Use any five of the following idioms in your sentences: That advertising slogan really took the cake. This expression alludes to a contest called a cakewalk, in which a cake is the prize.
Its figurative use, for something either excellent or outrageously bad, dates from the s. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any five of the following: Explain or justify Jane was upset because her son couldn't account for the three hours between his last class and his arrival at home.
Both of these related usages are derived from the literal meaning of the phrase, that is, "make a reckoning of an account. This idiom comes from nautical terminology of the mids, when be taken aback referred to the stalling of a ship caused by a wind shift that made the sails lay back against the masts.
Its figurative use was first recorded in This term is a redundancy, since leap and bound both mean "spring" or "jump," but the two words have been paired since Shakespeare's time and are still so used g As cool as a cucumber If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they don't get worried by anything. This expression alludes to the oil in oil lamps. Make sentences to illustrate the meaning of any four of the following: I wouldn't know a Tibetan terrier if it looked me in the face.
The burglars made off with the stereo and computer as well as jewellery. Make sentences for any five of the following to illustrate their meaning: This expression alludes to the legend of Damocles, a servile courtier to King Dionysius I of Syracuse.
The king, weary of Damocles' obsequious flattery, invited him to a banquet and seated him under a sword hung by a single hair, so as to point out to him the precariousness of his position. The idiom was first recorded in The same story gave rise to the expression hang by a thread. I had to argue this case every inch of the way. This term comes from a Greek saying, call a bowl a bowl, that was mistranslated into Latin by Erasmus and came into English in the s.
The producer tried to palm her off as a star from the Metropolitan Opera. This expression alludes to concealing something in the palm of one's hand. It replaced the earlier palm on in the early s. This idiom originally referred to a form of 16th-century horse racing requiring riders to follow a leader in a particular formation presumably resembling a flock of geese in flight.
Its figurative use dates from about Frame sentences to illustrate the meaning of any five of the following: This proverbial phrase, alluding to the fact that human events or concerns cannot stop the passage of time or the movement of the tides, first appeared about in Chaucer's Prologue to the Clerk's Tale.
The alliterative beginning, time and tide, was repeated in various contexts over the years but today survives only in the proverb, which is often shortened as above. This expression alludes to eating immediately whatever is at hand.
This term, first recorded in , expresses the even older notion that fish bite more readily when seas are rough. This expression alludes to the helplessness of a turtle turned on its back, where its shell can no longer protect it.
Experts say the economy has turned the corner and is in the midst of an upturn. The doctor believes he's turned the corner and is on the mend. This expression alludes to passing around the corner in a race, particularly the last corner.
Denouncing one's boss in a written resignation means one has burned one's bridges. Turning down one job before you have another amounts to burning your boats. Both versions of this idiom allude to ancient military tactics, when troops would cross a body of water and then burn the bridge or boats they had used both to prevent retreat and to foil a pursuing enemy. This expression alludes to the notorious shrewdness of horse traders, who literally bought and sold horses. This expression alludes to Thomas Hobson of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and allowed each customer to take only the horse nearest the stable door.
This term alludes to an embrace. This expression alludes to Pontius Pilate's washing his hands before having Jesus put to death, saying "I am innocent of the blood of this just person" Matthew Don't count your chickens before they hatch!
I know you have big plans for your consulting business, but don't count your chickens. This expression comes from Aesop's fable about a milkmaid carrying a full pail on her head.
She daydreams about buying chickens with the milk's proceeds and becoming so rich from selling eggs that she will toss her head at suitors; she then tosses her head and spills the milk.
Widely translated from the original Greek, the story was the source of a proverb and was used figuratively by the 16th century. Today it is still so well known that it often appears shortened and usually in negative cautionary form don't count your chickens. Explain FIVE of the following idioms by using them into sentences: His story bears me out exactly.
Persist from one time or situation to another His leadership in sports carried over to the classroom. This model is doomed to come off second-best. He stuck to his argument, refusing to fall back. I can't figure out quiet people readily.
Pat decided she didn't like the new sofa but would have to learn to live with it. It's cold, so be sure to cover up the baby. John and Mary finally ironed out their differences. This expression uses ironing wrinkled fabric as a metaphor for smoothing differences. These phrases call up a vivid image of someone flailing away at nothing. This term, alluding to the idea that words are insufficient to do something justice, was already used by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra 2: This idiom, first recorded in , appears in Robert Burns's familiar "Auld Lang Syne" , in which the poet asks if old times should never be brought to mind.
This usage was first recorded in John Lyly's Euphues I should call in question the demeanour of all. Surpass or outdo something This last story of Henry's caps them all. In acient Rome thousands of years ago, people clipped the wings of pet birds so that they couldn't fly away. For centuries people have used the idiom "Clip one's wings" to mean brings a person under control.
Once he submitted his resignation, he had crossed the Rubicon. Recounted in Plutarch's Lives: They went out without permission, flying in the teeth of house rules. This metaphoric expression alludes to a physical attack. We should not let sorrow overcome us and stand in our way. Learn to overcome hardships in life is all what life is worth living about. After all that's the definition of life. Hence the saying "rise like a phoenix from the ashes" Phoenix is supposed to be a mythological bird of fire that is believed to die in flames and turn to ash.
But then it comes back to life from the same ash. This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch, "the last line of defence. As soon as the company grows a little bigger and begins to show a profit, we intend to go public. The weeds are running riot in the lawn The children were running wild in the playground.
Amok comes from a Malay word for "frenzied" and was adopted into English, and at first spelled amuck, in the second half of the s. Run riot dates from the early s and derives from an earlier sense, that is, a hound's following an animal scent. Run wild alludes to an animal reverting to its natural, uncultivated state; its figurative use dates from the late s. This expression uses foot in the sense of "add up and put the total at the foot, or bottom, of an account.
This expression comes from racing, where it is said of a horse that passes the others and leads the field. It was transferred to other activities in the early s. This idiom alludes to unexpectedly outshining the rest of the cast in a theatrical production. This expression uses left-handed in the sense of "questionable or doubtful," a usage dating from about This expression alludes to the age-old notion that persons with a healed broken bone or with arthritis experience bone pain before rain, due to a drop in barometric pressure, and therefore can predict a weather change.
This expression alludes to the suspended balance scale where an object is placed in one pan and weights are added one by one to the other pan until the two are balanced. Their catalog isn't complete yet. This term probably alludes to a biblical proverb Ecclesiastes Warren is generally very easy-going, but today he blew his stack.
The top here has been likened to the top of an erupting volcano; the stack alludes to a smokestack. Go crazy; become insane When she regains consciousness, she just may blow her top.
If you ask for help when you need it, you will soon find your feet. This term employs par in the sense of "an average amount or quality," a usage dating from the late s. Traffic was hung up for miles. The expression probably relies on the meaning of by as a succession of quantities as in "two by two". This adverbial phrase came to be used as a noun, denoting either procrastination or the future. William Camden so used it for the former Remains,