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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Idioms for Knowledge and understanding

1.       get the hang of something - If you get the hang of an activity, you learn how to do it well.
Example - After a few months you will start getting the hang of the language and expressing yourself quite well.

2.       get the picture - If you get the picture, you understand what is happening in a situation.
This expression is often used when someone does not understand something immediately.
Example - Anna was giggling. She was beginning to get the picture.

3.       get the wrong end of the stick or get hold of the wrong end of the stick - If someone gets the wrong end of the stick or gets hold of the wrong end of the stick, they completely misunderstand a situation or something that is said.
Example - Did I get hold of the wrong end of the stick? Was that not what he meant?

4.       get your head around something or get your head round something - If you get your head around a fact or an idea, you succeed in understanding it or accepting it.
Example - At first people laughed at me because they simply could not get their head around what I was telling them. It's hard to get your head round figures this big.

5.       go in one ear and out the other - If something that you tell someone goes in one ear and out the other, they pay no attention to it, or forget about it immediately.
Example - I've told him so many times - it just goes in one ear and out the other.

6.       a grey area - If you call something a grey area, you mean that it is unclear, for example because nobody is sure how to deal with it, or it falls between two separate categories of things.
Example - Tabloid papers paint all sportsmen as heroes or villains. There is no grey area in between.

7.       not have a clue - If you do not have a clue about something, you do not know anything about it, or you have no idea what to do about it.
Example - I don't have a clue what I'm supposed to be doing.

8.       put two and two together
If you put two and two together, you correctly guess the truth about something from the information that you have.
Example - He put two and two together and guessed what the police were searching for.
Note:  You can say that someone puts two and  two together and makes five, to mean that they guess something more exciting or interesting than the truth.
Example - Mr Lane's solicitor said that the police had put two and two together and made five.

9.       read between the lines
If you read between the lines, you understand what someone really means, or what is really happening in
a situation, even though it is not stated openly.
Example - He didn't go into details, but reading between the lines it appears that he was forced to leave.
Note:  You can also talk about what is b etw een the lines.
Example - He didn't give a reason, but I sensed something between the lines.

10.   take something on board
If you take an idea, suggestion, or fact on board, you understand it or accept it.
Note:  The literal meaning of this expression is to take something onto a boat or ship.
Example - I listened to them, took their comments on board, and then made the decision.

11.   up to speed - If you are up to speed, you have all the latest information about something.
Example - We try to keep people entertained and up to speed with what's going on in town.
Note:  Y o u can say that you bring someone up to speed, o r that they get up to speed when you give them all the latest information about something .
Example - I guess I should bring you up to speed on what's been happening since I came to see you yesterday. The president has been getting up to speed on foreign policy.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

50 Common IELTS Idioms ( 41-50 )

41. have a change of heart means "change a previous decision"
Example: I thought I would change jobs, but now that my boss is treating me with more respect, I've had a change of heart.

42. have mixed feelings about something means "to be uncertain"
Example: I have mixed feelings about Joe. He's a very good teacher, but he has a very strange sense of humor!

43. head out for means "to start on a long trip" (but it could be within a big city)
Example: We're heading out for the countryside to pick some apples. Would you like to join us?

44. How come? means "Why?"
Example: How come we don't go to the movies any more? I guess we're too busy to enjoy ourselves these days.

45. keep in touch (or "stay in touch") means "do not stop communicating - send letters or call sometimes"
Example: Don't forget to keep in touch. I want to know how you're doing while you're away.

46. be kidding means "to joke or tease someone in a playful way"
Example: No, I don't really have three wives - I was just kidding!

47. look down on means "think somone or something is not good enough"
Example: We shouldn't look down on people just because they don't have as much money as we do.

48. make ends meet (often used negatively) means "to have enough money to buy everything we need"
Example: Even though I make more money than last year, we just can't seem to make ends meet.

49. miss the boat means "to miss an opportunity"
Example: The sale ends today at noon. If we don't hurry, we're going to miss the boat!

50. next to nothing means "to cost very little"
Example: I went to the new discount store and bought these new shoes for only five dollars. That's next to nothing!

Idioms 41 - 50

50 Common IELTS Idioms ( 31-40 )

31. cost an arm and a leg means "very expensive"
Example: I'd really like a new car, but they all cost an arm and a leg.

32. to cram means "to study hard a few days before a test"
Example: If you had studied hard for the past four months, you wouldn't have to cram so much this weekend.

33. fresh out of something means "to have no more of something"
Example: I have to go buy some more milk. It seems we're fresh out now.

34. to get it (often negative) means "to understand"
Example: What did the teacher say? I didn't get it. Did you?

35. got a minute? means "Do you have time right now?"
Example: Hey, Joe, got a minute? I have something to show you.

36. give someone a hand means "help someone"
Example: Could you give me a hand moving this table? It's quite heavy.

37. grab a bite to eat means "quickly go get something to eat"
Example: I'm going to go grab a bite. I'll be back in a few minutes.

38. drive someone up a wall (or "drive someone crazy") means "to make someone very angry"
Example: My neighbor practices the piano every night, but he's terrible. It's driving me up the wall!

39. to hang on means "to wait"
Example: Hang on a few minutes. I have to make a phone call and then I'll be able to join you for lunch.

40. hard headed means "stubborn" or "unwilling to change an opinion or idea
Example: I can't work with Joe any more. He's so hard headed!

50 Common IELTS Idioms ( 21-30 )

21. sleep on it means "think about something before making a decision"
Example: That sounds like a good deal, but I'd like to sleep on it before I give you my final decision.

22. take it easy means "relax"
Example: I don't have any special plans for the summer. I think I'll just take it easy.

23. to get the ball rolling means "start something, especially something big"
Example: We need to get this project started as soon as possible. I'm hoping you will help me get the ball rolling.

24. up to the minute means "the most recent information"
Example: I wish I knew more about what is happening in the capital city. We need more up to the minute news.

25. twenty-four/seven means "every minute of every day, all the time"
Example: You can access our web site 24/7. It's very convenient!

26. all of a sudden means "unexpectedly", used to describe something that happens very quickly
Example: He had just gone to bed when all of a sudden the phone rang.

27. be all ears means "eager and ready to listen"
Example: Go ahead and speak. I'm all ears!

28. be fed up with means "to hate something now, even though I may have liked it before"
Example: I'm fed up with my job! I think I should start looking for a new one.

29. to bug means "to bother someone". (American English)
Example: Hey, stop tapping your fingers. It's really bugging me!

30. a cinch means something that is very easy to do
Example: I didn't think I could run five kilometers, but with the right preparation, it was a cinch

50 Common IELTS Idioms ( 11-20 )

11. in ages means "for a very long time"
Example: Have you seen Joe recently? I haven't seen him in ages.

12. give someone a hand means "help"
Example: I want to move this desk to the next room. Can you give me a hand?

13. hit the hay means "go to bed" (also "hit the sack")
Example: It's after 12 o'clock. I think it's time to hit the hay.

14. in the black means "the business is making money, it is profitable"
Example: Our business is really improving. We've been in the black all year.

15. in the red means "the business is losing money, it is unprofitable"
Example: Business is really going poorly these days. We've been in the red for the past three months.

16. in the nick of time means "not too late, but very close!"
Example: I got to the drugstore just in the nick of time. It's a good thing, because I really need this medicine!

17. keep one's chin up means "remain brave and keep on trying"
Example: I know things have been difficult for you recently, but keep your chin up. It will get better soon.

18. know something like the back of your hand means "know something very, very well"
Example: If you get lost, just ask me for directions. I know this part of town like the back of my hand

19. once in a while means "sometimes, not very often"
Example: Have you been to the new movie theater? No, only see movies once in a while. I usually stay home and watch TV.

20. sharp means "exactly at that time"
Example: I'll meet you at 9 o'clock sharp. If you're late, we'll be in trouble!

50 Common IELTS Idioms