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Extra
11-21-2008, 09:14 AM
Let's add English idioms that we already know here and their meanings. Also, you can ask about idioms you have seen and would like for someone to explain what they mean.

imgek
11-24-2008, 08:39 PM
Do you mean something like that?

To beat a dead horse - to try to do something in vain.

Bemdessa
11-24-2008, 08:46 PM
Don?t judge the book by the cover :-D

imgek
11-24-2008, 08:55 PM
Irada, I think it's a proverb.

Bemdessa
11-24-2008, 08:58 PM
I know (H)

imgek
11-24-2008, 09:04 PM
OK, let's make things clear then!

A proverb is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated, which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity.

An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be made sense of from the literal definition, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use.

Bemdessa
11-24-2008, 09:07 PM
What about: Wear the trousers (H) (The partner in a couple who wears the trousers is the one who makes the
important decisions).

imgek
11-24-2008, 09:09 PM
Great!

Bemdessa
11-25-2008, 03:07 AM
A Leopard can't change his spots ( You cannot change who you are)

imgek
11-25-2008, 03:34 PM
Pee in the same pot - unite in; act together.

Bemdessa
12-01-2008, 07:35 AM
A day late and a dollar short: If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, to late

Bzpstakmai Uamsnl
12-01-2008, 08:56 AM
To go after red herrings- means to go or choose the wrong way

imgek
12-06-2008, 03:40 AM
To fall on deaf ears - to ignore somebody's entreaties

Lesbi
12-08-2008, 07:31 AM
catch22-ситуация замкнутого круга,hard as nails-безчувственный человек

imgek
12-11-2008, 08:08 PM
Down and out - in a helpless state

imgek
12-12-2008, 06:35 PM
idiomcenter.com - English-Russian and Russian-English dictionary *of idioms, phrases, proverbs, slang words etc. (Y)

imgek
12-12-2008, 08:48 PM
Podcasts with English idioms and slang (Y)

http://englishcaster.com/idioms/

Andrew
01-22-2009, 10:19 PM
walking in my shoes - it means to be in my situation.

Bemdessa
01-24-2009, 07:34 PM
All in the same boat - when everyone is facing the same challenges

LiKa
01-26-2009, 05:51 AM
Помогите пожал-ста перевести идиомку--

The tin is as good as empty. :-)

imgek
01-26-2009, 11:08 PM
Are you sure it's an idiom? I've tried to google the phrase and got no result.

LiKa
01-27-2009, 12:25 AM
А если это пословица?

imgek
01-28-2009, 04:31 PM
Ann, where did you read this phrase? (dt) Perhaps it was taken out of context...

imgek
01-28-2009, 04:51 PM
hit the ground running - to begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence.

Example.

Barack Obama has hit the ground running with important announcements in the area of foreign affairs.

imgek
01-29-2009, 03:27 AM
Search me! - I have no idea, I don't know

imgek
01-31-2009, 03:38 AM
have a ball - have a good time

"I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball"

(from "Money, money, money" by ABBA)

Leya
02-25-2009, 08:56 AM
The tin is as good as empty. *ну *может *типо *чемодан *без *ручки??? * НИкому *не нужная *вещь????? *A *thing *of *naught?

Bzpstakmau Peakmnrs
02-27-2009, 06:40 AM
put the context, where such so called idioms to found (sc)

Bzpstakmau Peakmnrs
02-27-2009, 06:41 AM
... to be found

Bemdessa
03-17-2009, 06:52 PM
Keep your ear to the ground -if someone keeps his ear to the ground he tries to keep informed about something, especially if there are some uncertainties.

Besmai Pebemny
04-03-2009, 01:56 PM
From the word go - to do something from the beginning to the end

Besmai Pebemny
04-03-2009, 02:04 PM
Cost an arm and a leg - cost too much

Bzo-Oker
05-02-2009, 03:18 AM
come up smiling-не падать духом, не унывать

Bzo-Oker
05-02-2009, 03:20 AM
at the eleventh hour- в последнюю минуту

Besmai Pebemny
06-02-2009, 06:06 PM
Hit the road - to begin travelling; to leave for home

"It's time to hit the road";
"I'd love to stay longer, but it's really time to hit the road"

Besmai Pebemny
06-02-2009, 06:16 PM
A piece of cake - very easy

"How did you do on the test? Good - it was a piece of cake for me"

imgek
06-23-2009, 09:40 PM
Call off the dogs! - Stop attacking or criticizing someone

imgek
07-04-2009, 05:27 AM
Cat got your tongue? - Why are you silent? Is there a reason that you are not speaking?

imgek
07-12-2009, 03:33 AM
Keep an open mind or have an open mind - to wait until you know all the facts before having an opinion or making a judgment

Besmai Pebemny
07-14-2009, 05:14 PM
Talk is cheap - It's easy to talk about something but harder to do it

Besmai Pebemny
07-14-2009, 05:38 PM
Count your blessings - When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones

Atya
07-15-2009, 05:31 AM
To be a real fruitcake = to be completely mad or insane
To get along swimmingly = to have no problems or difficulties in relationships

imgek
08-06-2009, 05:28 PM
To keep a close eye on something or somebody - to watch something or somebody closely.
Built-in video cameras keep a close eye on all the customers.