21 October 2011

5 animal idioms




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Idiom Meaning Example
as blind as a bat if you can't see anything at all, you're as blind as a bat. "He's as blind as a bat, and can't see more than a metre ahead."
bear market a period when investors are pessimistic and expect financial losses "This bear market won't last. Business will pick up soon."
to cry wolf to raise a false alarm, to warn of danger that is not there "Don't listen to her. She's just crying wolf again."
dog-eat-dog ready to fight and hurt others in order to get what one wants "It's a dog-eat-dog world, son, the father said. Be careful."
fishy strange and suspicious "I knew sth was fishy when I saw the windows to my flat open."
low-hanging fruit things that are easy to obtain or achieve "In order to succeed, we need to first get the low-hanging fruit."





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  1. marché à la baisse


  2. crier au loup


  3. louche, douteux


  4. être au plus bas


  5. l'égoisme à l'absolu


  6. une chauve-souris



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20 October 2011

5 idioms with 'low'





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Idiom Meaning Example
low-cost not expensive "We're taking a low-cost flight to Tunisia next summer."
low-tech not using the most recent equipment or methods "Yes, this product is simple, low-tech, but quite efficient."
at a low ebb in a bad or weak state "Consumer confidence has been at a low ebb for a while."
low-hanging fruit things that are easy to obtain or achieve "In order to succeed, we need to first get the low-hanging fruit."
low-key not intended to attract a lot of attention "Our wedding will be quite a low-key affair."
red tape unnecessary official rules which make things happen very slowly "Because of red tape, it took two weeks to get a visa."





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  1. (de type) traditionnel


  2. lenteur de l'administration


  3. les tâches/buts simples


  4. économique, bon marché


  5. aller mal


  6. modeste et discrète


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18 October 2011

5 idioms with 'red'






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Idiom Meaning Example
in the red having the situation of spending more money than
you've earned
"Their company found itself about €1.6
million in the red."
red tape unnecessary official rules which make things
happen very slowly
"Because of red tape, it took two weeks to get a
visa."
to catch sb red-handed to catch sb in the act of doing a crime, usually a
theft.
"They caught her red-handed taking money out of
the cash box"
roll out the red carpet greet sb with great respect, give a big
welcome
"When the king visits, they always roll out the
red carpet."
red-eye any flight departing late at night and arriving
early the next morning
"Red-eye flights connect western cities to east
coast cities."
a notch above a little higher in quality (than sb or sth) "This provider is a notch above others in terms of
pricing."




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  • recevoir qn en grande pompe
  • vol de nuit
  • prendre qqn la main dans le sac
  • un cran au-dessus
  • paperasse, chinoiseries administratives
  • à découvert


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