General Idioms (Page 26)
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- You can say that again
- If you want to agree strongly with what someone has said, you can say 'You can say that again' as a way of doing so.
- You can't beat that with a stick
- This is an extension of the phrase "you can't beat that", meaning that you are unlikely to find a better outcome or deal than the one in question.
- You can't take it with you
- Enjoy life, enjoy what you have and don't worry about not having a lot, especially money...because once you're dead, 'you can't take it with you.' For some, it means to use up all you have before you die because it's no use to you afterwards.
- You could cut it with a knife
- If the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife, it is humid or muggy. It could also mean that there's a lot of tension.
- You reap what you sow
- This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad.
- You said it!
- Used to say you agree completely with something just said.
- You what?
- This is a very colloquial way of expressing surprise or disbelief at something you have heard. It can also be used to ask someone to say something again.
- You're killing me!
- When laughing hysterically at someone’s humor, we can tell them, “you’re killing me!”
- Your call
- If something is your call, it is up to you to make a decision on the matter.
- Your name is mud
- If someone's name is mud, then they have a bad reputation.
- Zigged before you zagged
- If you did things in the wrong order, you zigged before you zagged.
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