Idioms are an important part of any language specially English. Whether you are learning Intermediate English or Advanced English, whether you want to learn American or British English, learning idioms is an important aspect.
Think of how often you use idioms in your own native language. Very often, right? Idioms make language more beautiful. Whether you are writing an office email or doing a business presentation, using idioms can make you look eloquent and explain your point better. Idioms can make your message more interesting and polished. And sometimes, especially when doing business, you have to communicate to impress as much as to express!
Here’s our list for today! These idioms are perfect for intermediate English learners who want to expand their vocabulary further. Remember, don’t try to memorize all of these and use them all next time you speak with someone. That will be overkill! (that’s a bonus 11th idiom for you – overkill means too much of something) Rather learn one or two a week and slowly start using them when speaking English.
E.g. whatever you do, don’t do anything to rattle his cage!
E.g. I’m not going to get in to the weeds today but let me know if you want me to walk you through that later.
E.g. Launching the advertisement is where the rubber hits the road. Until then, everything is just speculation.
E.g. Bob Dylan is no spring chicken anymore but he still makes great music.
E.g. Gina wanted to test the waters before opening the restaurant. So she started a food truck.
E.g. By winning the tournament, the team finally got the monkey off its back.
E.g. The big lay-offs were the elephant in the room, but no one wanted to discuss it in the meeting.
The teacher bent over backwards to help her students but the students put in very little effort from their side.
E.g. The agreement is not yet set in stone
E.g. John wanted to wait till the ink was dry on the agreement to make the announcement.
As I mentioned before, don’t worry if these idioms don’t come to you naturally when you speak in English. But when you get more chances to practice English with native speakers, try to use these, whether it is oral or written communications. You will turn in to an advanced English speaker from an intermediate English speaker in no time!
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