IDIOM – AS EASY AS PIE

Meaning of As Easy as Pie – something which is very simple or easy.  Interestingly, the Idiom ‘as easy as pie’, does not refer to making pies bur rather to eating them!  In fact, there are many English idioms which use the word pie to indicate something that is pleasurable or good.  There’s also another version of this idiom which is …

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IDIOM – PIECE OF CAKE

Meaning –  something that is easy to do In Context  – The exam was a piece of cake.  I had no problems answering any of the questions. Synonymous Idioms – as easy as pie, a walk in the park, like stealing candy from a baby, a walkover, as easy as the ABC, like shooting fish in a barrel, a cakewalk, nothing …

IDIOM – OFF THE RECORD

Meaning – something which is not to be repeated or which is said in an unofficial capacity.  This idiom is often used when the speaker prefers to remain anonymous. In Context  – Journalists cannot publish anything which is said off the record when they are interviewing someone. Origin –  This phrase is first attributed to Roosevelt in 1932.  In English,  …

IDIOM – TO SWITCH OFF & ON

Meaning (1) – The literal meaning of the verb to switch on or off means to start or stop just about anything that uses electricity or needs some other form of power to be used.  So, you can switch on the lights, switch on an engine, switch off the T.V. In Context  (1) –  Can you switch on the heater?  …

IDIOM – TO BE BROKE

Meaning – to be out of money, not having any cash.  Use this idiom when you want to express that someone can’t afford to pay for something. In Context  – I can’t go to the concert.  I‘m broke. Origin – ‘to be broke’ is an idiom which uses an old form / meaning of the verb.  The verb ‘to break’ …

IDIOM – EXCUSE MY FRENCH

    Meaning – this idiom is used to excuse a person for swearing or using bad language.  Variations include pardon my French, excuse my French. Origin – The origin of the expression is unclear.  However, there are a number of similar expressions (in French as well as in English) which deflect the blame for the use of a culturally …

IDIOM – RULE OF THUMB

Meaning –  the general rule or guideline, a measurement or method based on experience rather than a scientific calculation In Context  –  The rule of thumb at the office is that whoever finishes the coffee has to make the next pot. Origin – It is often thought that this idiom derives from the ancient common law which allowed a man …

IDIOM – TO HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND

Meaning   –   This idiom has 2 meanings: (1) to want to have an argument or discussion about something, (2) to have a personal agenda or hidden motive for doing something In Context  – (1)  I’ve got an axe to grind with you!   That report you filed was full of errors.  (2)  I hope John won’t talk about the Pope …