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    Idioms

    There're some expressions that I found difficult to understand as follows.

    1. I am all ears.
    2. She hits the ceiling.
    3. He's a fast talker.
    4. It's up in the air.
    5. He's the pain on my neck.
    6. Don't get high head.

    Are these all idioms?
    I want to pick up more for daily conversation. Are there good links that I can refer to?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    There're some expressions that I found difficult to understand as follows.

    1. I​'m all ears.
    2. She hits the ceiling.
    3. He's a fast talker.
    4. It's up in the air.
    5. He's ​a pain ​in the neck.
    6. Don't get a big head.

    You can just look them up online. (Except for fast talker. That means exactly what it says.)

    Go to Google. Type in the phrase plus the word definition:

    - all ears definition
    - hit the ceiling definition
    - up in the air definition
    - pain in the neck definition
    - big head definition.


    Are these all idioms?

    No. We call them cliches, turns of speech, common expressions.


    I want to pick up more for daily conversation. Are there good links that I can refer to?

    Google common cliches.


    Thanks.
    You're welcome!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Except for fast talker. That means exactly what it says.
    I disagree. A fast talker is a persuasive person, (who may or may not talk fast).
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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I disagree. A fast talker is a persuasive person, (who may or may not talk fast).
    Good point. I never thought of that.
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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're welcome!
    I googled "turns of speech", but still don't exactly get what it means. Does it mean the way of talking, e.g. the words and attitudes ones used during conversation?

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I googled "turns of speech", but still don't exactly get what it means. Does it mean the way of talking, e.g. the words and attitudes ones used during conversation?
    I gave you three synonyms: cliches, common expressions, turns of speech. Again, just Google common cliches.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I disagree. A fast talker is a persuasive person, (who may or may not talk fast).
    I wouldn't use the term "fast talker" to describe an honest person who is persuasive. The term "fast talker" has a negative connotation, and implies that the person doing the "fast talking" is using quick speech or other rhetorical tricks in order to cheat or deceive someone.

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    Re: Idioms

    Yes. Definitely negative connotations. The prototypical fast talkers were probably auctioneers and carney barkers.

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    This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much.
    Last edited by teechar; 18-Mar-2018 at 08:39. Reason: removed external link

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by chuoiit23 View Post
    This is a great thread. article. It gave me a lot of useful information. Thank you very much.
    Hello chuoiit23, and welcome to the forum.

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