Idioms are difficult for learners because it is often not clear what they mean. However, idioms are an important part of the English language. Understanding idioms will help you to understand and communicate naturally in English. In this article we are going to look at 10 idioms related to anatomy or body parts.
What is an idiom?
An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the individual words that make it up. They can be a great way to add depth and colour to our communication. Because idioms often have meanings that are not immediately obvious from the words themselves, it is important to understand the context that they are used in order to fully understand their meaning.
10 Idioms Related to Body Parts
This isn’t a complete list! There are hundreds to chose from, but these 10 are a good place to start!
- “A pain in the neck” – We use this expression to describe something or someone that is annoying or troublesome. For example, “The traffic is always a pain in the neck during rush hour.”
- “Get cold feet” – We use this idiom to describe someone who gets nervous or worried before doing something. For example, “He was going to get married but the day before the wedding he got cold feet and jilted his fiancée.”
- “Get a foot in the door” – This idiom is used to describe getting an opportunity to start something or to make a good impression. For example, “I finally got a foot in the door at that company I’ve been wanting to work for.”
- “Put your best foot forward” – This idiom means to do your best or to make a good impression. For example, “I’m going to the job interview tomorrow, so I’m going to put my best foot forward.”
- “Have a chip on your shoulder” – You can use this idiom to describe someone who is angry or annoyed about something and is looking for a fight or argument. For example, “He’s always got a chip on his shoulder, ready to start a fight over nothing.”
- “Give someone the cold shoulder” – Means to ignore or avoid someone. For example, “I gave him the cold shoulder after he broke my trust.”
- “Have your hands full” – Means that you are really busy or having a lot of responsibilities. For example, “I’ve had my hands full with this new project at work.”
- “See eye to eye” – This idiom means to have the same opinion or agreement with someone. For example, “We don’t always see eye to eye on everything, but we respect each other’s opinions.”
- “Use some elbow grease” – Grease is a type of oil or lubricant, but this expression means to work hard or apply effort. For example, “The bathroom was really disgusting, but a bit of disinfectant and some elbow grease should make it like new.”
- “Lend a helping hand” “Give someone a hand”- These idioms both mean to help. For example, “I’m happy to lend a helping hand whenever you need it.”
These idioms can help us express ourselves in a more nuanced and figurative way. By getting your head around these idioms, you can get a leg up on understanding everyday English conversation and expand your vocabulary.
- To jilt (verb) – To leave a romantic partner, usually just before or during the wedding.
- Fiancée (noun) – A woman who is engaged to be married.
- Engagement (noun) – An arrangement or appointment. Also an agreement of intention to get married.
- Nervous (adjective) – anxious or worried about something
- Impression (noun) – the opinion or feeling that someone has about something or someone
- Encourage (verb) – to give support or confidence to someone
- Ignore (verb) – to not pay attention to someone or something
Got it? See what you can remember, test yourself with the interactive exercise below!
Body Part Idioms Reading Comprehension Exercises
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Can you think of any more English Idioms related to body parts or anatomy? Are all of these idioms new to you? Do you have any doubts?
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