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    Idioms

    Hi, is this the correct channel to ask for the meaning of the following idioms which no results found after search, thanks.

    cat's paw
    became thick in the head
    turn turtle
    got into hot water
    drew a line
    stood out a mile
    cat and dog's life
    turned up her nose
    wormed it out
    could not make head or tail of it

    Also, plz send me link to upload idiom's meaning

    well began is half done [chinese idiom]
    start to do is as good as half way done, never even start is zero done



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    Stephen

    Where ha you been looking? The mostobvious place on the internet is Merriam Websyer's online dictionary. Wbster'sis the most prestiious American dictinary. Yu can access itfreat Merriam-Webster Online

    Any native speaker would understand 'thick head' but I wouldn't class it a an idiom.
    I checked out your firt four examples in MW and found them all although Ihad to search for 'turn turtle (capsize) under 'turn'.

    As for phrases like 'worm it out', 'work it out', figure it out , 'think it out', draw it out' 'spin it out', etc, etc. if you can work one of them out for yourself, you will understand all of them.

    Think about how a worm makes a hole, twisting and turning and movin a little bit of earth each time until the hole is complete. Imagine your wife/husband trying to extract information from you which you were reluctant to give. She/He'd worm it out of you in the end!

    Fred O'Hanlon

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tan View Post
    Hi, is this the correct channel to ask for the meaning of the following idioms which no results found after search, thanks.

    cat's paw
    became thick in the head
    turn turtle
    got into hot water
    drew a line
    stood out a mile
    cat and dog's life
    turned up her nose
    wormed it out
    could not make head or tail of it

    Also, plz send me link to upload idiom's meaning

    well began is half done [chinese idiom]
    start to do is as good as half way done, never even start is zero done

    Have you looked in the Language Reference section under Idioms? http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/


    You could also try this: Idioms and phrases

    and this: Dictionary.com

    If you still can't find any, come back to us.

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    Re: Idioms

    Thanks, great help, found some.

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