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Expressions using Clothes

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Did you know that there are about 25,000 idioms in the English language? Wow!? 😵 Isn’t that a lot? You’re never going to learn all of them. Well, you probably won’t; even native speakers don’t know them all. However, you can try to learn the well-known ones and write down the idioms you hear on TV or the Internet and then look up their meaning. Here are some commonly used expressions using clothes.

THE GLOVES ARE OFF

Meaning: A situation that includes a serious dispute or even fight in order to achieve something
Ex: I have been a friendly person so far, but now the gloves are off!

WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

Meaning: Someone who is pretending to be good and harmless but is actually evil.
Ex: Be careful with our boss. He seems friendly but I learned that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Expressions using clothes

BELOW THE BELT

Meaning: If something is below the belt, then we are talking about unacceptable behaviour.
Ex: He told her that she was stupid which she felt as a hit below the belt.

BE TIED TO YOUR MOTHER’S/WIFE’S APRON STRINGS

Meaning: Refers to people who cannot make decisions independently or without their mother or wife.
Ex: He is 45 years old but he’s still tied to his mother’s apron strings.

Expressions using clothes

PUT A SOCK IN IT

Meaning: An impolite way of telling someone to be quiet.
Ex: Can’t you stop talking! Put a sock in it!

BIG GIRL’S BLOUSE

Meaning: Used to insult a person who other people believe is behaving in a weak manner.
Ex: ‘I can’t help you carrying these books’ ‘Oh, please stop being such a big girl’s blouse.’

KEEP IT UNDER YOUR HAT

Meaning: Keep something a secret.
Ex: I’ve heard that Jane is having an affair but keep it under your hat.

 

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