Idioms

Idiom: In a state

In a state, particularly in British English, is used informally for a couple of situations. When someone becomes nervous or upset, they are in a state: Nervous: She gets herself into a real state worrying about her exams. Upset: James has been in a terrible state since his girlfriend broke up with him. State is also used casually to ...
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Month Idioms

January It’ll be a long day in January Use it to describe something that will never happen. When hell freezes over has the same meaning. It’ll be a long day in January when you beat me at tennis. March Mad as a March hare Acting crazy. Hares, which look like rabbits, just around and act crazy during ...
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3 Beach Idioms

Do you recognise these three beach idioms? Beach bum A young man who is always on the beach is a beach bum. A beach bunny is often used for females. He’s turned into a real beach bum since he moved to California. Life’s a beach When you are very happy because your life is going well, life’s a beach. ...
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Month Idioms

January It’ll be a long day in January Use it to describe something that will never happen. When hell freezes over has the same meaning. It’ll be a long day in January when you beat me at tennis. March Mad as a March hare Acting crazy. Hares, which look like rabbits, just around and act crazy during ...
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Idioms

3 Beach Idioms

Do you recognise these three beach idioms? Beach bum A young man who is always on the beach is a beach bum. A beach bunny is often used for females. He’s turned into a real beach bum since he moved to California. Life’s a beach When you are very happy because your life is going well, life’s a beach. ...
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Drive Idioms

In the driving seat When you are in the driving seat, you are in control of a situation. “During negotiations, he felt he was in the driving seat.” The driving force The driving force behind someone or something is the person or thing that motivates and directs it. “His wife was the real driving force behind his success.” ...
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Idiom: Collecting Dust

This cartoon is based on the idiom collecting dust. If something is collecting (or gathering) dust, it isn’t being used any more. Dust is the fine dirt that builds up on surfaces that have not recently been cleaned. Objects become dusty if they are not used for a long time. Examples: My brother bought an expensive ...
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