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[English Idioms] Speak of the Devil

Sep 13, 2016 English Tips

Hello guys, it’s September and the summer in London is going to an end? But this weather is still pleasant.

Do you remember the idioms below and do you know how to use them? Here you go, five more idioms with examples.

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1.   A hot potato:

Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed.
A problem, situation, etc. that is difficult to deal with and causes a lot of disagreement.

For example:

Brexit is a hot potato that people are talking about these days.

The abortion issue is a political hot potato in the United States.

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2.  Speak of the devil:

It is something that you say when the person you have just been talking about arrives and you were not expecting them.

For example:

Well,speak of the devil, here’s Tom.

Speak of the devil, it’s your dad, throw away the cigarette!

 

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3.  Elvis has left the building:

The show has come to an end. It’s all over.

Said about things that have ended; finished.


For example:

Jake went to a house party with his friends and after midnight the party ended. Elvis had left the building and it was time to go home.

Elvis has left the building, let’s forget all these things and move on.


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4. Best thing since sliced bread:

A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.

For example:

I bought the new watch which can track my calories intake every day, it’s the best thing since sliced bread.  

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5. Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched:

Don’t treat something that hasn’t happened as a certainty.

Don’t rely on something you are unsure about; making plans based on assumptions can lead to disappointment.

For example:

Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched, you don’t know the result yet.

Jack “I’m going for a holiday after I pass the exam”.

Mary “Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched”.


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