Category Archives: Idioms

Idiom of the Week: Let the Cat Out of the Bag

Meaning: To reveal a secret.

Examples:

As we were planning our mom’s surprise birthday party, my sister reminded me not to let the cat out of the bag.

You didn’t hear they’re having a baby? I guess I let the cat out of the bag!

He finally let the cat out of the bag and confessed to the crime.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of letting the cat out of the bag?

A.  Reminding someone to take out the garbage.

B.  Telling someone what someone else is going to give them for Christmas.

C.  Sending an email to your teaching saying that you and your classmates have gotten a copy of next week’s test.

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Pull Yourself Together Again

Here’s a short but sweet clip from the movie The Incredibles using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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Idiom of the Week: Pull Yourself Together

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Meaning: To calm down.

Examples:

Everybody’s looking at you! Pull yourself together!

After hearing the bad news I needed a few minutes to pull myself together.

Pull yourself together! It’s just a little problem and nothing to get worked up about!

 

Pop Quiz:

When would you say to someone, “Pull yourself together!”

A.  When they’re falling asleep.

B.  When they’re quietly watching a movie.

C.  When they’re doing yoga.

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The Last Straw Revisited

Here’s a collection of images, comic strips, quotations, and ads using our latest Idiom of the Week. Just click on any image for a larger view:

 

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Idiom of the Week: The Last Straw

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Meaning: The last of a series of mistakes or problems, from the saying “The straw that broke the camel’s back.” Also expressed as “the final straw.”

Examples:

When he said he didn’t do his homework for the third time this week, it was the last straw.

His not calling her for one week was the last straw, so they broke up.

He finally got fired after he came in to work three hours late. The boss said it was the final straw.

Pop Quiz:

If someone says to you, “This is the final straw,” what does she mean?

A.  You get one more chance.

B.  You get two more chances.

C.  You get no more chances.

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Idiom of the Week: Kick the Bucket

Meaning: To die.

Examples: 

You’re still alive! I thought you kicked the bucket!

Julius Caesar kicked the bucket in 44 BC.

The polite way to say “kick the bucket” is “pass away.”

 

Pop Quiz:

If someone says, “I feel like I’m going to kick the bucket,” they feel…

A.  Pretty good.

B.  Terrible.

C.  Not so bad.

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Idiom of the Week: Speak of the Devil

Meaning: Said when you’re talking about someone or something and he or she or it suddenly appears. The complete expression is “Speak of the devil and he shall appear.”

Examples:

Speak of the devil! We were just talking about you!

“Did you hear about Thomas?” “Shh! Here he comes right now!” “Speak of the devil!”

“I wonder if it’s going to snow today.” “Look! It’s snowing!” “Speak of the devil…”

 

Pop Quiz:

When should you say “speak of the devil“?

A.  When the person you were talking about doesn’t appear.

B.  When the person you were talking about appears after an hour or so.

C.  When the person you were talking about appears right away.

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