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Idiomatic Expressions
Idiomatic expressions can be problems for non-native speakers because the meaning of the phrase is not literally what the words mean. Also known as
"colloquialisms," the only true way to learn them is one by one.
A poor man's _____: Something or someone not as good as others is "a poor man's version. A writer who uses exotic locations but is not very convincing would be a poor man's Ernest Hemmingway.
About-face : One who changes his or her mind completely is said to have done an aboutface.
Above board : If things are carried out legally and properly, they are said to be done
"above board."
Achilles' heel : A person's weak spot is his or her Achilles' heel, so-named because of the
Greek hero Achilles, who was invulnerable everywhere on his body except his heels.
Acid test : Proves whether something is good and effective or not.
Across the board : Something that applies to everybody applies across the board.
Albatross around your neck : An albatross around the neck refers to a problem resulting from a past action that continues to keep one from being successful.
Alter ego : A very close and intimate friend, from the Latin phrase that literally means
"'other self."
An old flame : A person with whom one once had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship—a person still looked on with fondness and affection.
Apple of your eye : Something or someone very special to you.
Costs an arm and a leg : Something very expensive.
As the crow flies : The shortest possible distance between two places.
As well as : In addition to
At loggerheads : People who are arguing and cannot agree on anything are at loggerheads. At the drop of a hat : To do something…...

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