2013 The Year of the Horse – 3 idioms with the word Horse

In honor of the year of the horse let’s learn some new idioms that use the word horse. beat a dead horseTo waste time doing something that has already been tried. “Do you think it’s worth sending my manuscript to other publishers or I am just beating a dead horse?“get something straight from the horse’s mouthTo get information directly from the source of …

Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog V

Let’s look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’ Work like a dog “I have to guard the sheep.” This idiom comes from a time when dogs weren’t often pets, but usually had to work very hard to earn their food. This expression means to work very very hard! “My team at the office had to work like a …

Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog IV

Let’s look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’ Every dog has its day “I got a new car! This is really my day today!” This idiom means that everyone will get a chance at some time or have an opportunity to be great. It comes from a time when dogs were thought of as very low animals. So …

Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog III

Let’s look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks This idiom means it is difficult to make someone change the way they do something. Especially  when they have been doing it the same way for a long time. It is much more difficult to teach an old dog than a puppy. …

Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog II

Let’s look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’ Barking up the wrong tree This expression is when someone has the wrong idea and they are wasting their time. Dogs often like to chase cats or other animals that will run up a tree. If the animal escapes the tree but the dog doesn’t realize it, he keeps barking …

Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog

Le’ts look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’ Let sleeping dogs lie This expression is used to advise against actions that might cause problems. If things are fine right now, we shouldn’t change them if we think there is a danger that things may become worse. *The idea is that if a dog is sleeping and we wake …

Learn English – Idioms "Once in a blue moon."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms. Once in a blue moon Once in a blue moon means rarely, not often. * When we can see a full moon twice in one month it is called a blue moon. It happens very rarely. That is the reason we have this English expression. A: “Do you …

Learn English – Idioms – "Down the drain."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms. Down the drain Down the drain means wasted or lost. “I wanted to go skiing in Vancouver, British Columbia during my trip to Canada but I twisted my ankle yesterday. My plans to ski are down the drain.” “I spent $800 on a nice guitar but I never …

Learn English – Idioms "Out of the woods."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms. Out of the woods Out of the woods means past a critical (very important or serious) stage. Out of the unknown. *We often use this idiom with “yet” at the end. A: “How did Brian’s surgery go?” = How was his surgery? How is Brian now? B: “It …