Expressions with “change”

Big / significant / considerable / revolutionary / drastic / important / major, radical change Mobile phones have undergone a revolutionary change in the past decade. Complete / systematic / minor / long-term / short-term / sudden / gradual / seasonal change Gradual changes will bring more stability to the company. Climate change The effects … Continue reading Expressions with “change”

Expressions with “Keep”

’Keep’ is one of the most common verbs in English, and it forms lots of phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms. Here are some of them to help you express yourselves more naturally: Keep up the good work! Our dog buried my wallet somewhere around here. Keep on digging! If you want to sell more, you … Continue reading Expressions with “Keep”

Expressions with ‘Live’

Here are five expressive idioms with the verb 'live': Live and breathe something – be devoted to a particular activity. I lived and breathed sport while I was a child. Live to tell the tale – survive something dangerous and be able to tell the others about it. Some people survive cancer and live to … Continue reading Expressions with ‘Live’

Expressions with ‘SAVE’

Here are some common English expressions which could be useful in many different situations: Save a bundle – save a lot of money.Ex: I saved a bundle by buying things on sales. Save one’s breath – it’s no use talking to someone if they’re not listening.Ex: Save your breath! They can’t hear you because of … Continue reading Expressions with ‘SAVE’

Binomials

There are many phrases in English that use two words connected with 'and'. For example wine and dine, home and hosed. These expressions are known as binomials. In these phrases the word order is usually fixed; we always say 'wine and dine', we never say 'dine and wine'. Home and hosed – safe and successful. … Continue reading Binomials

Expressions with ‘Touch’

Get in touch (with someone) - to initiate contact with someone. Ex: I’ve been trying to get in touch with you all morning. Where have you been? Lose one’s touch – lose an ability to do something as well as we used to. Ex: It seems like Jane’s lost her touch with skiing. Magic touch … Continue reading Expressions with ‘Touch’

Idioms about Money

Earn a fortune - to earn a lot of money He made a fortune on the stock market. Tighten your belt - to reduce the amount of money that you normally spend. We’ve had to tighten our belts since my wife lost her job. Chicken feed - an amount of money that is too small … Continue reading Idioms about Money

Expressions using ’clothes’

Gloves are off A situation which 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! Below the belt If something is below the belt, then we are talking about unacceptable behavior. Ex: He told her that she … Continue reading Expressions using ’clothes’

‘Luck’ expressions

Wish you good luck with these 'luck' expressions: Twist of fate A change in a sequence of events. By a twist of fate, they met again in New York. A stroke of good luck Something good that happens when you least expect it. I opened the book on exactly the same page by a stroke … Continue reading ‘Luck’ expressions

Idioms using animals

Bird's eye view - a good view of something from a high position. Ex: I live on the 17th floor, and I have a bird's eye view of the city. To have a bee in one's bonnet -  to be obsessed about something. Ex: John didn't get the promotion he expected last year, and he … Continue reading Idioms using animals