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For last year's words belong to last year's language,
And next year's words await another voice.
TS Eliot
Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti

New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
Happy New Year

My top 10 idiom in english, what 's yours?

1. Piece of cake – means that something is very easy to complete

2. Costs an arm and a leg – means that something is very expensive

3. Break a leg – means good luck

4. Hit the books – means to study

5. When pigs fly – means that something will never happen

6. Judge a book by its cover – means that you should not decide upon something based just on its appearances.

7. Bite off more than you can chew – means to take on a task that is too much for you to handle.

8. Cut corners – means to do something badly or cheaply.

9. A hot potato - means a hot topic which many people disputed about

10.Keep something at bay - means to keep something away


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,412 ✭✭✭✭
    Raining cats and dogs is an idiom I find myself using a lot.
  • dujiannantoridujiannantori Posts: 486 Inactive
    @mheredge it rains a lot in your city? ^^
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    I like to talk about learning though off the cuff. Sometimes in life, it is important to read between the lines in order to grasp the nettle that life brings for you in the form of trials. But, it is not possible every time to nip in the bud and solve every problem while learning. In a nutshell, most of the time, we should stand up for the positive sides of the learning and break the ice instead of beating the bushes around. Life is all about learning either easy or tough way. So, enjoy every moment of it instead of waiting for the big one to come across you. Otherwise, you will be spending your life like a penny wise pound foolish and it will treat you like it's not my cup of tea. Therefore, don't bring your life to the point where you will have left nothing but to cry over spilt milk. Hopefully, I don't look like a devil's advocate this time and hit the nail on the head. But, still let the cat out of bag and wait for the surprises that life will brings for you. :)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    mutton dressed as lamb, means a woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman.
    to pull a rabbit out of the hat, means to surprise everyone by suddenly doing something clever.
    a wolf in sheep's clothing,means someone who is dangerous, but pretends to be harmless.
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    Cat nap, means a short sleep.
    Roll out the red carpet, means treat someone like royalty.
    tickled pink, means very pleased and appreciative.
  • dujiannantoridujiannantori Posts: 486 Inactive
    hello @bubbli it's good to have you back!!So i'll listing the idioms that you've used in your short article, correct me if you see any error:

    1. off-the-cuff : something that is not planned
    2. read between the lines: infer an unexpressed meaning
    3. grasp the nettle: to force yourself to be brave and do something that is difficult
    4. nip in the bud: to put an end to something before it develops into something larger and worse
    5. in a nutshell: summed up briefly
    6. break the ice : to be the first one to do something
    7. beat around the bush: to avoid answering a question, to stall and to waste time
    8. be penny-wise and pound-foolish: to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and being the opposite for a larger amounts
    9. not one's cup of tea: not one's choice or preference
    10. cry over spilled milk: regrette about what cannot be undone
    11. devil's advocate: one who argues against something simply for the sake of argument
    12. hit the nail on the head: to do exactly the right thing or to do something in the most effective way
    13. let the cat out of the bag: to reveal a secret

    Total 13 of them, am i right ? ^^
  • dujiannantoridujiannantori Posts: 486 Inactive
    @Saira I'd like to be pull the rabbit everyday ;)
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    Thank you @dujiannantori Yes these are the idioms that I am familiar with. :)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    Thanks @dujiannantori ,Some idioms express our emotions very well.I like idioms .
  • RomanRoman Posts: 493 ✭✭✭
    I should take it with a grain of salt, because it ring me the bell when the matter went south.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,412 ✭✭✭✭
    If you want to see idioms used to their best, try reading Charles Dickens. He uses them brilliantly in his books.
  • I like "to bite off more than you can chew".
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,412 ✭✭✭✭
    That's a very good one @1charlotte7 which unfortunately is something I have quite a bit of experience of doing.

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush is one I like too.
  • I like the idiom "no strings attached" because it's something I hope for in real life.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @lucy_leander what does it mean?
  • > @Bubbly said:
    > @lucy_leander what does it mean?

    For example, if you sign a contract with no strings attached, there are no (hidden) conditions, limits or demands.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @lucy_leander thanks for elaborating it more. :)

    No Strings Attached: No special demands or limits that you have to accept.

    The donation has no strings attached, so the charity can use the money for whatever purpose it chooses.
  • renothingrenothing Posts: 40 Inactive
    Easy come easy go. it is my idiom.
  • These idioms i used often.

    Inside out.
    Back of my hand.
    Once in a blue moon.
    At the 11th hours.
    Diamond cuts Diamond.
    Joke of the day.
    Go dutch.
    make it a habit.
    old habit die hard.
    Now & never.
    Do it.
    Keep an eye on.
    Piece of a cake.
    Sooner or later.
    Think of devil & devil is here.
    Who cares
    What's going on.
    It's a peanut for me.
    It's nothing.
    Talk of the day.
    My pleasure.
    Nice to meet you.
    Good for nothing.
    Penny a penny makes many.
    Shame on you.
    Behave yourself.
    You never know
    More you practice more perfect you become.
  • soupmantrasoupmantra Posts: 298 Inactive
    I have often used or heard about this idioms :

    Bite the bullet
    The show must go on
    Hit the nail
    A bitter pill
    Crocodile tears
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 24,440 mod
    @dujiannantori said:
    "A hot potato - means a hot topic which many people disputed about."

    We use this saying as LOL as someone learning to speak English than we say; "Take a hot potato in the mouth and you can speak fluent English"
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    "A penny for your thoughts".
    mean a way of asking what someone is thinking.

    "Beat around the bush"
    mean avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
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