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Idiomatic Expressions in English

The meaning of the English Idiom: Has the cat got your tongue?

Cat got your tongue?

Cat got your tongue? This is a shortened way of saying: Has the cat got your tongue? This idiom can mean the following: Have you nothing to say? Why are you not talking? Why are you not saying anything? Why don’t you answer me? The idiom is used to compel someone to speak, say something, […]

It's raining cats and dogs - English idiom meaning

It’s raining cats and dogs

You may have heard the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs” and wondered what it means. When someone uses this English idiom, it means that it is raining very heavily. That there is a downpour (heavy rain). Oh course it has nothing to do with cats, dogs or any other animal falling from the sky. […]

English Idioms and Slang

To lose my train of thought

To lose my train of thought = to be talking and then suddenly forget what you were talking about. Examples Yesterday I… oh look, there’s a bird at the window. Wait, what was I saying? I lost my train of thought. Every time she tried to tell me her story, she would get off topic […]

English Idioms and Slang

Nick – Informal British English

Nick – Informal British English The word NICK has different meanings in British English and it is always informal and slang. Below we have included some of its uses: To nick is also an informal way of staying To steal in British English Who nicked my pen? = Who stole my pen? In good nick […]

English Idioms and Slang

In the nick of time

In the nick of time = Just in time = almost too late for something, with no time to spare. We arrived at the airport and boarded our plane in the nick of time. I finished the last question in the test in the nick of time nick = a small cut (or piece of […]

To lose track of time

To lose track of time = to forget the time and sometimes be late for something because of it. This is usually because you are so busy or involved in what you are currently doing. Sorry I’m late! I completely lost track of time. You should remind Sally to be punctual, she always loses track […]

The difference between House and Home in English

House vs Home difference

The difference between HOUSE and HOME Something that confuses people learning English is the difference between HOUSE and HOME A HOUSE is the BUILDING where the majority of people live. It normally has bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a dining room. A HOME is a PLACE where someone lives. Normally it […]

To bury the hatchet

To bury the hatchet To bury the hatchet = to resolve a problem and make peace VOCABULARY Bury = to dig a hole in the ground, place something in it and fill it back up with earth Hatchet = a small tool used for cutting down small trees. Examples: After fighting for 3 weeks, they […]

English Idioms and Slang

To call a spade a spade

MEANING OF “TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE” = To stop pretending something doesn’t exist when another person knows it does; to stop using euphemisms in favor of more honest words. To speak plainly. Spade = a large tool used to dig holes in the ground. Examples of this idiom Ok, Mary, let’s call a […]