Body idioms


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The heart
break someone's heart = upset someone greatly: "She broke his heart when she left him."
learn something off by heart = learn something completely: "I've learnt this off by heart - I'm bound to pass the exam!"
you're all heart! = when you tell someone sarcastically how kind they are: "Thanks for giving me all this work - you're all heart!"
hand on heart = promise with sincerity: "Hand on heart, it's the honest truth."
have the heart = be able to give someone bad news: "I didn't have the heart to tell him he'd failed."
a heart of gold = be a very kind person: "She'll always help - she has a heart of gold."
hand over = pass on something: "Before I leave, I have to hand over all my work."
get out of hand = become impossible to manage: "You'll have to deal with this problem before it gets out of hand."
know something like the back of your hand = know something extremely well: "He knows London like the back of his hand."
have your hands full = be very busy: "I can't do anything about it now - my hands are full."
in hand = under control: "The company report is in hand - you'll have it next week."
live hand to mouth = only earn enough money for food: "After he lost his job, he had to live hand to mouth for a couple of months."
give someone a hand = help someone: "He always gives me a hand with the housework."
have someone in the palm of your hand = have influence over someone: "He's got her in the palm of his hand."
be caught red-handed = be caught doing something bad: "The children were caught red-handed picking the flowers."
butter fingers = be clumsy and drop things: "You've dropped my vase! Butter fingers!"
keep your fingers crossed = wish something for someone: "Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow - it's my job interview."
under your thumb = control someone: "She's got him under her thumb - he won't do anything without asking her first."
twist someone's arm = persuade someone: "I didn't want to go out, but he twisted my arm."
cost an arm and a leg = cost a fortune: "The car cost an arm and a leg - it'll take them ages to pay back the loan."
Feet and legs
put your foot in it = say or do something you shouldn't: "I think I've put my foot in it - I told her about the party."
have itchy feet = not able to settle down in one place: "She's going off travelling again - she's got really itchy feet."
keep someone on their toes = keep someone alert: "Our teacher keeps us on our toes - we have to pay attention in class."
stand on your own two feet = be independent: "I don't need your help - I can stand on my own two feet."
have two left feet = be awkward or clumsy: "He's a terrible dancer - he's got two left feet!"
walk on eggshells = be careful about what you say or do: "She's in a terrible mood - you'll have to walk on eggshells around her."
foot the bill = pay the bill: "He had to foot the bill for the party."
The back
go behind someone's back = do something secretly: "She went behind my back and told my boss I wanted a new job."
back off = stop trying to force someone to do something: "Will you just back off and let me decide what I should do!"
back down = accept defeat: "He finally backed down and let me buy a pet rabbit."
back someone up = support someone: "Thank you for backing me up in the meeting."
put your back into something = work very hard at something: "She put her back into it and got good results."
stab someone in the back = betray someone: "Be careful of him - he'll stab you in the back if it gets him what he wants."


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Idioms liên quan đến “EAR” :

All ears : lắng nghe chăm chú và cẩn thận

  • Well, hurry up and tell me. I’m all ears.
Be easy on the ear : (nói về âm nhạc) dễ nghe

  • When I’m driving, I like to listen to music that’s easy on the ear and not too demanding.
Blow it out your ear! : Biến đi ! Để tôi yên!

  • Oh, blow it out your ear, you cornball!
  • You are not cool, you’re just weird! Blow it out your ear!
Have big ears : nghe lén người khác nói chuyện

  • Don’t talk so loudly unless you want everyone to know. Bill has big ears you know.
Turn a deaf ear (to someone or something) : phớt lờ điều ai đó nói, phớt lờ sự nhờ vả của ai đó

  • How can you just turn a deaf ear to their cries for food and shelter?
  • Jack turned a deaf ear to our pleading.

Idioms liên quan đến “EYE” :

A red eye : chuyến bay qua đêm

  • We took the red eye from Seattle to New York.
Your eyes pop out of your head : (văn nói) rất ngạc nhiên

  • My sister showed me the ring Jim gave her, and my eyes popped out of my head, it was so beautiful.
Cry your eyes out : khóc rất nhiều, khóc mờ mắt

  • I cried my eyes out when my cat died.
  • Don’t just sit there crying your eyes out, Meg. Get out there and find a new boyfriend!
Somebody’s eyes are bigger than their belly/stomach : cái mắt to hơn cái bụng

  • I can’t finish this piece of cake. I’m afraid my eyes were bigger than my stomach as usual.
Keep an eye on somebody/something : để mắt đến

  • The mother sat on the edge of the sandbox, keeping an eye on her sons as they played.