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[English Idioms] Cost me an arm and a leg?

May 18, 2016 English Tips

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Do you know what idioms are? An idiom is a group of words with a particular meaning which does not relate to the literal meanings of the words.

 

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Whatever floats your boat

: Do whatever makes you happy or stimulates you, do what brings you joy.

For example

It’s your birthday, choose a restaurant or anything, do whatever floats your boat.

She is not in a good mood today, so let her do whatever floats her boat.   

BBC –Whatever floats your boat.

 

 

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An arm and a leg

: Very expensive or costly, a large amount of money.   

For example

I bought a new computer, the new Mac book cost me an arm and a leg.

Don’t pay an arm and a leg for your new bag.

 

 

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Don’t put your eggs in one basket.

: Do not put all your resources in one possibility; don’t pull all the risk into one thing.

For example

Balance your investment; don’t put all your eggs in one basket, spared it into stocks, mutual funds and bonds.

 

 

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Cut a long story short.

: Get to the point, leave out details.

For example

To cut the long story short, we didn’t go to the party last night.

Anyway, to cut the long story short, we need your help now for our event.

 

 

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The ball is in your court.

: It is up to you to make the next decision or step; to be someone else’s move, play or turn.

For example

We gave him a reasonable offer, so the ball is in his court now.

 

 

Do you guys like to use idioms when you speak English? Using idioms will make you sounds more like native speaker; and sometimes you can express your thoughts clearly by using idioms.

 

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