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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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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!
 

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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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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.
 

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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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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.
 
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This is a great thread. [STRIKE]article.[/STRIKE] It gave me a lot of useful information. Thank you very much.
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One that I learned from a Spanish speaker that's supposedly fairly local is subir las hormigas. The literal translation--"to raise the ants"--doesn't make sense; idiomatically, though, it refers to someone who's so absent-minded that they wouldn't notice it if they were standing on an anthill.
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You're welcome to the forum, James, and you no doubt mean well, but we need to get to know new members better before we click on external links which may prove to be unhelpful or even damaging.
 
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