English idiom “small beer” refers to something insignificant or unimportant, especially when compared to something else. A synonym for this expression is small potatoes.
“A loan of that size is small beer – these banks are lending millions of pounds a day.”
“We are not talking small potatoes – building the airport means many people in the area will lose their homes.”
When you are cool as a cucumber you are ❛calm, cool and collected❜ in stressful and nerve-wracking situations. Does this sound like you? Are you cool as a cucumber?
Which of the following English idioms does NOT mean ❛I have a problem❜ or ❛I am in trouble❜?
a) I am in a jam.
b) I am in a pickle.
c) I am in a mess.
d) I am in a fix.
e) I am in a predicament.
f) I am in a bind.
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If the world is your oyster, you have the ability to do anything you want or
set you mind to do.
“The young people of today have so many advantages.
The world is their oyster.”
English idiom “Food for Thought” means something for someone to think about.
“Your essay has provided me with some interesting food for thought.”
Have you ever heard of the English idiom to stick to your guns? It means ❛to stand by what you believe in, even when other people disagree or try to make you change your opinion❜. Here is an example:
“David’s family were against him becoming an actor but he stuck to his guns.”
In this sentence David refused to change his opinion despite the fact that his family disagreed – he stuck to his guns.
Below, you will find an article that also demonstrates the use of this English expression:
Post-war artists who stuck to their guns
– independent.co.uk, 12 December 2011, Adrian Hamilton
Can you think of some more examples of individuals who stuck to their guns?
If you eat like a horse, you always eat a lot of food.
“Tracy eats like a horse, so I don’t know how she manages to stay so slim.”
An English idiom that you can use to say that ❛two or more people are in the same situation or have the same problem❜ is to be in the same boat. For example:
“The weather was horrible, but that was something that all of the athletes had to deal with. They were in the same boat.”
Tom: “I’m broke. Can you lend me twenty dollars?”
Bill: “Sorry. I’m in the same boat.”
A good night’s sleep may help us find an answer to our problem.
To get a kick out of something means…
a) to hate doing something
b) to enjoy doing something very much
c) to want to do something
d) to be afraid of doing something
The correct answer is b) to enjoy something very much.