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Interesting English expressions and idioms

A long list of English expressions and idioms!

The other day someone asked me how many English expressions and idioms we had featured on the World of Words since it started. With several hundred articles each featuring at least five new English expressions or idioms, there must be well over a thousand English words, expressions and idioms explained on this site. Here’s a [...] → Continue Reading A long list of English expressions and idioms!

Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People

Growing up in London has made me realise that the correct English language is a bit of a myth. The only person I remember ever speaking the correct English language in my entire life was my Secondary School Head Teacher. To be fair she was about 70 something year old, it would have been very [...] → Continue Reading Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People

A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang? If you’ve ever been to London and witnessed people speaking a strange kind of English that you didn’t understand, you were probably hearing Cockney rhyming slang. CRS replaces one word with a pair of words that rhyme with it. For example, ‘trouble and strife’ means ‘wife’ in Cockney rhyming slang, [...] → Continue Reading A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

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English expressions and idioms with ‘beach’

life’s a beach Meaning: life is good or easy Example: I won the lottery last week and now life’s a beach for me a beach bum Meaning: someone who spends a lot of time at the beach (usually negative) Example: He’s always surfing instead of doing his homework – what a beach bum! not the [...] → Continue Reading English expressions and idioms with ‘beach’

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English picture idioms: to be all ears

to be all ears Meaning: to be listening carefully / paying attention Example: Please explain why this product would be useful to me. I’m all ears. Many thanks to Brillo for today’s illustration.

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English expressions and idioms with ‘ears’

music to your ears Meaning: to approve of something you hear Example: The news of his new job was music to his ears. wet behind the ears Meaning: young and inexperienced Example: The new staff cam straight from school and were still wet behind the ears. fall on deaf ears Meaning: when advice or information [...] → Continue Reading English expressions and idioms with ‘ears’

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English expressions and idioms with ‘fast’

It’s a busy week this week and I need to get motivated. These English idioms and expressions with ‘fast’ should do the trick! to pull a fast one Meaning: to carry out a clever (usually nasty) trick Example: Dave said if I gave him £100, he would get me a good deal on a new [...] → Continue Reading English expressions and idioms with ‘fast’

English expressions and idioms with ‘slow’

Are you having a busy week so far? If so, these English expressions and idioms with ‘slow’ will help you relax a bit. slow down Meaning: to decrease speed Example: Slow down! You’re above the speed limit. slow going Meaning: to make little progress Example: I’m painting the kitchen today but it’s really slow going. [...] → Continue Reading English expressions and idioms with ‘slow’

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