Speak English like a native! Here are 10 rhyming words expressions to make your English even more natural. Remember that they are to be used in an informal context only.
Meaning: rubber open shoes made of rubber sole and two straps. You usually wear them when it’s hot.
Ex. It’s so hot. I’ll take my flip-flops.
Meaning: a person who has old fashioned ideas.
Ex. People consider him old fuddy-duddy because he doesn’t like modern technology.
Meaning: an important and powerful person.
Ex. Headwaiter: “Be careful how you’re setting the tables. Some of the local bigwigs are coming for dinner.“
Meaning: the situation in which educated people move to another country because of better work and living conditions.
Ex. Many highly skilled people have left our country in the past decade because of the crisis.
Meaning: an informal conversation about trivial matters.
Ex. We didn’t discuss anything important. It was just chit-chat.
Meaning: inappropriate or dishonest behaviour.
Ex. There was a lot of hanky-panky going on at the party.
By hook or by crook
Meaning: by any possible means – honest or dishonest.
Ex. Milly was trying to get that job by hook or by crook.
Huff and puff
Meaning: be annoyed because you can’t change the situation.
Ex. Henry was huffing and puffing because it took his wife so long to put makeup on.
Meaning: if things are hunky-dory, then everything is alright, without any problems.
Ex. Are you alright? – Yes, everything is hunky-dory
Hustle and bustle
Meaning: Lots of noise and activity, usually in a big city.
Ex. We’re going to the country for the weekend to run away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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