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    What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    I decided this rotation to add some daily idioms to start off each class lesson.

    I'm starting off with the ones I find myself using frequently, but I thought I'd pitch the question to forum instructors, and even advanced learners.

    What are some of your favorite idioms, and what are some you hear or use the most frequently?

    Rather than organizing them around a weekly theme (i.e. color idioms, body idioms, etc.) I'd like to focus on ones they're more likely to hear.


    On a funny side note, I included 'break a leg' in yesterday's list. After explaining what it meant, one of my students got a horrified look on her face, and said she'd hear her son say that his friend last week.

    Thinking it was a literal meaning, she apparently reprimanded him for saying 'mean things' to other people, lecturing him on how he shouldn't be a bully, and should be kind to people, etc.

    She said she didn't believe him when he tried telling her it was actually something nice, and thought he was just trying to avoid getting in trouble.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    "Kill two birds with one stone" comes to mind for some reason. I think I have used that one myself fairly recently.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    I do like not my cup of tea.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    Here's one:

    They're on a roll.

    The Syracuse team beat Virginia to get to the Final Four. They're on a roll. However, they play the Tar Heels next, and the Tar Heels are unstoppable. They are going to steamroll Syracuse. (Of course, I'll have to eat my words if the Tar Heels lose.)

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    Raining cats and dogs.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    I like plain as a pikestaff, though it isn't used much today.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    As easy as pie.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    Take it in stride.

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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    I like to turn them into a sort of just-for-fun quiz, for example:

    Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    A. Don't waste water.
    B. I hope your child will be successful.
    C. Don't force your child to do something.
    D. Don't miss an opportunity just because of some parts you don't like.


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    Re: What are some of your favorite or most-used idioms?

    Sing from the same hymn sheet

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