List of American Idioms and Expressions
1. Break the Bank
- Example: Buying a new car won’t break the bank for him.
- Meaning: To use up all of one’s money.
2. Penny for Your Thoughts
- Example: You look deep in thought, a penny for your thoughts?
- Meaning: Asking someone what they are thinking.
3. Tie the Knot
- Example: They’re going to tie the knot next month.
- Meaning: To get married.
4. On the Rocks
- Example: Their marriage is on the rocks.
- Meaning: Experiencing difficulties and likely to fail.
5. Burn the Midnight Oil
- Example: She’s burning the midnight oil to finish the project.
- Meaning: To work late into the night.
6. Get the Ball Rolling
- Example: Let’s get the ball rolling on this project.
- Meaning: To start something.
7. Bite the Bullet
- Example: I hate going to the dentist, but I’ll just have to bite the bullet.
- Meaning: To face a difficult or unpleasant situation.
8. The Ball is in Your Court
- Example: I’ve done all I can; now the ball is in your court.
- Meaning: It’s someone else’s turn to take action.
H3: Everyday Life Idioms
- Bite the bullet – Face a difficult situation bravely.
- Break a leg – Good luck.
- Burn the midnight oil – Work late into the night.
- Cry over spilled milk – Worrying about things that can’t be changed.
H3: Business and Work Idioms
- Ballpark figure – An approximate number.
- Climb the corporate ladder – Advance in one’s career.
- Cut corners – Do something in the easiest or cheapest way.
- Get down to brass tacks – Discuss the essential aspects of a situation.
H3: Relationship Idioms
- Tie the knot – Get married.
- Bury the hatchet – Make peace.
- Go the extra mile – Make a special effort.
- Read between the lines – Understand the hidden meaning.
H2: How to Use These Idioms in Your Tutoring Sessions
- Interactive Exercises: Create exercises that require students to use idioms in sentences.
- Storytelling: Incorporate idioms into short stories to make them more relatable.
- Real-world Applications: Use idioms in role-playing scenarios that mimic real-life situations.