Informal Spoken Idioms

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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 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

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