, not even once.
      "The authorities have announced zero tolerance for smoking in public buildings."

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