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Today’s expression: “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.”

19 Oct

We all say embarrassing things sometimes. Things that make us look stupid. Things that show some strange opinions. But when you notice that you’re wrong, it’s a good idea to stop talking. Unfortunately some people never notice it, and they continue saying more and more stupid things.

When you’ve said something embarrassing or stupid, we say that you have “dug a hole for yourself”, and you are now in this hole. If you continue to talk, it is like digging even deeper. It becomes more and more difficult to come out of the hole.

Now I’m sure you understand the meaning of this advice: “When you’re in a hole, stop digging”.

when you're in a hole ... stop digging


Today’s expression: “so hungry I could eat a horse”

28 Aug

When you’re really, really hungry, the most common way to express it is by saying “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”.

If you know a similar expression in another language, which animal is used there?

so hungry I could eat a horse

Today’s idiom: “To sweep someone off his/her feet”

6 Aug

To sweep someone off their feet has nothing to do with using a broom. Although, if you get in the way of someone sweeping the floor, this may happen quite literally!

We use the verb “sweep” not only for cleaning, but also for big, fast movements. So “to sweep someone off their feet” means to make someone fall very much in love with you, usually quite suddenly, and usually with some romantic actions.

sweep someone off their feet

Today’s idiom: “Walking on eggshells”

2 May

We all know how easily eggshells can break. Is there someone in your life who gets upset or offended easily? “Walking on eggshells” means to act and speak very carefully, to avoid offending someone.

walking on eggshells

Today’s idiom: “Pull your socks up”

8 Feb

Have you ever been told to “pull your socks up”? This can be quite a confusing instruction, especially if you are barefoot at the time.

Perhaps the boy in the picture should read this explanation and “hit the books”. If he does that, the exam will be “a piece of cake” and he will look like a “smart cookie”.

pull your socks up

Today’s idiom: “Over the hill”

17 Jan

There are many ways to say that someone is old. “Over the hill” is one way to express it, but it means a little bit more than just “old”. It means that you are “too old” for something. For example:

John: “Why did you lose your job as fire fighter?”

Peter: “They said I was over the hill, that I couldn’t climb up a ladder any more. But I’m only 79!”


over the hill

Today’s idiom: “Out of the blue”

3 Jan

You know those situations when something happens completely unexpectedly? In such an event we say that it happened “out of the blue”, as if it fell from the sky.

out of the blue

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