PHRASE OF THE DAY- Daily (M-F)

Deporte, Gimnasia, Rana, Gracioso, Gimnasio, AjustarA phrase a day, keeps your English in shape.

October

The nitty-gritty

The basic facts.

“I’ll give you a brief overview before getting down into the nitty-gritty.” 

23/10/2020

A night owl

Someone who is more active at night than during the day.

“They couldn’t have different rhythms. She is a morning person while he is a night owl.”

22/10/2020

Can’t make head nor tail of

You can’t understand it.

“After reading his poem several times, I still couldn’t make head nor tail of it.”

21/10/2020

A needle in a haystack

If you think something is exceedingly difficult to find you could say that it is like trying to find or looking for a needle in a haystack.

“We would need hours to find that tiny ear-ring you lost in the street. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

20/10/2020

Get off to a good start

To begin something well

“I didn’t get off to a very good start by arriving late on the first day.”

19/10/2020

On top of the world

Extremely happy

“The prospect of seeing her again made him feel on top of the world.”

16/10/2020

Speak for yourself

Use this expression if you want to distance yourself from another person’s comment in which they included you,

“We found the movie terribly disappointing.” “Speak for yourself! I thought it was quite entertaining and uplifting.”

15/10/2020

On your toes

If something or someone keeps you on your toes, you are forced to stay alert and prepared for something that might happen.

“Having such an unpredictable boss keeps us on our toes.

14/10/2020

No pain, no gain

In order to obtain real benefits, one must make an effort.

“If you want to excel in English, you will have to do more than attend lessons. Homework is part of the process. No pain, no gain.

13/10/2020

Every Tom, Dick and Harry

Anyone. Random people. 

“Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to win the lottery, but with that bring them happiness?.

09/10/2020

Have up your sleeve

Keep an idea or strategy secret, ready for use when needed.

“Amateur teachers were told to always have an activity up their sleeve in case the lesson plan didn’t work or they run out of material.

08/10/2020

You can’t beat

There is nothing better.

“When it comes to “tapas”, you can’t beat a good Spanish omelette.

07/10/2020

Not (your) strong point

If something is not your strong point, you don’t possess that ability.

“I’ll try to help you with the homework but physics is not my strong point so you might to end up asking someone else.

06/10/2020

Live in a dream world

To have unrealistic ideas of the world that surrounds you.

“You are living in a dream world, and I don’t think we can have a meaningful conversation until you see reality for what it is.

05/10/2020

Right up your street (UK)

Right up your alley (US)

If something is right up your street, it is the type of thing you are interested in.

“Why don’t we go to that folk festival in Whitby? It looks right up your street.

02/10/2020

It beats me (slang)

I don’t get it.

“It beats me how he manages to tell blatant lies and get away with it.

01/10/2020

 

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