Common English Phrases
This section is all about having fun while you learn. I thought it would be a refreshing change of pace from all work and no play, to include a page consisting of all play and no work! Keep reading....it will soon become clear as to what I mean!
Have you ever sat in a room full of people, but felt too self-conscious about your English skills to contribute a few words to the general chatter? I'm sure most of us have felt like that from time to time. Do not fret....help is on the way!
The following tips and tricks of English are easy to master and quite simple to remember. Use any of them at the proper interval during a group conversation, and you'll have an audience in no time!
Have fun while you learn!
English common phrase: 'caught up to speed'
Definition: finally lighten your work load and get the job done!
Ex: After working all through the night, Jane was happily 'caught up to speed' with her colossal pile of laundry.
English common phrase: 'no skin off my nose'
Definition: another's actions that does not affect you.
Ex: It's no skin off my nose if Ted insists on acting like a jerk.
English common phrase: 'it never rains but it pours'
Definition: troubling times all come at once.
Ex: I tell you Betty, with all the trouble this family has seen in the past week, it never rains but it pours, to be sure!
English common phrase: 'let the cat out of the bag'
Definition: to tell a secret.
Ex: Remember everybody, this is a surprise party for Bob so please, do not let the cat out of the bag about our plans!
English common phrase: 'the sun is splitting the rocks'
Definition: Glorious sunny weather.
Ex: Rise and shine everyone, as the sun is splitting the rocks and we have a picnic to attend!
English common phrase: 'come hell or high water'
Definition: nothing will stand in your way.
Ex: Come hell or high water, I fully intend to visit my family this Christmas!
English common phrase: 'there's no time like the present'
Definition: Don't delay; take care of something immediately.
Ex: Ok, you have convinced me; there's no time like the present to finally quit smoking.
English common phrase: 'make hay while the sun shines'
Definition: performing a task when it's clearly the proper time to do it.
Ex: OK students, lets make hay while the sun shines, and finish our field trip while the opportunity is there for the taking.
English common phrase: 'waste not, want not'.
Definition: Practise being frugal in all areas of your daily life, and you'll never be in need of anything.
Ex: The most important lesson my beloved grandmother taught me, was to waste not want not, and I'd never be without.
English common phrase: 'right as rain'.
Definition: blatantly obvious; without doubt.
Ex: You are certainly right as rain about global warming causing heaps of despair for future generations.
More Common English Phrases
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