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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5 idioms with 'above'


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Idiom Meaning Example
a notch above a little higher in quality (than sb or sth) "This provider is a notch above others in terms of pricing."
above the law not having to obey or follow rules and regulations "Nobody should be above the law. Not even the president!"
above one's head too difficult for someone to understand, to comprehend "I'll take my car to the garage tomorrow. Reapairing it is above my head!"
over and above in addition to, on top of, besides "We'll need another 562€ over and above what we already have."
above board fair, without corruption, in the open "The negotiations were open and above board."
funny money counterfeit money, money that has been printed illegally "They say he was caught trying to pay with funny money."





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  1. en sus de
  2. honnête, réglo
  3. ça me dépasse
  4. monnaie de singe
  5. un cran au dessus
  6. au dessus des lois

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17 October 2011

5 Money Idioms


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Idiom Meaning Example
deep pockets sb (or sth) with deep pockets has a lot of money "My business is failing. I need a friend with deep pockets to help me."
loan shark sb who lends money to people and charges high interest rates "The bank won't lend me money, so I have to see a loan-shark."
go Dutch share the cost of a meal or something done together "We decided to go Dutch because the restaurant was rather expensive."
in the black making money, profitable, not in the red "Our firm has been in the black since last year. Before then we were in the red."
funny money counterfeit money, money that has been printed illegally. "They say he was caught trying to pay with funny money."
big cheese an important person, a leader "She's a big cheese in this company, so you should be nice to her."





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  1. usurier
  2. solvable
  3. disposer de beaucoup d'argent
  4. partager les frais
  5. monnaie de singe
  6. gros bonnet, grosse légume

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