Category Archives: Idioms

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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Ducks in a Row Revisited

Here are some images from the web using our latest Idiom of the Week. Enjoy!:

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Idiom of the Week: Ducks in a Row

Meaning: To be very organized and to plan carefully, often expressed as “He/she likes all his/her ducks in a row.”

Examples: 

She likes her ducks in a row and hates chaos.

“How would you describe yourself?” “I like all my ducks in a row.”

You need to have all your ducks in a row if you want to succeed.

 

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of having your ducks in a row?

A.  Being neat.

B.  Being orderly.

C.  Being messy.

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All Ears Revisited

Here are some fun images from the web using our latest Idiom of the Week – just click on any of them for a larger view. Enjoy!

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Idiom of the Week: All Ears

Meaning: To be paying attention; to be listening carefully.

Example:

Go ahead and speak – I’m all ears.

The customer service representative said she was all ears when the customer told her he had a problem.

“Are you listening to me?” “Of course! I’m all ears!”

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of all ears?

A.  Inattentive

B.  Focused

C.  Attentive

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