Last time, we introduced “Under the weather”, “Break a leg”, “Once in a blue moon”, “Go down in flames” and “Beat around the bush”. And now, we are going to learn five more English idioms.

  1. Hit the sack
    Meaning: to go to bed
    How do you use it?
    When you’re exhausted or sleepy, it’s time for you to “hit the sack”.

    Example: “I need to get up early tomorrow, so I’m going to hit the sack.”
  2. Miss the boat
    Meaning: It’s too late
    How do you use it?
    Use this when you let an opportunity pass by or lose the chance to do something. If you miss the chance to get concert tickets to see your favorite artist, you’ve “missed the boat”.

    Example: “He didn’t show up in the auditions, so he missed the boat to get a role in the show.”
  3. By the Skin of Your Teeth
    Meaning: Just barely
    How do you use it?
    When you narrowly succeed in doing something by the “skin of your teeth”, you achieve it by a very small margin.

    Example: “I managed to complete the project on time by the skin of my teeth.”
  4. Keep an Eye on
    Meaning: To take care of something
    How do you use it?
    When you’re in a crowded place with children, you “keep an eye on” them to make sure that they don’t get lost.

    Example: “Keep an eye on your belongings when you’re in a crowded place.”
  5. Piece of Cake
    Meaning: very easy
    How do you use it?
    When something is so easy that you barely have to think about it, then it’s a “piece of cake”. This phrase is used to describe something that is very easy to do.

    Example: “The exam was a piece of cake because I studied hard for it.”


Reference: EnglishCentral magazine


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