Idioms are a group of words whose meaning is different from the literal meaning. Idioms are expression, a phrase. They have hidden meaning. For Example- “Kick the bucket”, it means to die. There are many other idioms too which are related to body. These are known as Body idioms.
Some of the Body Idioms are:
1. All ears: full attention
Example- Her all ears were here when we were talking about that matter.
Example- We should keep all our ears open while listening to a teacher during a lecture.
2. Cold feet: nervous
Example- She was having cold feet before the event.
Example- We had to help her calm down because she was having cold feet.
3. Cost an arm and a leg: very expensive
Example- I tried to convince her not to buy that phone as it would cost her an arm and a leg.
Example- Nowadays, it seems to be very difficult to buy anything as it costs an arm and a leg.
4. Get something off one’s chest: tell someone your problem
Example- She wanted to meet me because she had to get something off her chest.
Example- You should get something off one’s chest so that you can live happily.
5. Keep an eye on: to take care or protect
Example- I am really worried. Please keep an eye on her.
Example- They appointed a watchman to keep an eye on the society.
6. Lips are sealed: promise to keep a secret
Example- I trust my best friend. I know her lips will be sealed.
Example- He told me to seal my lips till the party is over.
7. Makes my blood boil: makes me very angry
Example- It makes my blood boil when someone always tells lies.
Example- Today, teacher’s blood boiled as no one had completed their homework.
8. Pat on the back: Thank you
Example- Today, our teacher was so happy that she patted on our back.
Example- He patted on the back because I helped him do his homework.
9. Pull one’s leg: to tease someone
Example- My friends always pull my leg no matter what.
Example- She always pulls my leg in front of everyone.
10. Give a hand, lend a hand: help someone
Example- We should always give a hand to someone in need.
Example- God will give a hand to us if we give a hand to someone in need.
We hope you liked this blog. These are some common idioms which can help you improve your communication skills.
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