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Idioms Meaning And Idioms Examples 25 English Body Idioms With Meaning And Examples

Idioms Examples we are going to discuss body idioms with meaning and examples and there are a lot of them. Today we are going to talk about 25 of the most commonly used idioms relating to the human body.

  • Idioms List 25 English Body Idioms List

1. All ears

2. Break a leg

3. By the skin of one's teeth

4. Cold feet

5. Cost an arm and a leg

6. Cry your eyes out / Cry your heart out

7. Get something off your chest

8. Give a hand / Lend a hand.

9. Have one's head in the clouds.

10. Head over heels

11. In over one's head

12. Keep an eye on

13. Keep one's chin up

14. Learn / Know off by heart

15. Let one's hair down

16. My lips are sealed

17. Makes my blood boil

18. Over my dead body!

19. Pat on the back

20. Play something by ear

21. Pull one's leg

22. Rule of thumb

23. To see eye to eye

24. Sweet tooth

25. Wash your hands of something

25 English Body Idioms Examples With Meaning

Idioms Examples 25 English Body Idioms - Break a leg?🦵🏾Skin of teeth? 🦷 Right, let's get started with the lesson. Right we're going to go through these in alphabetical order. 

Number one is all ears.  and I hope you can see and appreciate my toast, my buttered toast earrings today. I just thought they weren't quite well. If you are all ears, then it means you are fully listening. Let me finish hanging out the washing and then I'll be all ears. I'll be fully listening to you. It's a nice way of saying I can't concentrate right now because I'm busy, but in a second, I'll be fully listening. I'll be all ears. 

Number two, you might know this one, this is normally one of the first idioms that people learn apart from it's raining cats and dogs, which we never say. It is, break a leg. and this means good luck. It's most commonly used for actors or musicians that are going to perform on stage. An example, I forgot you're on stage tonight, break a leg. 

Number three, moving on to teeth. This one is by the skin of one's teeth. And this means only just or barely the skin or the enamel on your teeth is so thin, you only just did something. This example is true. I passed my driving test by the skin of my teeth. I really did one more mistake and I wouldn't have passed. 

This is an interesting, actually fun fact. I turned up to my driving test four times, but I only failed twice. Because one time I turned up and I hadn't clicked confirms when booking in my test. So I was all nervous waiting there, turns out I didn't have a test that day, I had to wait another month 

Number four moving down to feet. Cold feet, to have cold feet. If you get cold feet or you have cold feet, it means you suddenly feel nervous about something. Something usually important that you plan to do. And it's often used before weddings. If somebody suddenly thinks, ah, is this actually what I want? It means they're getting cold feet, they're suddenly doubting whether they want to do something or not. They're getting nervous. An example, I hope he doesn't get cold feet before the wedding. 

Number five, moving on to arms, but still involving the legs. To cost an arm and a leg. If something costs an arm and a leg, then it is very expensive. An example, I bet that coat cost her an arm and a leg. I bet that coat was so expensive. 

Number six, eyes or heart. To cry your eyes out or to cry your heart out. I would say in British English to cry your eyes out is more commonly used. I wonder in American English, if any speakers of American English are watching, please let me know in the comments section. This means crying a lot. Just crying your eyes out, she was crying so much. An example, she cried her eyes out when she lost her cat. 

Number seven, moving on to the chest. To get something off your chest. This means to tell someone what's been on your mind or to tell someone one of your problems. It's a heavy load on your chest and you get it off. An example, I need to get it off my chest and tell my boss that I am unhappy. 

Number eight, hands. To give a hand or to lend a hand. This means to help. And I would say lend is possibly more common in British English. Can you give me a hand? Can you lend me a hand? Give me, or lend me, lend me. Can you lend me a hand? An example, if you need any help with moving, I can lend a hand. 

Number nine, head. To have one's head in the clouds. This means to be unaware or unrealistic about something, to be naive. An example, he has his head in the clouds, if he thinks he's getting a pay rise in this economy. 

Number 10, head and feet here. We have head over heels. Head over heels. To fall head over heels in love with somebody. Head over heels means deeply or completely in love. An example, she is head over heels with her new puppy. She's completely in love with her new puppy. Number 11, head again, in over one's head. To be in over one's head. This means that you're taking on a task that you can't handle. An example, I am completely in over my head in my new teaching position. 

Number 12 is eyes. To keep an eye on. To keep an eye on something or someone. This means watching or monitor normally in a protective way. To keep something safe. An example, can you keep an eye on my bike whilst I nip into the post office? To nip somewhere is to go somewhere very briefly. To nip into, to go into very briefly. I'm just going to nip to the shops. I'm just going to very quickly go to the shops. 

Number 13, chin. To keep one's chin up. To keep one's chin up. This means to try to be cheerful or to try to avoid being sad. An example, keep your chin up, exam season will be over soon. 

Number 14, is to learn or to know off by heart. You don't always have to include the off, that's quite common in British English. To learn by heart, to know off by heart. This means memorizing. An example, I know the Harry Potter books off by heart, all seven of them.

Number 15, we're onto hair. This is to let one's hair down. To let one's hair down. Which means to relax or to have fun. Let your hair down, relax, have fun enjoy yourself. This is usually said to somebody who's a little more serious. An example, she needs to let her hair down. She is always so stressed.

Number 16, lips. My lips are sealed. My lips are sealed and this means your secret is safe with me. An example, my lips are sealed, I have no idea how much your dress cost. 

Number 17, blood. I don't know where to point all over my body hopefully. It makes my blood boil. If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really really angry. An example, the way that they have underpaid you and mistreated you over all these years makes my blood boil. 

Number 18, the body as a whole. Over my dead body. Over my dead body. This is something that said, when you want to say, you cannot do that until I am dead, and then I can't stop you. An example, over my dead body, I will never let you drive my car. You'll have to wait till I die before you can drive my car. 

Number 19, Back. A pat on the back. A pat on the back. And this means a thank you or recognition. An example, I think I deserve a pat on the back after all of my hard work today. You will often see people doing a little meaning, oh pat on the back, I've done really well. Well done me

Number 20, back to those wonderful ears again. To play something by ear. This means to do something without a plan. An example, I don't know if the weather will be dry enough for a picnic. Let's play it by ear. Let's not have a plan, we'll just decide if it's nice weather later on today, we'll have the picnic. If not, then we'll have the picnic inside and living in Britain with very unpredictable weather. I have had many, a picnic inside before. 

Number 21, back to legs. It is to pull one's leg. To pull someone's leg. This means to joke or to tease someone. For example, are you pulling my leg? Are you really moving away? Don't pull my leg. Is she pulling my leg? 

Number 22, thumb. The rule of thumb or a rule of thumb. This means a general basic rule, that's not always true, but it's generally true. An example, as a rule of thumb, a cup of coffee generally contains 80 milligrams of caffeine. 

Number 23, eyes. To see eye to eye. To see eye to eye. This means to agree on something. So if you say we don't see eye to eye, we don't agree. For example, her parents didn't see eye to eye on her education. 

Number 24, back to teeth. We have sweet tooth, a sweet tooth. And this means love of sweet things. Can you tell me if that's the same in your language? If English isn't your first language, I'd be very interested. Do you have a sweet tooth, direct translation, or something different? My grandma has the biggest sweet tooth on earth. And here's your example, my grandma once requested a birthday meal consisting of just puddings. She has such a sweet tooth. 

And number 25 back to hands. It is to wash one's hands of something. To wash your hands of something. And this means to stop dealing with an issue or a problem. I'm going to wash my hands of it. I'm not gonna deal with it anymore, not my problem. An example, I'm going to wash my hands of him. He causes too many problems. 

Right, that is it for today's lesson, I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you learned something.  

Source From English with Lucy


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