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    #321
    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Can I say

    Your harsh remark cut me through just like a hot knife through butter.
    Here's something with the same meaning, but tastier: :D

    Your words stir up feelings inside of me that I particularly don't like.

    All the best,
    "Like a knife through hot butter" only says it is very easy, without difficulty. It is not like making a harsh remark that hurts someone's feelings.

    BMO
    Is there any idiom that can describe someone's words hurt you very much like a knife cut through your heart and your heart is bleeding.


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    #322
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Q: What does "He lied like a dog" mean?

    A: The person lied brazenly. Perhaps he told an obvious lie unashamedly.
    He lied through his teeth. Same thing?

    BMO
    Yes, indeed. :wink:
    Thanks. BMO


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    #323
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi


    Is there any idiom that can describe someone's words hurt you very much like a knife cut through your heart and your heart is bleeding.
    can't think of any.

    BMO


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    #324
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Re:
    • "She hit the roof when I came in late. She wouldn't accept my explanation, and I wound up in the doghouse."


    Does anybody want to explain (or ask questions about) that one?

    :wink:

    1. Hit the roof - Got really mad.
    2. In the doghouse - in disfavor.

    BMO


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    #325
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Hi, Ron

    May I suggest?

    It's good to learn these idioms and sayings. But I don't have much impression of these after reading it over if I don't use it in a real conversation or in any writing assignment. In my humble opinion, you could collect some of sayings that are closely related to a single concept, it may accelerate learning!


    Either

    Concept: Angry
    1. hit the ceiling
    2. go through the roof
    3. ...
    4. ...


    or


    Concept: Eat (idioms that contain the word 'eat')
    1. eat your heart out
    2. eat humble pie
    3. dog-eat-dog world
    4. ...

    What do you say?
    Your suggestion is a good one, but I have been putting them up as I think of them. (Did you notice a theme in my most recent posts?)

    :)

    NTC's "Thematic Dictionary of American Idioms - Arranged According to Topic" is close to what Blacknomi is suggesting but that is a lot of work. Making "Idioms and Sayings" a separate forum is already a big improvement.

    BMO

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    #326
    I agree, BMO. If I was going to arrange them by topic before posting them I would probably still be at it. Anyhow, I would have to say this thread has been quite successful. According to the number of views, there is quite a bit of interest in the subject.

    :)


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    #327
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I agree, BMO. If I was going to arrange them by topic before posting them I would probably still be at it. Anyhow, I would have to say this thread has been quite successful. According to the number of views, there is quite a bit of interest in the subject.

    :)
    Indeed, and the new forum "Idioms and sayings." Now I like to make another suggestion of a new forum or thread, the etymology. Please check it out in "Suggestions and Comments."

    BMO


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    #328
    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    NTC's "Thematic Dictionary of American Idioms - Arranged According to Topic" is close to what Blacknomi is suggesting but that is a lot of work. Making "Idioms and Sayings" a separate forum is already a big improvement.

    BMO
    Thanks. BMO. I have "Idiomatic American English" at hand. NTC's is also a good one.

    Indeed, "Idioms and Sayings" is superb! I love it!


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    #329
    Q: What is "talk until one is blue in the face"?




    My moms always talks until she's blue in the face, but she couldn't change my mind. :)

    How about "talk one's head off"?


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    #330
    Q: What is "knock someone's socks off"?



    Wow, your fifth marriage next month is going to knock everyone's socks off.



    How about "I'll be a monkey's uncle"?
    :D

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