ตัวอย่าง Idioms ที่ใช้บ่อย 100 คำ
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- A Babe In The Woods
ตัวอย่าง What do you know? You are just a babe in the woods
- A Bed Of Roses
ตัวอย่าง Working here is no bed of roses.
- A Bird's Eye View
ตัวอย่าง This photo, taken from an airplane, gives you a bird's eye view.
- A Bitter Pill To Swallow
ตัวอย่าง Spending a week in the psychiatric hospital was a bitter pill to swallow, but Jake really needed to do it.
- A Blessing In Disguise
ตัวอย่าง When I first lost that job, I was upset. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
- A Breath Of Fresh Air
ตัวอย่าง I love having this new student in my class. His positive attitude is a breath of fresh air.
- A Bundle Of Nerves
ตัวอย่าง I have to give a speech tomorrow, and I am a bundle of nerves.
- A Case In Point
ตัวอย่าง Jane called. She will be late for this morning's meeting. Reply: Case in point. We really cannot rely on her.
- A Change Of Pace
ตัวอย่าง What would you like me to make for dinner? Reply: Let's have sushi, for a change of pace.
- A Chip On Your Shoulder
ตัวอย่าง He lost his game this morning, and now he has a chip on his shoulder.
- A Diamond In The Rough
ตัวอย่าง Have you spoken with Jean before? Isn't she a diamond in the rough.
- A Dream Come True
ตัวอย่าง Becoming a movie star was a dream come true.
- A Foregone Conclusion
ตัวอย่าง I knew they would lose. It was a foregone conclusion.
- A Lost Cause
ตัวอย่าง My uncle Bob fails at everything he does. He is a lost cause.
- A Slap On The Wrist
ตัวอย่าง He should be in jail for what he did, but he got off with just a slap on the wrist.
- A Standing Offer
ตัวอย่าง You have a standing offer to join us for dinner whenever you like.
- A Taste Of Your Own Medicine
ตัวอย่าง Did you see those two people cutting in front of us in line just now? Let's cut in front of them and give them a taste of their own medicine!
- Above Average
ตัวอย่าง Are you a very good tennis player? Reply: I'm above average.
- All Out War
ตัวอย่าง It used to be they occasionally fired a missile. Now it's all out war.
- An Axe To Grind
ตัวอย่าง Tell your brother that I have an axe to grind with him!
- Back The Wrong Horse
ตัวอย่าง Who did you bet on in the superbowl? Reply: Arizona. Answer: Ouch. You backed the wrong horse.
- Bad Blood Between People
ตัวอย่าง My brother and I haven't spoken since childhood. There is a lot of bad blood between us.
- Beating A Dead Horse
ตัวอย่าง I'd like to talk with you again about what happened. Reply: Oh, come on. Let's not beat a dead horse.
- Beating A Path To Your Door
ตัวอย่าง I don't see anyone beating a path to your door.
- Before You Know It
ตัวอย่าง Enjoy your freedom! Before you know it, you'll be married and settling down with children.
- Bend Over Backwards
ตัวอย่าง We bent over backwards to help him, and he never even thanked us!
- Bite Your Head Off
ตัวอย่าง I'm sorry you had a bad day, but you don't have to bite my head off.
- Breaking The News
ตัวอย่าง It is the goal of every great reporter to break the news.
- Brushing Up On
ตัวอย่าง Are you going to brush up on your Spanish before you go to Mexico?
- Burning The Candle At Both Ends
ตัวอย่าง Would you like to go to a party tonight? Reply: I can't. I'm way too tired. I've been burning the candle at both ends all week.
- Can't Cut The Mustard
ตัวอย่าง Did you hear that Williams got fired? Reply: Yes. He couldn't cut the mustard.
- Can't Help But Do Something
ตัวอย่าง When she said that, I couldn't help but laugh.
- Crying Over Spilled Milk
ตัวอย่าง We came so close. Really. We almost won that game! Reply: There's no use crying over spilled milk.
- Doing Your Homework
ตัวอย่าง John is an excellent lawyer. He always does his homework.
- Don't Burn Your Bridges
ตัวอย่าง On his last day on the job he got in a huge fight with his boss. Answer: Why would he want to go burning his bridges like that? Someday he might want to work there again.
- Don't Count Your Chickens (Until They've Hatched)
ตัวอย่าง Do you think that Bill is going to offer you a promotion this month? Reply: I won't count my chickens until they have hatched.
- Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
ตัวอย่าง My father is a very careful investor; he never puts all of his eggs in one basket.
- Down The Street
ตัวอย่าง Where does your grandmother live? Reply: She's just down the street.
- Down To Earth
ตัวอย่าง Your brother is great. He's so down to earth.
- Down To The Wire
ตัวอย่าง What a close race. Reply: It's down to the wire.
- Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures
ตัวอย่าง Sales have been slow and we had to let go three of our employees; drastic times call for drastic measures.
- Dry Spell
ตัวอย่าง We've been having quite a dry spell lately; it hasn't rained in over two weeks.
- Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Makes A Man Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise
ตัวอย่าง All of his life, my grandfather went to bed early and got up with the sun. Reply: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
- Earn One's Keep
ตัวอย่าง You did a lot of work today. Reply: I'm just earning my keep.
- Fair Game
ตัวอย่าง Ryan is getting out of the car here, so the front seat is fair game.
- Fish For Something
ตัวอย่าง You keep asking where I was last night. What are you fishing for?
- Fixed In Your Ways
ตัวอย่าง I tried many different things when I was young, but I'm older now and more fixed in my ways.
- For Life
ตัวอย่าง Did you know that wolves mate for life?
- Fresh Out Of Something
ตัวอย่าง Sorry, but we are fresh out of tomatoes.
- Generous To A Fault
ตัวอย่าง My grandfather's was generous to a fault. He gave away all of his money. Reply: But he did help a lot of people.
- Give Him The Slip
ตัวอย่าง Quick- there is a police car behind us; let's give him the slip!
- Go Back To The Drawing Board
ตัวอย่าง It looks like my plan to kill the weeds in the garden has failed. Back to the drawing board.
- Great Minds Think Alike
ตัวอย่าง I was just thinking to call you, then the phone rang and it was you calling me. Reply: Great minds think alike.
- Have Something Down Pat
ตัวอย่าง Did you memorize the speech? Reply: I''ve got it down pat.
- I'd Give My Right Arm For That
ตัวอย่าง I would give my right arm for a car like that.
- Icing On The Cake
ตัวอย่าง Today I was promoted to head of the department! And they decided to raise my pay! Answer: Wow! Icing on the cake!
- Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools
ตัวอย่าง My mother taught me that children should always be kept busy; idle hands are the devil's tools!
- If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
ตัวอย่าง You think Tiger Woods should change his golf swing? Are you kidding? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
- If It's Not One Thing, It's Another
ตัวอย่าง First the car broke down, and now I can't find my keys! If it's not one thing, it's another!
- If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them
ตัวอย่าง When did you change teams? Reply: Hey: If you can't beat them, join them.
- In Disguise
ตัวอย่าง Did that octopus just change color? Reply: Yes. He's in disguise.
- In The Dark
ตัวอย่าง Did you understand question number three? Answer: Not at all, I was totally in the dark.
- In The Heat Of The Moment
ตัวอย่าง You never really know for sure what you will do in the heat of the moment.
- Its Anyone's Call
ตัวอย่าง Who do you think will win this election? Answer: Its anyone's call.
- Jump Through Hoops
ตัวอย่าง Why haven't you opened your restaurant yet? Reply: They have us jumping through hoops to get the license.
- Keep A Stiff Upper Lip
ตัวอย่าง No matter what happens, I want you to keep a stiff upper lip.
- Lend Me Your Ear
ตัวอย่าง Could you lend me your ear for a minute? I need to talk with you about something.
- Lost His Head
ตัวอย่าง I got so angry yesterday. I completely lost my head.
- Method To My Madness
ตัวอย่าง Give me a moment to explain; there is method to my madness.
- Misery Loves Company
ตัวอย่าง She's not happy, so she wants the rest of us to suffer too! Reply: Misery loves company.
- No Pain, No Gain
ตัวอย่าง To play at that level, you are going to have to practice all of the time, you know. Reply: No pain, no gain.
- Off Again, On Again
ตัวอย่าง With this rain today, our baseball game has been off again, on again.
- Old As The Hills
ตัวอย่าง I love your grandfather's house. It's as old as the hills.
- Over My Head
ตัวอย่าง Did you get that last question on the test? Reply: No, it was over my head.
- Pack A Punch
ตัวอย่าง Don't fight with him. He can really pack a punch.
- Practice Makes Perfect
ตัวอย่าง See how fast you are getting better at the piano? Practice makes perfect.
- Protest Too Much
ตัวอย่าง You do like that girl, don't you? Answer: No! I don't! Not at all! Why do you think so? Reply: You protest too much. #Protest too much comes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare; the Queen speaking: The lady doth protest too much, methinks. (Note: people do not usually use the word methinks when they are speaking English today.) To protest too much is to insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what you are saying.
- Roll Out The Red Carpet
ตัวอย่าง Our most important client will be in town tomorrow, so let's all roll out the red carpet and take him out to dinner.
- Rome Was Not Built In One Day
ตัวอย่าง Are you still working on that same painting? Answer: Hey! Rome was not built in one day!
- Second Nature
ตัวอย่าง She started playing the piano when she was very young; now it is like second nature to her.
- Set Someone Or Something On Fire
ตัวอย่าง What set him on fire? Reply: I don't know. He's been this way all morning.
- Sit In On Something
ตัวอย่าง Do you mind if I sit in on your class?
- Sleep In
ตัวอย่าง I won't be at the early meeting tomorrow. I'm sleeping in.
- Take A Nap
ตัวอย่าง Every day after lunch my grandfather takes a nap.
- Take Someone Under One's Wings
ตัวอย่าง This new gal at the office is doing so well, now that Terry has taken her under her wings.
- Take The Bull By The Horns
ตัวอย่าง That was a tough situation. Thanks for taking the bull by the horns.
- The Ball Is In Your Court
ตัวอย่าง The seller has offered us the house for $250,000; the ball is in our court. What should we do?
- The Best Of Both Worlds
ตัวอย่าง You can either get up early tomorrow and get a lot of work done, or you can stay out late tonight and have fun with your friends, but you can't have the best of both worlds.
- The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
ตัวอย่าง Really, I never meant to hurt anybody... Reply: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
- The Sky Is The Limit
ตัวอย่าง For people who work hard at this company, the sky's the limit.
- The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil
ตัวอย่าง Every time that baby cries, they just run around and give him whatever he wants. Reply: The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
- The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil
ตัวอย่าง Every time that baby cries, they just run around and give him whatever he wants. Reply: The squeeky wheel gets the oil.
- The Writing On The Wall
ตัวอย่าง At that point, the writing was on the wall; we all knew the company was going out of business.
- To be in good hands
- Under The Gun
ตัวอย่าง Everyone at the office has been under the gun since this new manager arrived.
- Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve
ตัวอย่าง She is kind of player who never hides how she's feeling. One look at her and you know if she's winning or losing. Reply: She wears her heart on her sleeve.
- What goes around comes around
ตัวอย่าง What goes around, goes around, goes around Comes all the way back around
- Wine And Dine
ตัวอย่าง How was your business trip? Answer: Great- they wined and dined us all week.
- You Can't Please Everyone
ตัวอย่าง Jen is quite upset that she did not get the job. Reply: Well, you can't please everyone.
- You Scratch My Back And I'll Scratch Yours
ตัวอย่าง I would really appreciate it if you introduce me to him... You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
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