MOST USED IDIOMS 2
To continue our most used idioms the following idioms can be explained.
To pitch in
It means to gather everybody to do something together.
Let’s pitch in to collect money and buy a valuable present for Sara’s birthday.
To go cold turkey
When someone suddenly quits a bad habit then the idiom can be used.
My dad quit smoking just like a cold turkey.
To face the music
To accept the consequence of something that one does; whether good or bad.
Sara didn’t study very well this term so she has to face the music if she fails.
To be on the ball
To be ready for something or an event from way before.
Wow! Your wedding is in two months and you have done everything. You are on the ball.
To ring a bell
When something or someone brings you a memory then to ring a bell is used.
This place rings a bell for me. I think I have been here before.
Rule of thumb
These rules of thumb are not based on science or research and are instead just a general principle. For example, there’s no written scientific rule that you must add oil to boiling water when cooking pasta, but it’s a rule of thumb and is practiced by most people so the pasta won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Opening a door for a lady is a rule of thumb.
To be under the weather
When you don’t feel good and are sick but not a serious one the idiom can be used.
What is wrong with David?
Nothing! He’s just tired with the hard study he has had. He’s under the weather.
To blow off steam
If you’re feeling angry, stressed or are experiencing some strong feelings and you want to get rid of them so you feel better again, you will blow off steam by doing something such as exercise to get rid of the stress.
Whenever Sally is angry with her husband she goes shopping to blow off her steam.