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2004-01-14 14:43 1 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę
well i have thought that english language is interesting with its idioms. i would like to hear which are the most strangest for you???
I know two strange idioms:
1. It rains cats and dogs (=it rains a lot)
2. Brake your leg (=good luck)
DrovusGirtas


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2004-01-15 14:39 2 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: akiryTE Įtraukti akiryTE Į adresų knygelę
a rolling stone = a person who wanders around without staying in any place or job for a long time

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ace : make an \"A\" on a test, homework assignment, project, etc.
\"Somebody said you aced the test, Dave. That\'s great!\"

all right (1): expression of reluctant agreement.
A: \"Come to the party with me. Please!\"
B: \"Oh, all right. I don\'t want to, but I will.\"

all right (2): fair; not particularly good.

A: \"How\'s your chemistry class?\"
B: \"It\'s all right, I guess, but it\'s not the best class I\'ve ever had.\"

all right (3): unharmed; in satisfactory condition.
A: \"You don\'t look normal. Are you all right?\"
B: \"Yes, but I have a headache.\"

and then some : and much more besides.
A: \"I\'d guess your new computer cost about $2,000. \"
B: \"It cost that much and then some because I also bought extra RAM and VRAM.\"

antsy : restless; impatient and tired of waiting.
\"I hope Katy calls soon. Just sitting around and waiting is making me antsy.\"

as easy as pie: very easy.
\"I thought you said this was a difficult problem. It isn\'t. In fact, it\'s as easy as pie.\"

at the eleventh hour: at the last minute; almost too late.
\"Yes, I got the work done in time. I finished it at the eleventh hour, but I wasn\'t late.
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This was just the \"a\" collection. B through Z anyone? Liežuvis Cha cha
http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/id-a.html
http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/id-list.html


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2004-01-15 20:33 4 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę
Really interesting. thanks for the site!Gerai

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2004-01-15 23:48 5 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: happiestgirl Įtraukti happiestgirl Į adresų knygelę
i guess a lot of english idioms seem mysterious at first sight. because they are formed by culture. having differences in culture, we do have them in the language. trust me, the English ppl would be surprised by any of our idioms... try to tranlstate them one by word... you would be misunderstood.
i can tell you one situation which happened. that was a real one! so a guy went to England. he was very explicit at telling some story or perhaps important speech, i can\'t tell. the fact was that he was talking in public with quite a lot of English ppl listening. and he said: \"I rise when the cocks rise...\" he wanted to translate our widely known \"keltis su gaidziais\" but he made fun of himself i very embarrassing way... DrovusJuokiasi


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2004-01-16 02:38 6 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: verbal Įtraukti verbal Į adresų knygelę

jejeta rašė:
well i have thought that english language is interesting with its idioms. i would like to hear which are the most strangest for you???
I know two strange idioms:
1. It rains cats and dogs (=it rains a lot)
2. Brake your leg (=good luck)
DrovusGirtas

It sounds a lot like cockney. Sometimes it\'s tough to follow cockney, yet it\'s cool slang Šypsena
E.g.: cockeny => English:
\"Read\" => \"fight\"
\"Chevy\" => \"face\"
\"Adam\" => \"believe\"
\"dot\" => \"cash\"
Šypsena Guess why:

\"Read\" => \"read and write\" ryhmes with \"fight\"
\"Chevy\" => \"Chevy Chase\" (american actor) ryhmes with \"face\"
\"Adam\" => \"Adam and Eve\" ryhmes with \"believe\"
\"dot\" => \"dot and dash\" ryhmes with \"cash\"
more at http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/

As for weirdest English idioms to pull one\'s leg sounds kind of weird..


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2004-01-16 09:23 7 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: Carlitos Įtraukti Carlitos Į adresų knygelę
\'piece of cake\' -> very easy to do. Like \'pigiau grybo\' Šypsena

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2004-01-16 18:06 8 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę
Happiestgirl--> hah! so what would happen if we would like to say some lithuanian proverbsŠypsenaJuokiasi

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2004-01-16 18:08 9 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę
DrStrangelove---> xixi t\'s really interestingŠypsena but i just can\'t imagine how to learn all that. of course we don\'t have to but it\'s interestingCha chaGirtas

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2004-01-16 21:03 10 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: sAnJiCa Įtraukti sAnJiCa Į adresų knygelę
more power to your elbow! = good luck

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2004-01-16 21:29 11 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: DarPo1 Įtraukti DarPo1 Į adresų knygelę
Crazy_Moon rašė:
more power to your elbow! = good luck


Nekaltas I\'ve never heard it THAT way before.... Nekaltas
I\'ve heard it as:
- more power to you -> bravo! keep going; wishes of encouragement

And the only idiom that quickly comes to mind involving an elbow is:
- use some elbow grease -> that means use your hands; when cleaning, rub harder, and you\'ll get the item clean


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bad-mouth : say unkind, unflattering, embarrassing (and probably untrue) things about someone.
A: \"I don\'t believe what Bob said. Why is he bad-mouthing me?\"
B: \"He\'s probably jealous of your success.\"

be a piece of cake : be very easy.
A: \"Bob said the test was difficult, but I thought it was a piece of cake.\"\"

be all ears : be eager to hear what someone has to say.
A: \"I just got an e-mail message from our old friend Sally.\"
B: \"Tell me what she said. I\'m all ears!\"

be broke : be without money.
\"No, I can\'t lend you ten dollars. I\'m completely broke until payday.\"

be fed up with (with someone or something): be out of patience (with someone or something); be very tired of someone or something.
\"Bill, you\'re too careless with your work. I\'m fed up with
apologizing for your mistakes!\"

be in and out : be at and away from a place during a particular time.
\"Could we postpone our meeting until tomorrow? I expect to be in and out of the office most of the day today.\"

be on the go: be very busy (going from one thing or project to another).
\"I\'m really tired. I\'ve been on the go all week long.\"

be on the road : be traveling.
\"You won\'t be able to contact me tomorrow because I\'ll be on the road.\"

be over: be finished; end.
\"I can\'t see you until around 4 o\'clock. My meetings won\'t be over until then.\"

be up and running: (for a technological process) be operational; be ready to use .
\"Dave\'s ESL Cafe on the Web has been up and running since December 1995.\"

be used to (+V ing/noun): be accustomed to; not uncomfortable with.
\"It won\'t be hard to get up at 5:00 AM. I\'m used to getting up early.\"

beat : exhausted; very tired (adj.).
\"This has been a long day. I\'m beat!\"

beat around the bush : evade an issue; avoid giving a direct answer.
\"Quit beating around the bush! If you don\'t want to go with me, just tell me!\"

beat one\'s brains out : try very hard to understand or do something.
\"Can you help me with this problem? I\'ve been beating my brains out with it, but I just can\'t solve it.\"

Beats me : I have no idea.
A: \"What time\'s the party?\"
B: \"Beats me!\"

before long : soon.
A: \"I\'m really tired of working.\"
B: \"Just be patient. The weekend will be here before long.\"

bent out of shape : needlessly worried about something.
\"I know you\'re worried about your job interview, but don\'t get bent out of shape. You\'ll do just fine.\"

bite off more than one can chew : take responsibility for more than one can manage.
\"I\'m really behind with my project. Can you help me? I\'m afraid I
bit off more than I could chew!\"

blabbermouth : a very talkative person--especially one who says things that should be kept secret.
\"Don\'t say anything to Bob unless you want the whole office to know.
Bob\'s quite a blabbermouth.\"

blow one\'s top : become extremely angry.
A: \"Was your father upset when you came home at 3 AM?\"
B: \"He was more than upset. He blew his top!\"

boom box : portable cassette/CD player.
\"Don\'t forget to bring your boom box to the picnic!\"

the bottom line : the most essential information.
\"The discussion lasted many hours. The bottom line was that the XYZ Company isn\'t for sale.\"

Break a leg! : Good luck!
\"I understand you have a job interview tomorrow. Break a leg!\"

break someone\'s heart : make someone feel very disappointed / discouraged / sad.
\"Joe broke his mother\'s heart when he dropped out of school.\"

broke : without money.
A: \"Can you lend me 10 dollars?\"
B: \"I\'m afraid not. I\'m broke.\"

buckBaisu: dollarBaisu.
\"The cheapest tickets for the concert cost 25 bucks. Do you still want to go?\"

bug : annoy; bother.
\"I\'m trying to concentrate! Don\'t bug me!\"

bull-headed : stubborn; inflexible.
\"Don\'t be so bull-headed. Why can\'t you admit that others\' opinions are just as good as yours?\"

a bundle : a lot of money.
A: \"Your new car is really nice.\"
B: \"It should be. It cost me a bundle!\"

burn the midnight oil : study/work all night or until very, very late at night.
\"I\'m not ready for the test tomorrow. I guess I\'ll have to burn the midnight oil.\"

bushed : very tired; exhausted.
\"I\'m going to lie down for a while. I\'m really bushed.\"

by oneself : alone and without help.
\"I can\'t do this by myself. Can you help me?\"

by the skin of one\'s teeth : barely succeed in doing something.
\"I\'ll have to start earlier the next time. This time I only finished by the skin of my teeth.\"


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2004-01-18 12:22 13 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: akiryTE Įtraukti akiryTE Į adresų knygelę

DarPo1 rašė:
Break a leg! : Good luck!
\"I understand you have a job interview tomorrow. Break a leg!\"


this one is great Gerai Juokiasi


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2004-01-18 17:04 14 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: ice-te Įtraukti ice-te Į adresų knygelę
make your bum hum -- relax, feel as though you are in your own homeCha cha
sharpen your pencils -- be ready, be prepared
on the shit listMirkt -- on the list to be punished, in your bad books
hit the ceiling -- become very angry
tongue in cheek -- fooling, joking, kidding


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2004-11-20 17:37 15 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę

ice-te rašė:
make your bum hum -- relax, feel as though you are in your own homeCha cha




I really liked this one Juokiasi


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2004-11-25 18:44 16 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: tolka_pesnia Įtraukti tolka_pesnia Į adresų knygelę
put a sock in it - keep quiet about something Nekaltas if someone said this to me..i'd put a sock into theirs, reallyCha cha

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2004-11-25 18:52 17 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: tolka_pesnia Įtraukti tolka_pesnia Į adresų knygelę
oh, and this one's also funny:

-----Dont try to teach your Grandma to s.u.c.k. eggs

(You shouldnt teach anyone who knows alot more than you do)
Juokiasi

-----Excuse My French
(meaning to forgive for using a swear word) JuokiasiJuokiasi

-----Finger Lickin' Good
(Excellent, delicious food)

i do like em Taip


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2004-12-01 06:42 18 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę

tolka_pesnia rašė:
oh, and this one's also funny:

-----Dont try to teach your Grandma to s.u.c.k. eggs

(You shouldnt teach anyone who knows alot more than you do)
Juokiasi

-----Excuse My French
(meaning to forgive for using a swear word) JuokiasiJuokiasi

-----Finger Lickin' Good
(Excellent, delicious food)

i do like em Taip




they are really expressing emotionsLaimingas I do like them too Gerai


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2004-12-06 19:41 19 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: jejeta Įtraukti jejeta Į adresų knygelę

Minzz rašė:
Raining world champion - The champion of the last year, defending his title this year.
(Used in snooker, eg. "This year's raining world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan" ).


It's interesting, I haven't ever heard about it Gerai


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2004-12-11 01:40 20 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: Elusive_Star Įtraukti Elusive_Star Į adresų knygelę
This story is hilarious!!! I can't believe someone said in it public!

On the other hand, when I was first learning English, I had to use a few expressions for my English class. One of them was "make out". So I went and asked a girl with who's family I was staying at the time to explain it to me. She was 13 or so, so when I asked her, she turned all red... Anyways, I ended up using the expression in a sentence something like this: "I can't make out what he is saying". Her version was something like this: "They were making out"...


happiestgirl rašė:
i guess a lot of english idioms seem mysterious at first sight. because they are formed by culture. having differences in culture, we do have them in the language. trust me, the English ppl would be surprised by any of our idioms... try to tranlstate them one by word... you would be misunderstood.
i can tell you one situation which happened. that was a real one! so a guy went to England. he was very explicit at telling some story or perhaps important speech, i can\'t tell. the fact was that he was talking in public with quite a lot of English ppl listening. and he said: \"I rise when the cocks rise...\" he wanted to translate our widely known \"keltis su gaidziais\" but he made fun of himself i very embarrassing way... DrovusJuokiasi




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2004-12-11 02:34 21 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: Erikucia Įtraukti Erikucia Į adresų knygelę

Let's play it by ear - pagyvesim-pamatysim Laimingas
For crying out loud - Po velnių!!!


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2004-12-11 03:59 22 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: GabbyN Įtraukti GabbyN Į adresų knygelę

Minzz rašė:
Raining world champion - The champion of the last year, defending his title this year.
(Used in snooker, eg. "This year's raining world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan" ).


Maybe I’m wrong but isn't it Reigning (something) title, person etc. It does sound like Rain-ing, but I don’t think it is. I want to hear from DarPo1 about this.Gėlė


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GabbyN rašė:

Minzz rašė:
Raining world champion - The champion of the last year, defending his title this year.
(Used in snooker, eg. "This year's raining world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan" ).


Maybe I’m wrong but is in it Reigning (something) title, person etc. It does sound like Rain-ing, but I don’t think it is. I want to hear from DarPo1 about this.Gėlė



I am not DarPo1, but I think you are right, you would say, "Reigning world champion".

A little correction in your question though. When you want to ask a question, you might say, "Isn't" or "Isn't it", not "Is in it". "Isn't" is short for "is not", which I am sure you know.


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2004-12-11 05:21 24 žinutė iš 33 Atsakyti forume: visiem Atsakyti privačiai: GabbyN Įtraukti GabbyN Į adresų knygelę

Elusive_Mind rašė:

GabbyN rašė:

Minzz rašė:
Raining world champion - The champion of the last year, defending his title this year.
(Used in snooker, eg. "This year's raining world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan" ).


Maybe I’m wrong but is in it Reigning (something) title, person etc. It does sound like Rain-ing, but I don’t think it is. I want to hear from DarPo1 about this.Gėlė



I am not DarPo1, but I think you are right, you would say, "Reigning world champion".

A little correction in your question though. When you want to ask a question, you might say, "Isn't" or "Isn't it", not "Is in it". "Isn't" is short for "is not", which I am sure you know.



Thank You Elusive_Mind, I see my mistake, I guess I got caught up between is, it, in, not in …etc.
And you nick (which is beautiful) reminds me about documentary called" Elusive Muse
"about famous ballerina Suzanne Farrell.
Gėlė


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GabbyN rašė:

Elusive_Mind rašė:

GabbyN rašė:

Minzz rašė:
Raining world champion - The champion of the last year, defending his title this year.
(Used in snooker, eg. "This year's raining world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan" ).


Maybe I’m wrong but is in it Reigning (something) title, person etc. It does sound like Rain-ing, but I don’t think it is. I want to hear from DarPo1 about this.Gėlė



I am not DarPo1, but I think you are right, you would say, "Reigning world champion".

A little correction in your question though. When you want to ask a question, you might say, "Isn't" or "Isn't it", not "Is in it". "Isn't" is short for "is not", which I am sure you know.



Thank You Elusive_Mind, I see my mistake, I guess I got caught up between is, it, in, not in …etc.
And you nick (which is beautiful) reminds me about documentary called" Elusive Muse
"about famous ballerina Suzanne Farrell.
Gėlė


i myself haven't heard that idiom before, but it exists. and it is raining (world champion). at least i found it in some places on the internet in that form. it's a pity i didn't manage to find it's explanation anywhere..
or maybe it is an innovative transformation of some original idiomNekaltas hmmm..


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