Learn American Idioms 2

Learn American Idioms 2 

 More than meets the eye: there is a hidden meaning

e.g. What the Mayor mentioned in the speech implied more than meets the eye.

Turn over a new leaf: begin again

e.g. After the divorce, he decided to turn over a new leaf.

 Pay the piper: receive the punishment due

e.g. You just can’t keep on spending without paying the piper.

 Turn the tide: reverse the situation

e.g. After years of deficit, the company finally turned the tide, and made some profit.

 In fine feather: in good condition; in good health

e.g. With a good night sleep, I am in fine feather today.

After all: in spite of everything

e.g. She didn’t get a good score; after all, it was her first attempt.

Name of the game: the main goal

e.g. The name of the game is winning; we must win this election no matter what.

Face the music: confront danger; accept a bad situation

e.g. There are many circumstances in life in which you have to face the music.

 Stuff and nonsense: total nonsense

e.g. Come on! Don’t give me that stuff and nonsense! I don’t want to hear it anymore!

 Late in life: in old age

e.g. It was only late in life that he became a famous writer.

Act one’s age: behave maturely

e.g. Stop behaving like a teenager! Act your age.

All of it: the best

e.g. From the way he presented him at the debate, he was all of it.

 Lead someone astray: cause someone to do something wrong or illegal

e.g. If you are always in the company of lawbreakers, you  may be easily be led astray.

Abide by: accept and follow

e.g. If you wish to become a citizen of the United States, you must abide by U.S. immigration laws.

 Pass the hat: collect money for

e.g. He is always passing the hat for something.

Stephen Lau

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Author: Stephen Lau

Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Lau received his education from the University of Hong Kong, SEAMEO in Singapore, and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He has published books on learning English as well as on health and wisdom in living. He now resides in the United States.

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