How can I start the week with food; it is a must. I am currently on a diet and I am missing bread (I have cut bread out *sad face*). I have found researching the idioms a challenge sometimes and it is interesting (and in some way exciting) to find out where, when and how these idioms came about. This week’s idiom is not exception. Best things since sliced bread is an idiom I have heard my mother use in the past; especially when I was in my teenage years. I heard her say it to my younger brother when it came to his computer games and the current trends. This is a humorous idiom
the best thing since sliced bread
if someone or something is described as the best thing since sliced bread, people think they are extremely good, often better than they really are Portable phones are marketed as the best thing since sliced bread, but to me they’re just another expensive gadget. The way he goes on about her – you’d think she was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
It is the start of another week; which means only one thing…it is time of the idiom of the week. I absolutely love this idiom; I always have the mental image of a dog barking up a fake tree with a confused look upon his face. I, myself, have done this many a time – I know me; the perfect woman (only joking!). It is strange to hear people using this idiom as an everyday thing.
bark up the wrong tree
to make the wrong choice; to ask the wrong person; to follow the wrong course. (Alludes to a dog in pursuit of an animal, where the animal is in one tree and the dog is barking at another tree.)
If you think I’m the guilty person, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The hitters blamed the team’s bad record on the pitchers, but they were barking up the wrong tree.
When I think of this week’s idiom; Tennis always come to mind. Personally, I never truly understood why. This is why I decided that this week’s idiom would be (the) ball is in your court. It originally came for the game of tennis; which is rather interesting right?
the ball is in someone’s court
to be someone else’s move, play, or turn. (From tennis.)
The ball’s in your court now.
You do something. I can’t do anything as long as the ball is in John’s court.
Whenever I hear idioms; either on the television or on the radio, always make me laugh as I make a mental note and add them to the list here at My TEFL Adventures. I always try and use at least one idiom a day; sometimes it can be rather difficult and on other days I can have an entire conversation in idioms at the drop of a hat. That is what this week’s idiom is:
at the drop of a hat
immediately; instantly; on the slightest signal or urging. (Alludes to the dropping of a hat as a signal.)
John was always ready to go fishing at the drop of a hat.
If you need help, just call on me. I can come at the drop of a hat.
I never really thought of this saying as an idiom; as I have heard it so many times and to be honest I have never really thought about it fully. I have lived this idiom over the last few days; as a lot has changed within my life and ‘TEFL’ life.
back to the drawing board
time to start from the start; it is time to plan something over again. (Plans or schematics are drawn on a drawing board. Note the variations shown in the examples.)
It didn’t work. Back to the drawing board. I flunked English this semester. Well, back to the old drawing board.
I have used this idiom a lot recently; as I have been looking for flights and jobs across the world; flights are getting more and more expensive – which I feel that they should get cheaper when it is closer to the date I require. That will never happen though…this is why I have choose this idiom of this week.
an arm and a leg
Meaning: a lot of money
Example: “Everything the restaurant offers tastes good, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.”
There has been a few things I feel that comes about when we all follow this idiom; it is one of my favourites (my list of favourites is getting longer and longer). It is interesting how things change when actions are carried out and nothing is spoken.
Actions speak louder than words
Meaning: What you do is more significant than what you say, something that you say which means that what you do is more important than what you say or what someone does is more important than what someone says
You keep saying that you’ll do your fair share of the housework. Remember that actions speak louder than words.
Of course the government have made all sorts of promises but as we all know, actions speak louder than words.
You have to prepare for what your opponents could do, not what they say they’ll do, because actions speak louder than words.
I have found that there are too many people who live by carrying this idiom out of other people. It is a shame really; as it is not kind and friendly to do it.
get a kick out of something/doing something
to enjoy doing something very much Anyone who gets a kick out of horror movies will love this show. I get a real kick out of shopping for new shoes.
to enjoy something very much get a charge out of something This book is just the kind you like and you’ll get a real kick out of it.
This week’s idiom of the week; is how I am currently feeling. That I am getting through my life by the skin of my teeth. This is why I chose to have it as the theme for this week.
Fig. just barely. (By an amount equal to the thickness of the (imaginary) skin on one’s teeth.) I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth. I got to the airport a few minutes late and missed the plane by the skin of my teeth. Lloyd escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it We escaped by the skin of our teeth. England held on by the skin of their teeth to win 1-0.
I was such this idiom this week; as I am all finished with my Specialist Modules. Just the Advanced Grammar module to do; bring on pay day!!
Anyway; back to this week’s idiom of the week which is an eager beaver. This is one of my all time favourites when it comes to idioms. It always brings a smile to my face.
someone who works very hard and is very eager to do things
The usage of the word ‘beaver’ is because a beaver is a small animal which people traditionally believe to be hard-working.
“Who’s the eager beaver who came in at the weekend finish this work off?”
“The eager beavers of industry seldom reach their potential, much less rise to the top”
“New volunteers are always eager beavers.”
“The young assistant gets work very early. She’s real eager beaver.”