View Full Version : Idioms...

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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).

11-24-2008, 09:09 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The tin is as good as empty. :-)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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)

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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.