Idioms and Phrasal Verbs to talk about exaggeration

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Hey guys!

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.

* streets ahead of / head and shoulders above sth – much better than the rest.

He is streets ahead of us at maths.

* doesn’t do a stroke of work – does not work at all.

My cousin doesn’t do a stroke of work.

* get on like a house on fire – like each other very much, very fast.

They get on like a house on fire.

* lost for words – when sb was so surprised or shocked that he/she didn’t know what to say.

I was lost for words when I heard the bad news.

* all hell broke loose – sth happened which caused people to get angry and start fighting or arguing.

All hell broke loose at the party.

* avoid sb like a plague – be determined to keep away from another person completely.

I avoided him like a plague.

* I couldn’t believe my ears – be extremely surprised.

I couldn’t believe my ears when he said he was going to live abroad.

* up in arms about – extremely angry.

Workers are up in arms about the new regulations.

* pull out all the stops – make the greatest effort possible.

We’ll have to pull out all the stops to get the show ready on time.

* I’d give my right arm to – when sb would do anything.

I’d give my right arm to be in his position.

* come down like a ton of bricks – be extremely angry / punish sb severely.

My dad came down on me like a ton of bricks.

I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time!

Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford

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