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Post  Vincent Law on Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:39 am

Hi friends,

try to give an explanation of these idioms:

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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:09 pm

"Two heads are much better than one"

Meaning

Two people may be able to solve a problem that an individual cannot.

Origin

This proverb is first recorded in John Heywood's A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

Some heades haue taken two headis better then one:
But ten heads without wit, I wene as good none.

'Head' here means 'mind', as opposed to heart or spirit. The notion of two being better than one, although not specifically two heads, was also expressed in the Bible; for example, this chapter from Ecclesiastes, 4:9, in in Miles Coverdale's Bible, 1535:

Therfore two are better then one, for they maye well enioye the profit of their laboure.
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:14 pm

Definition of CLOUD NINE: a feeling of well-being or elation —usually used with on <still on cloud nine weeks after winning the championship>

Examples of CLOUD NINE

"I've been on cloud nine ever since I landed my dream job."

First Known Use of CLOUD NINE

1959
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:16 pm

blow one’s top

(verb) to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly

Example Sentence:

If you’re not careful you might blow your top. You should relax.

I caught my boyfriend with another woman. I was so mad that I blew my top and kicked him out of the house.

That policeman is always blowing his top when he sees a criminal. He should be stopped.
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:33 pm

"I believe I have a lemon on my hands" probably comes from "When life gives you lemon, make lemonade", thus it means that one is in possession of an eventual source of success. What do you think?
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:36 pm

Fishy means suspicious. The image is of you smelling a strong odor, like one of a fish -- you can sense that something is there, but you can't see it yet.


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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:40 pm

fair-weather friend
Fig. someone who is your friend only when things are pleasant or going well for you.
Ex: "Bill stayed for lunch but he wouldn't help me with the yard work. He's just a fair-weather friend. A fair-weather friend isn't much help in an emergency."
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:44 pm

To "shoot the breeze for a while"

v. to chat idly or generally waste time talking
v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:45 pm

To "zip your lip" means to close your mouth and stop talking.
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:47 pm

To "be all ears" means everybody must be listening attentively with their two ears (meaning focusing on the one who is speaking). Same meaning as to "listen with both ears".
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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:49 pm

To be "washed up".

To burn out; exhaust.
Maybe your face look like clothe after having been washed in the wash machine...
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