101 American English Idioms: Learn to Speak Like an American Straight from the Horse's Mouth / Edition 2

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Overview

This book makes American English phrases “duck soup.”

If you “take the bull by the horns” are you taking decisive action or running for your life? When you “smell a rat” are you sensing something's wrong or calling an exterminator?

101 American English Idioms takes the mystery out of these common U.S. expressions and explains their meanings in context. On the audio CD, native speakers read each of the 101 idioms, so you can hear how American English sounds and practice what you have learned.

What Americans really mean when they say . . .

  • Drive someone up a wall—annoy someone greatly
  • Raise a stink—protest strongly
  • Pull someone's leg—fool someone
  • All thumbs—clumsy
  • Shoot the breeze—chat informally
  • Feel like a million dollars—feel wonderful
  • Duck soup—easy, effortless
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071487726
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 426,842
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Collis is an experienced teacher of English

as a second language, as well as author of books on American English idioms, proverbs, riddles, superstitions, and customs.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     v
It's a Zoo Out There     1
Smell a Rat
Go to the Dogs
Fishy
Take the Bull by the Horns
Horse of a Different Color
Let the Cat Out of the Bag
For the Birds
Straight From the Horses's Mouth
Horse Around
Cat Got Your Tongue?
The Body Has Many Uses     11
Get in Someone's Hair
Shoot Off One's Mouth
Jump Down Someone's Throat
Pay Through the Nose
Tongue-In-Cheek
Pull Someone's Leg
Play It by Ear
Stick Out One's Neck
Shake a Leg
All Thumbs
Not Have a Leg to Stand On
Get Off Someone's Back
That's Not Nice     23
Drive Someone Up a Wall
String Someone Along
Sell Someone Down the River
Leave Someone High and Dry
Sell Someone Short
Snow Job
Spill the Beans
Feed Someone a Line
People Do the Strangest Things     31
On Ice
Shoot the Breeze
Bite the Dust
Bend over Backwards
Hit the Hay
Cough Up
Jump the Gun
Scratch Someone's Back
Hit the Ceiling
Fork Over
Turn Someone Off
Go Fly a Kite
Kick the Bucket
Raise a Stink
Clothes Make the Man (and Woman)     45
Wet Blanket
Keep Under One's Hat
Up One's Sleeve
Dressed to Kill
Give Someone the Slip
Knock Someone's Socks Off
Talk Through One's Hat
Lose One's Shirt
In Stitches
Dressed to the Teeth
When Things Go Wrong     55
Lemon
Out of the Woods
Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed
Out on a Limb
Eating Someone
Get the Ax
In the Hole
Bite the Bullet
Face the Music
BlowIt
At the End of One's Rope
On One's Last Legs
Hot Under the Collar
On the Line
When Things Go Well     69
For a Song
Make a Splash
Have the World by the Tail
Sitting Pretty
Feel Like a Million Dollars
Kick Up One's Heels
Bury the Hatchet
Paint the Town Red
Get Away Clean
Come Alive
Do Your Best     79
Toot One's Own Horn
Stick to One's Guns
Get the Ball Rolling
Mind One's P's and Q's
Hang On
Give It One's Best Shot
Make Ends Meet
Get the Jump on Someone
Pull Strings
Spread Oneself Too Thin
Go to Bat for Someone
Duck Soup
You Don't Say     91
Money Talks
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Shape Up or Ship Out
If the Shoe Fits, Wear It
Different Strokes For Different Folks
Bark Worse Than One's Bite
Eyes Are Bigger Than One's Stomach
Put One's Money Where One's Mouth Is
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones
Index to Idioms     102
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