She is a peach.
She’s sweet and helpful.

He’s full of beans.
He’s not telling the truth.

It’s not my cup of tea.
I don’t care for that.

He’s full of baloney.
He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

It’s just sour grapes.
They have resentment.

That’s corny.
It’s sentimental, old, and not funny anymore.

I’m in a pickle.
I’m in a dilemma.

He brings home the bacon.
He brings home the family money.

She’s in a stew.
She’s upset.

He’s the top banana.
He’s the headman.

He’s the salt of the earth.
He’s a very good person.

She’s worth her salt.
She’s a valuable employee.

They’re two peas in a pod.
If you see one you see the other.

I’m nuts about you.
I’m in love with you.

It’s a piece of cake.
It’s quite simple.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
You can’t use it and save it.

He’s a real ham.
He’s just an actor (a bad actor.)

It’s a hard nut to crack.
It’s a difficult problem to solve.

He’s a bad egg.
He cannot be trusted.

We need to break the ice.
Everyone’s a little tense – lets be friendly.

We’ll get a baker’s dozen.
We’ll get 13 items (one extra.)

He’s got a finger in every pie.
He has many deals going.

You’ll have to take potluck.
Be happy with what we have on hand.

I smell a rat.
Someone has betrayed

He’s chicken-hearted.
He has no courage.

I could eat a horse.
I’m extremely hungry.

Please don’t monkey around.
Get serious and stop playing.

We’ll kill two birds with one stone.
One solution solves two problems.

It’s three miles as the crow flies.
It’s three miles going straight.

Don’t cry wolf.
Don’t give a false alarm.

It has dog-eared pages.
It’s a well-used popular book.

He’s the underdog.
He’s not the favorite to win.

She’s like a fish out of water.
She is not in her area of expertise.

You’ll stir up a hornet’s nest.
You’ll cause a great deal of new problems.

Don’t let him get your goat.
Don’t let him get you upset.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
Don’t make big of something insignificant.

They are packed like sardines.
There is absolutely no room for even one more.

We got a bird’s eye view.
We had a very good viewpoint from on high.

We’re on a wild-goose chase.
We were chasing something that didn’t exist.

It’s raining cats and dogs.
It is the heaviest rain I have ever seen.

It’s just monkey business.
The business is either his own business or fake.

He’ll weasel out.
He’ll back out of all agreements.

She’ll go ape.
She’ll become very upset.

Let’s talk turkey.
Let’s begin to talk seriously.

Don’t let the cat out of the bag.
Don’t tell our secret.

Those are crocodile tears.
Those are false tears.

He’s a card shark.
He is a professional card player.

We had a whale of a time.
We had a great time.

He drinks like a fish.
He is a heavy alcohol drinker.

I’ve got a frog in my throat.
I need to clear my throat in order to talk right.

He rolled snake eyes.
His dice had two ones.

She’s pig-headed.
She is very stubborn.

It sounds fishy.
It doesn’t sound like it’s true.

Don’t make a hog of yourself.
Don’t take more than your share.

Quit horsing around.
Stop being silly and get serious.

He’s a rat.
He is not to be trusted.

He ratted on me.
He informed others about my secrets.

She is a stool pigeon.
She informs on everybody.

I can’t make heads or tails of it.
I can’t understand what you are talking about.

She’s no spring chicken.
She is a tough old lady.

She lost her head.
She did something crazy.

He can’t keep his head above water.
He’s too busy with many things.

That’s just off the top of my head.
Here’s an idea without too much thought.

She’ll got her head in the clouds.
Her ideas are not practical.

She’s levelheaded.
She’s always has good practical ideas.

I’ve got a lump in my throat.
I am emotionally involved and distressed.

You’d better save your neck.
You must survive this situation.

You better turn the other cheek.
Don’t let what they say bother you!

Just swallow your pride.
Forget your pride and solve the problem.

My lips are sealed.
I will never reveal the secret.

It’s a slap in the face.
That is an insult.

You can talk until you’re blue in the face.
They aren’t listening to you.

You must face the music.
Admit your error solve it and go on.

She’s got a big mouth.
She talks too much and says the wrong things.

It’s just hand to mouth.
It is a very low cost project.

Keep a stiff upper lip.
Keep trying and you can succeed.

It makes my mouth water.
I think that is a very attractive idea.

It was by word of mouth.
I was told in person.

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I don’t feel comfortable with that idea.

It will melt in your mouth.
You will like this idea.

You can save your breath.
They don’t listen – they’re not open to anything.

She takes my breath away.
She’s the most wonderful creature I’ve ever seen.

I did it by the skin of my teeth.
I just barely got the job done.

It’s on the tip of my tongue.
I know it – I just can’t say it now.

You’ll eat your words.
Anything you say may come back to haunt you.

She’s got a sharp tongue.
Her words are like a sword – they can hurt.

It’s my mother tongue.
It is my native language.

It was a slip of the tongue.
I didn’t intend to say that.

He said it tongue in cheek.
He was kidding when he said that.

She’s tongue-tied.
She’s so excited she can’t speak.

I only have eyes for you.
You are the object of my affection.

I never want to lay eyes on you.
Go! I never want to see you again.

I’ve got my eye on you.
I’m watching you – one mistake and you’re gone.

He’s making eyes at her.
He is flirting with her.

That’ll make your eyes pop.
You will be really surprised when this happens.

I can’t believe my eyes.
What I am seeing is hard to believe.

There’s more than meets the eye.
You are not telling me all the facts.

She’s a sight for sore eyes.
We’re very happy to see her – we need her.

You need to catch his eye.
You must get his attention.

His eyes are bigger than his stomach.
He takes more food than he can eat.

Feast your eyes on that.
Isn’t that a wonderful thing we have here?

She will pull the wool over his eyes.
She will fool him every time.

It’s a highbrow place.
It is a very high-class place.

You’ll pay through the nose.
It’s extremely costly to do that.

Don’t turn up your nose at me.
Don’t think you are better than I am.

She’s got a nose for news.
She can get a story from almost nothing.

She won by a nose.
It was a very close race.

You need to lead them by the nose.
You have to tell them every single detail.

Keep your nose clean.
Be honest and ethical.

It’s nothing to sneeze at.
It is a good offer.

It’s under your nose.
It’s right there in front of you.

She won by a hair.
She won by just a tiny bit.

I’m all ears.
I am listening with great interest.

It was an ear-splitting sound.
The noise hurt my ears.

It goes in one ear and out the other.
He doesn’t listen to anyone.

Keep your ear to the ground.
Listen everywhere to find what is going on.

You’d better prick up your ears.
Pay attention to what is happening.

She can wind him around her little finger.
She can manipulate him to do what she wants.

He’s got a finger in every pie.
He is trying every possible way.

My hands are tied.
There is nothing I can do because of regulations.

Please lend me a hand.
Help me with this.

Give him a hand.
Clap your hand in appreciation.

Give him a hand.
Help him.

He’s got a green thumb.
He is good at gardening.

I’m all thumbs.
I am very clumsy.

I’ve got it all at my fingertips.
I have all the right information.

He’s an old hand.
He has lots of experience at that.

She’s got her hands full.
She has more things to do than she can handle.

I wash my hands of it all.
I want no part of this thing.

He was caught red-handed.
He was caught in the act of a crime.

Don’t let it slip through your fingers.
Don’t let this good customer get away.

You must get the upper hand.
Get an advantage on your competitor.

He’s up in arms about it.
He has gotten upset about something.

I only got hand-me-downs.
What I got was all second-hand stuff.

I’ve got to hand it to you.
I admire what you have done.

It’s hands off to you.
You are not to do any work on this item.

Try to thumb a ride.
Beg for a ride.

We are short-handed.
I need your help.

You must toe the line.
Everyone must follow all the rules.

He’s got cold feet.
He’s frightened and doesn’t think he can do it.

He’s a heel.
He does not act like a gentleman with ladies.

You better shake a leg.
You need to work faster.

She’s pulling my leg.
She is trying to trick or fool me.

You’ll foot the bill.
You will have to pay the entire cost.

You’ll have to put your foot down.
You’ll need to assert yourself be more forceful.

You don’t have a leg to stand on.
You are not secure in your position.

You’ve got to put your best foot forward.
Go with the best idea that you have.

Don’t drag your feet.
Don’t delay – get to work.

You’ve got to get a foot in the door.
You must get the customers attention.

The shoe is on the other foot now.
Now they have the problem, not us.

You’ll step on her toes.
You’ll be moving in on her territory.

He’s got a chip on his shoulder.
He is looking for an excuse to fight.

She gave him the cold shoulder.
She is trying to get him to leave her alone.

Get off my back!
Leave me alone and let me get to work.

Get it off your chest.
Tell me exactly what is bothering you.

I need some elbowroom.
We are too crowded in this office.

He’s a thorn in my side.
Everything he does irritates me.

He turns my stomach.
He totally disgusts me.

I’ve got butterflies in my stomach.
I’m very nervous about this deal.

She can’t stomach it.
She thinks this deal is too rotten to do.

He’s lily-livered.
He too much a coward to do it.

She makes my flesh creep.
She is extremely revolting in her attitude.

She’s a busybody.
She pays attention to everybody else’s business.

We need a heart to heart talk.
We need to talk confidentially.

You need to learn this by heart.
You need to know this stuff well.

Please! Have a heart.
Get some feelings about being nice.

My heart is in my mouth.
I’m extremely nervous about this deal.

Don’t take it to heart.
Don’t take this personally – it’s just business.

She’s a hard-hearted woman.
She has no compassion for anyone.

She’s got a heart of stone.
She makes decisions without regard to people.

Eat your heart out.
You are envious of my success.

You’ll break my heart.
I’ll be disappointed about this.

He’s our ace in the hole.
When all else fails – he will save us.

He’s a stuffed shirt.
He is very pretentious.

We are ahead of the game.
Right now we are in advantage.

They’re all shook up.
They are upset that we are winning.

They’re all washed up.
They have been defeated.

He’s asleep at the switch.
He’s not alert to what is going on.

He’ll do after a fashion.
He’ll learn to do better but not well.

She’s a back seat driver.
She always will criticize any idea.

He’s a ball of fire.
He’s one of best workers.

You’re barking up the wrong tree.
You have totally the wrong approach.

His bark is worse than his bite.
He yells but he doesn’t mean anything by it.

You’ve got bats in your belfry.
You are crazy and have ridiculous ideas.

She will bawl him out.
She will verbally discipline him.

Don’t beat around the bush.
Stop talking in circles – speak directly.

I need my beauty sleep.
I need to sleep.

It’s no bed of roses.
This will not be easy.

I’m behind the eight ball.
I am in trouble with the boss.

He’s beside himself with misery.
He is extremely miserable.

It’s better late than never.
Being late is bad but it’s better than never.

He’s the big cheese.
He is the headman.

He’s the big wheel.
He’s the big boss.

He’s the big shot.
He is an important man.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t try to do more than you can accomplish.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Be loyal to your company that pays you.

He’ll soon bite the dust.
He soon will be found out and lose.

Don’t blow your top.
Stay calm.

Don’t blow your cool.
Remain calm and collected.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you.
You’ve something that is a problem to me.

You should brush up on it.
You need to study and learn this.

You need to build a fire under them.
They need to be motivated.

You’ll need to burn the midnight oil.
You will have to work overtime.

Don’t break your word.
Do what you have promised.

We need to break the news.
We need to tell them the bad news.

Let’s bury the hatchet.
Let’s forget our old fights and hatreds.

We won by a hair.
We won a very close victory.

By hook or crook we’ll do it.
We’ll do it whatever it takes.

Let’s call it a day.
That’s enough work for today.

Let’s call it quits.
Let’s stop for now.

You call the shots.
You make the decisions.

It’s a can of worms.
That is a big bunch of problems.

I ride in a car pool.
A group of us ride to work together.

Don’t chicken out on us.
Don’t get scared and leave.

He’s a chip off the old block.
He is just like his dad.

We need to cut our losses.
We must withdraw form a losing situation.

You’ve cooked your own goose.
You are in a problem of your own making.

You make me crack up.
I find you extremely funny.

You need to crack a book.
Open up a book and learn something.

You need to crack a joke.
Don’t be so serious all the time.

It cramps my style.
You have put too many limits on me.

He’s the cream of the crop.
He is the best there is.

Don’t cut corners.
Follow all of the rules.

It’s a cut and dried situation.
There are no changes or discussions – just do it.

We’re at a dead stop.
We can’t do anything right now.

He’s dead to the world.
He is so tired he can’t function.

It will soon die out.
That problem will be gone soon.

They’re a dime a dozen.
They aren’t worth anything.

Watch him do a double take.
He will gasp when he sees this.

She’s down in the dumps.
She is very depressed.

She got a dose of her own medicine.
She got just the trouble that she gives others.

Well, that’s down the drain.
We have completely lost everything on this.

That’s all down the tubes.
We have totally lost everything on this.

Don’t drag your feet on this.
Get working and stop the delaying.

I’m drawing a blank.
I don’t have any idea on this.

We need to draw the line here.
We make no more concessions.

He drives a hard bargain.
He makes it tough to make much of a profit.

It’s just a drop in the bucket.
That is just the beginning of the problems.

She eats like a bird.
She just picks at her food.

She eats like a horse.
She eats like a hungry man.

He’s at the end of his rope.
He is just about out of ideas and energy.

I feel like a million dollars.
I feel wonderful.

Finders keepers – losers weepers.
The finders are happy – the losers unhappy.

It will fit like a glove.
The two situations work well together

They’re going to flip their lid.
They are going to be extremely unhappy.

He will fly off the handle.
He will be very upset.

Don’t fool around with that.
Leave that situation alone.

It’s a foolproof scheme.
This idea is sure to succeed.

This is for keeps.
This is it – no changes – no getting out.

You’ll need to fork out some dough.
You will have to pay some cash.

He’s out getting forty winks.
He is taking a quick nap.


Can they get away with that?
Will they be able to do that without trouble?

Let’s get down to brass tacks.
Let’s do some serious talking.

I’ll get even.
I will return the bad you did to me.

Get off my back.
Stop bothering me and let me do my work.

Let’s get the ball rolling.
Let’s start the work on this.

We’ll get to the bottom of it.
We will find out exactly what is the problem.

He got out of the bed on the wrong side.
The day started bad and hasn’t gotten any better.

He doesn’t have a ghost of a chance.
There is no way he can succeed.

He’s giving me a hard time.
He is teasing me about that.

We had a high time.
We had a good time.

You hit the nail on the head.
That is exactly the situation.

They will hit the ceiling.
They will be extremely upset.

That is a hit below the belt.
That is not playing fair or honest.

Give him an inch and he’ll take a mile.
Give a little and he takes a lot.

Don’t give yourself away.
Don’t let them know what your plan is.

They’ll have to give up the ghost.
They will have to give up trying.

He’s a real globetrotter.
He travels all over the world.

They just go around in circles.
They go in all directions without any success.

They will go into orbit.
They will be very upset.

They can just go jump in a lake.
If they don’t like it – too bad.

Don’t go off the deep end.
Don’t go to extremes on this.

Grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Other things always look easier.

Just grin and bear it.
Forget the problems – keep working.

They often just ham it up.
They like to get very dramatic.

He’s got one foot in the grave.
He is too old.

I’m going to hit the sack.
I’m going to bed.

She’s going to hit the hay.
She is going to bed.

That just won’t hold water.
That idea just won’t work.

He can’t hold down a job.
He has lost every job he ever had.

Don’t horse around.
Don’t play around – be serious.

Keep them in the dark.
Don’t let them know what is going on.

You must hang in there.
Keep trying.

She has a lot of hang-ups.
She has a lot of irrational objections.

I can see the handwriting on the wall.
I can sense the mood of people.

Go and have a ball.
Go and enjoy yourself.

We will have the last laugh.
They are winning now but in the end we will win.

Hold on to your hat.
Be patient.

Hold on to your horses. (Hold your horses)
Don’t get too excited.

Have your own way. OK!
Do what you want.

You’ve got two strikes against you.
One more mistake and you are out!

That’s it in a nutshell.
That is a short summary of the situation.

She’s often

in my hair.
She is often in my way.

We’ve got one thing in the hole.
One thing is on our side.

We are in the same boat.
We both have the same problem.

We are in full swing now.
We are all working full time on this.

We have more irons in the fire.
We have many other things to do.

He’s a jack-of-all-trades.
He has many talents.

Don’t jump down my throat.
Don’t criticize me so severely.

It’s just what the doctor ordered.
That is an excellent solution.

You keep the ball rolling.
Keep up your good efforts.

Now keep that under your hat.
Don’t tell this to anyone.

You keep plugging away.
Keep working to solve this.

That’s a kick in the pants.
That is a good encouragement.

Knock it off!
Stop doing that!

He’s about to kick the bucket.
He is about to die.

He knows the ropes.
He knows what he is doing.

That is the last straw.
He has made one error too many.

You need to let off some steam.
Don’t contain all your anger.

Don’t lie down on the job.
Keep working – don’t slow down.

She is a long shot to win.
She is not the most likely winner.

He’s a long-winded talker.
He talks and talks.

She looked daggers at him.
She gave him a look of disapproval.

Don’t look down on them.
Don’t think you are better than they are.

You’ll lose your shirt doing that.
You will lose everything.

That is a lost cause.
You cannot succeed.

We’ll lower the boom on them.
We will soundly defeat them.

That’ll make the fur fly.
That will get their attention.

She can’t make ends meet.
She spends more than she makes.

Make yourself at home.
Act as if this was your home.

He’s a man of his word.
He always keeps promises.

It’s a matter of life and death.
This is a very serious situation.

Your name is mud.
You will be thought of as a loser.

It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
It is a difficult thing to find.

She’s an old flame.
She’s a past girlfriend.

It happens once in a blue moon.
It will never happen.

It’s on the house.
You do not need to pay for it.

Be on the lookout for her.
Watch for her.

He’s on the bandwagon.
He has joined our side of the argument.

She’s on the ball.
She is very perceptive.

He’s out of date.
He is living in the past.

That is out of the question.
That idea is not acceptable.



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