Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* for no apparent reason – without an obvious cause.
He cried a lot for no apparent reason.
* on top of the world – very happy or proud.
She was feeling on top of the world when she was promoted.
* down in the dumps – having no patience or energy left to deal with a difficult situation.
She’s a bit down in the dumps because she failed one of her exams.
* cry your eyes/heart out – cry in an uncontrolled way and be unable to stop.
I was so upset that day, I cried my eyes out.
* wind sb up – make sb angry or upset.
She just knows how to wind me up.
* stir sth up – make sb feel or think sth like anger, fear, etc.
The photographs stirred up some painful memories.
* take sth in – accept sth as real or true.
I had to see his situation before I could take it all in.
* easier said than done – that’s a good idea but difficult to achieve.
“Why don’t you just ask Simon to pay?” “That’s easier said than done.”
* be dying to do sth / for sth – want to do or have sth very much.
I’m dying for something to eat.
* have a go at sb – attack or criticize sb.
The press is having a go at the Prime Minister.
* cool down – become or make sb calmer and less excited.
I need to be alone to cool down after these news.
* pour your heart out (to sb) – tell sb all your problems and feelings.
Samantha poured her heart out to me last night about how she’s been since her father passed away.
* bottle up your feelings/emotions –avoid sharing your problems and feelings.
I know he’s angry, but he bottles it up inside instead of talking to someone about it.
I hope you learned some new idioms today, see you next time!
Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford