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 idioms to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* be glued to sth – be paying all your attention to sth.
I was glued to the screen while watching this movie.
* nothing to get excited about – sth that is not particularly good or interesting.
I think this place is nothing to get excited about.
* not be your idea of fun – not be sth that you enjoy; though others might enjoy it.
Snowboarding in the snowy mountains isn’t my idea of fun. I prefer the beach.
* be in the bag – if sth is in the bag, you’re sure to get it or achieve it.
Learning English is in the bag, one day I’ll be fluent for sure!
* be in with a chance (of doing something) – have the possibility of succeeding or achieving sth.
I think we’re in with a chance of winnin gthe championship this time.
* take some doing – be difficult to do, or involve a lot of effort or time.
Maybe it will take on some doing, but I’m sure we can finish this project by the end of the summer.
* far from it – used to say that the opposite of what sb says is true.
I think we’re far from it, but let’s keep trying.
* be miles away – be thinking about sth else.
I’m sorry. I was miles away. What did you say?
* make a move – leave a place.
You should make a move and try to get there on time before it’s too late.
* not want to know – refuse to listen or get involved.
I don’t want to know who my ex is dating now.
* push your luck – take more risks than you should.
You’re pushing your luck and this can be dangerous.
* not too pleased – annoyed.
My parents were not too pleased when they found out the house has been damaged by the storm.
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