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Best English Idioms about Life

Best English Idioms about Life

Increase your vocabulary by learning these 20 common English idioms about life:

Best English Idioms about Life

Best English Idioms about Life

Best English Idioms about Life – Interactive Test

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Definitions:

sth= something, sby = somebody

1. a quiet life  >  a life free of arguments and problems

2. be another one of life’s great mysteries  >  be something else [usually trivial] I do not know

3. be the life and soul of the party  >  be sby who is entertaining at social gatherings

4. do sth as if your life depended on it  >  do sth very hurriedly and with great urgency

5. get a life!  >  don’t be so boring! / don’t be ridiculous!

6. get a new lease of life  >  get new energy and enthusiasm

7. get the shock of your life  >  be very shocked

8. have the time of your life  >  have a fantastic time

9. hold on for dear life  >  hold on very tightly

10. it’s a dog’s life  >  it’s a hard life being taken for granted by others

11. it’s the story of my life  >  this always or usually happens to me

12. money can’t buy you happiness  >  having money does not guarantee happiness

13. not be able to do sth to save your life  >  be very bad at a particular task

14. study at the university of life  >  learn from life experience rather than formal education

15. be the light of sby’s life  >  be the most beloved person in sby’s life

16. that’s life  >  that’s a disappointment but you have to accept it

17. the best things in life are free  >  you don’t need money to have a good time

18. this is the life!  >  what a great time I’m having!

19. variety is the spice of life  >  it is good to have variety from time to time

20. when life gives you lemons, make lemonade  >  when in a bad situation, use it to your advantage


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50 Best English Idioms about Sport

50 Best English Idioms about Sport

Increase your vocabulary by learning these 50 common English idioms about Sport:

50 Best English Idioms about Sport

50 Best English Idioms about Sport

Using English Idioms about Sport – Quiz

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General:
be / get off to a flying start       start well
be a good sport       take a joke well
blow the competition away       win big
meet your match       meet sby who is your equal
no sweat       no problem
play to win       be serious about winning
stay ahead of the game       be forward-thinking
take sides       decide to help sby instead of another

Baseball:
be in a league of your own       be uniquely talented
drop the ball       make a mistake
hit it out of the park       be really successful
touch base with sby       meet sby to talk

Boxing:
be a heavy hitter       be a very successful person
be a lightweight       not be able to drink much alcohol
come out fighting       try really hard to achieve sth
have sby in your corner       have supporters
hit sby below the belt       hurt sby where they are weak
roll with the punches       accept what life gives you
saved by the bell       sby / sth stops a negative situation
take it on the chin       accept a hard situation bravely
that was a low blow       that was an unfair remark
the gloves are off       we’re saying what we really think
throw in the towel       quit

Cricket:
be stumped       not know how to proceed

Football:
be on the ball       be alert
be out of your league       be too good for you
get the ball rolling       start
have an early bath       leave early
it’s a funny old game       life is strange
it’s a game of two halves       there is still time to win
keep your eye on the ball       focus on what’s happening
move the goalposts       change the original terms

Golf:
be par for the course       be normal / standard

Horse Racing:
be a two-horse race       be a competition between two
be neck and neck       be equal during a competition
go down to the wire       finish just before the deadline
win by a nose       win very narrowly
win hands down       win by a large margin

Running:
be the front runner for sth       be the main candidate
get a head start       start before the others
go the distance       finish sth, e.g. a big project

Sailing:
be plain sailing       be effortless
get a second wind       get new enthusiasm for sth

Shooting:
be a big shot       be powerful and successful
be a long shot       a goal that is unlikely to succeed
give sth your best shot       try your best
call the shots       tell people what to do

Swimming:
it’s sink or swim       it’s time to fail or succeed
keep your head above water       avoid total failure

Tennis:
the ball is in your court       it’s your decision


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