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Idiomatic Expressions in English

The meaning of the English idiom - Under the Weather - with example sentences.

Under the weather – idiom

The meaning of under the weather When someone is under the weather, it means that the person: is slightly ill. feels a little sick. doesn’t feel well. Sometimes the person’s (body) defences are low and they feel tired or exhausted too. Under the weather can also refer to a person being intoxicated or even a little sad or depressed. […]

The meaning of the English Idiom: Throw in the towel. Includes Origin and example sentences.

Throw in the towel – idiom

To throw in the towel = to quit; to give up; to concede defeat The origin of this idiom comes from boxing. When a boxer is being hit too much, is losing the fight and has great difficultly to continue, then sometimes his coach (or trainer) will throw a towel (or a sponge) into the boxing ring to […]

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Woodward English on Instagram

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The meaning of the English idiom - To sit on the fence

Sit on the fence – Idiom

To sit on the fence = to be uncommitted or undecided = to remain neutral on a certain topic = to not have a stance or open opinion about a topic = to be unable or unwilling to commit oneself to one side of an argument or dispute This English idiom is used when a person does not […]

Icing on the Cake - Meaning of this English Idiom with examples

The icing on the cake – Idiom meaning

First, before we look at the meaning of this idiom, what is icing? Icing = a sugary substance used as coating on cakes or cookies (biscuits) to make them look better or to enhance its flavour. The meaning of Icing on the cake Simple definition: Something that makes a good situation even better or a […]

To put your foot in your mouth meaning and examples.

Put your foot in your mouth – Meaning

Meaning of Put your foot in your mouth To say or do something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone else. The thing you said (or did) usually gets you into trouble, especially if you hadn’t thought carefully before speaking or doing it. You embarrass yourself by saying something wrong or inappropriate, something that you should […]

Couch Potato - Meaning of this English Idiom

Couch Potato – English Idiom Meaning

Meaning of Couch Potato A couch potato is a person who spends a lot of time watching television with little or no physical activity. They can do this either sitting or lying down on a couch (or sofa) or even sitting in an armchair. The idea is that they don’t move very much and a […]