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...

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...

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...

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 something)...

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,...

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....