8 Creepy Body Idioms You Can’t Speak Without

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8 Creepy Body Idioms You Can’t Speak Without

Post  Vincent Law on Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:51 am

These are those body idioms you should really know in English. Just don’t try to visualize them. It will be a scary movie! Anyway you will find the examples and explanations in this post. Enjoy!

1. All ears:

Awaiting an explanation, listening eagerly and carefully.
Ex:
- "Tell me how you managed to pass the exam, I’m all ears."
- "She was all ears to find out where her husband had been the night before."


2. Cold shoulder:
(give sb the cold shoulder, get the cold shoulder) - Paying no attention to something, a deliberate act of disrespect, an attitude of rejection.
Ex:
- "I hoped she would come to the cinema with me, but I just got the cold shoulder."
- "The manager has given the cold shoulder to our proposal to buy a new company car."


3. Itchy feet:  
Strong impulse to travel, restlessness, desire to leave.
Ex:
- "Seeing a boat always gives me itchy feet."
- "No wonder she’s got itchy feet. She’s been working in the same office with the same people for more than twelve years."


4. Long arm of the law:
The far-reaching power of the authorities; the police, the law.
Ex:
- "Stop this dirty business, the long arm of the law will reach you some day."
- "He tried to live on shoplifting, but long arm of the law caught him in a week."


5. Old hand:
A person with a lot of experience in something.
Ex:
- "Our boss is an old hand in the car business, you can’t cheat him with this broken engine."
- "The new chef was an old hand at making Italian dishes."


6. Sweet tooth:
A great liking for sweet-tasting food, a weakness for sweets; someone with a liking for sweets.
Ex:
- "She has a sweet tooth, but as she’s rather fat, she must resist eating chocolate too often."
- "I’m a sweet tooth, I couldn’t help eating all the remains of my birthday cake after the party."


7. Elbow room:
Enough space to move or work in; freedom to do what you like
Ex:
- "There’s so little elbow room in our office that you must stand up from your desk if somebody wants to go out."
- "The agents were given as much elbow room as they needed to increase the sales."


8. Eye-catching:

Tending to attract attention, visually attractive, striking.
Ex:
- "There were lots of eye-catching posters at the entrance of the cinema."
- "Her dress was so eye-catching that we couldn’t do anything but stare at her for minutes."


I’m looking forward to hear from you! Let me know if this lesson was useful for you!


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