Informal English Vocabulary, Idioms – A – M
Here you will find idioms and other useful phrases.
|Peggy is about to leave.
|We booked the tickets in advance.
|alive and kicking
|I love Berlin. It's alive and kicking.
|all of a sudden
|I went out in the sun. Then, all of a sudden, it started to rain.
|all over the place
|There are environmental problems all over the place.
|to go from bad to worse
|My marks went from bad to worse last term.
|to bag sth.
|Tom bagged this special offer at an online-shop.
|Mark is too beat-up to play tennis this evening.
|to do the best
|He always does his best.
|Don't listen to him, he's a blabber.
|to blag sth.
|Once in a while young Tim blags his father's cigarettes.
|What a bloody day!
|to be blue
|She's been feeling blue all day.
|a closed book
|A bouncer's task is to keep out those who might cause trouble.
|bowl of cherries
|Marriage it's not always bowls of cherries.
|I can't go to the cinema with you, I'm broke.
|to brush up on sth.
|I have to brush up on my Spanish.
|You can buy a DVD player for less than 100 bucks.
|You're a pain in the butt.
|Parachuting gives me a real buzz.
|Buzz off! I have told you not to come to my place anymore.
|a close call
|I had a close call. A stone almost hit me!
|like cat and dog
|to catch sth.
|Sorry, I didn't quite catch your telephone number.
|to catch (a) cold
|I walked out in the rain, so I caught (a) cold.
|not to have a clue
|I don't have a clue about repairing the faucet.
|Come off it!
|Come off it! This isn't the truth.
|as far as I'm concerned
|As far as I'm concerned, I'd like to watch the film.
|A big crowd of cops gathered in front of the Bank of England.
|Mother really liked corner shosp when she was a child.
|Many pupils have to go to a cram school in the afternoon.
|I'd not buy the new TV on credit.
|Mr Brown made big cuts of $500 million.
|I hate going through that damned rush hour.
|to drive like the devil
|to dig in one's heels
|If you take or express an opinion and refuse to change it, you dig in your heels.
|to disrespect sb.
|Poor people shouldn't be disrespected.
|to do one's best
|He does his best to fix the car.
|to do someone good
|Let's go on a holiday. The sun will do us good.
|to do without
|If there's no milk for the tea, it'll do without.
|Down under will be my next destination.
|to be up to one's ears
|Sorry, I can't go out with you. I'm up to my ears in work.
|to eat like a horse
|to eat like a pig
|every now and then
|Every now and then I play the piano.
|He comes to me every other week.
|to see eye to eye
|World Bank and IMF see eye to eye on Asia
|Fair enough! Let's go out for dinner tonight.
|Especially fiddles are necessary to play folk music.
|to keep the fingers crossed
|I have to see the doctor for a checkup. - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
|The old lady loves a flutter on the slot machine.
|We all are fond of the Irish folk.
|I was lucky. I got this CD for free.
|Ron freaked out when he heard that Peter had broken his car.
|Butter must be kept in the fridge.
|to get a lot of stick
|In his new job Jack gets a lot of stick.
|to get cold feet
|He wanted to speak to the boss, but he didn't. He got cold feet.
|to get fed up with sth.
|They get fed up with their neighbour's parties.
|to get rid of sth.
|We have to get rid of that old car.
|to get sth.
|Jason, did you finally get your exercise?
|to take sth. for granted
|I took it for granted the meeting was on Tuesday.
|I'd rather starve instead of eating at a greasy spoon.
|This cocktail tastes greasy spoon.
|Jennifer fell in love with the guy from the supermarket.
|You'd better go now.
|on the other hand
|Sue likes pop music, on the other hand she doesn't like discos.
|to give a hand
|Can you give me a hand with the cupboard?
|Building our house has been a hard graft.
|My brother has to learn the poem by heart.
|Molly always knows what's hip.
|to hold s.o.'s horses
|›Hold your horses‹, I said when John began to leave the room.
|to be hooked on sth.
|Bill is hooked on car racing.
|to jump down sb.'s throat
|The boss jumped down my throat because I was late for work.
|What has happened? You look so knackered.
|to keep an eye on sth./sb.
|Will you keep an eye on my baby?
|little by little
|Andrew had an accident while playing ice-hockey. Little by little he begins to walk.
|to look forward to sb.
|I look forward to my holidays in Rome.
|to make ends meet
|She's been out of work for years. How can she make ends meet with four children?
|to make friends easily
|Chris makes friends easily.
|to make oneself at home
|Come in, please. Make youreself at home.
|to make the most
|Let's make the most of the last day of our holidays.
|to make up one's mind
|Did you make up your mind to buy a new computer?
|I love Grandma's homemade mash.
|What's the matter?
|You look sad. What's the matter? with you?
|to be mean
|Grandfather is mean with money.
|to meet sb. halfway
|I don't like his ideas, but I can imagine that we should meet halfway.
|to mess around
|The clown messed around to make the children laugh.
|to mess up
|Sandy has really messed up this time.
Thanks to Alina, Elisabeth and Friedrich.