Welcome back, friends. Today we are going to learn 7 more very useful and common idiomatic expressions in English. Remember that these expressions are important if you want to gain true fluency in the language. These expressions also make English more fun and engaging for your audience.
On the first post about idiomatic expressions we compared each idiom with its Spanish counterpart. Today we are only going to give examples in English; see if you can figure out the meaning from the examples given for each idiomatic expression.
1. “To spill the beans”
“The secret was supposed to be kept between you and me! Why did you spill the beans and tell Juan?!”
Definition: To tell a secret. Do you remember another idiom that we learned in the last post that is similar to this one? You can also say “Let the cat out of the bag.”
2. “To give someone credit for something”
“Our boss is not friendly and is hard to work with, but you have to give him credit for growing the company.”
Definition: Acknowledge an achievement or contribution of a person.
3. “To do something behind someone’s back”
“Don’t trust Mariana; she seems friendly when you meet her, but she will say bad things about you to everyone behind your back.”
Definition: To interfere in people’s affairs without permission, usually in a dishonest or selfish way.
4. “To get the ball rolling”
“We can’t wait any longer to get this project started; let’s get the ball rolling on this one.”
Definition: To begin some activity.
5. “To bite off more than you can chew”
“When Juan told me that he wanted to do the whole project by himself, I knew that he had bit off more than he could chew.”
Definition: Trying to do something that is too difficult or time consuming to finish.
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Many thanks to Vancouver English Center for the great list of English idiomatic expressions