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.
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.
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