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    i want some help about idioms

    Hi
    i want help in solving these following idioms.i am a little bit confuse how to use them in sentences,meaning already mentioned in idiom segment, i saw them.but i am still unable to keep them in a sentence

    All mod cons
    All hell broke loose
    All hat, no cattle
    All mouth and trousers
    All over the place
    All over the shop
    All talk and no trousers
    All the tea in China
    Alter ego
    All-singing, all-dancing

    Hope respectable teachers u will solve my querry

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    Smile Re: i want some help about idioms

    The house was modern, fitted with All mod cons
    The demonstration was peaceful before All hell broke loose

    He thought himself brave, but he was just All hat, no cattle
    He thought himself brave, but he was just All mouth and trousers/All talk and no trousers
    With the babysitter gone, the kids' toys were All over the place/All over the shop
    I wouldn't tightrope walk for All the tea in China
    He was a close friend, knew me well, my Alter ego
    His cell-phone was the most modern of its kind, All-singing, all-dancing

    Does this help?

    SB

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    Re: i want some help about idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by FrOzen EyEz View Post
    Hi
    i want help in solving these following idioms.i am a little bit confuse how to use them in sentences,meaning already mentioned in idiom segment, i saw them.but i am still unable to keep them in a sentence

    All mod cons
    All hell broke loose
    All hat, no cattle
    All mouth and trousers
    All over the place
    All over the shop
    All talk and no trousers
    All the tea in China
    Alter ego
    All-singing, all-dancing

    Hope respectable teachers u will solve my querry
    Here are some suggestions:

    All mod cons: all modern conveniences. The new house has all mod cons.

    All hell broke loose: things suddenly turned very bad. I told my parents I was gay and all hell broke loose.

    All hat, no cattle...............I have never heard this expression.

    All mouth and trousers: all talk and no action. This is interchangeable with 'all talk and no trousers'. The new President was all mouth and no trousers. He gave fabulous speeches, but achieved nothing.

    All over the place: unfocused, completely disorganized. The new dentist had no idea what he was doing. He was all over the place and extracted the wrong tooth.

    All over the shop: is the same idea, of being disorganized, or being in a complete mess. After the fire there was debris all over the shop. (It need not be 'a shop').

    All talk and no trousers: all talk and no action. Strangely, this is the same as 'all talk and trousers'.

    All the tea in China: an impossibly large amount of something. I would not reveal the secret for all the tea in China. No matter how much you pay me, I still would not do it, even if you gave me all the tea in China. He would not change his job for all the tea in China.

    Alter ego: this is not an idiom. It means (roughly) a secondary personality existing inside someone. Like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    All-singing, all-dancing: this is normally said of something which has many different features. It might be said of a new PC, or it might be said of a new car or iPod. Sometimes the suggestion is that whilst it can do many different things, the quality is not so great. "Have you seen the new all-singing, all-dancing Skoda ?"


    Hope this answers your query.

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    Re: i want some help about idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    The house was modern, fitted with All mod cons


    SB
    Is "all mod cons" short for something else? (That is a new one on me. I hadn't heard of "All-singing, all-dancing" before either.)



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    Re: i want some help about idioms

    Not that I have heard. It is one of those house-agent [realtor] abbreviations that becomes a matter of normal use.

    As for all-singing all-dancing, it is wonderfully useful to say that the object does just about everything you could want or need, even if you don't actually need all these things. Like cellphones that can surf the net, download umpteen songs, be used to watch tv, take photographs, record messages, send text - and run out of battery power at the exact moment that you really need to make a telephone call.

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