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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - B 

(Idioms B page 12  :  same boat   →  bored to tears)

in the same boat If two or more parties are in the same boat, they are in the same unpleasant or difficult situation.
When the factory closed down, the workers all found themselves in the same boat.
miss the boat If you miss the boat, you fail to take advantage of an opportunity because you don't act quickly enough.
I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer - but I nearly missed the boat!
bodice-ripper A novel, usually on a historical theme, with a plot that involves romantic passion between a vulnerable heroine and a rich, powerful male character, is called a bodice-ripper.
The novel is a bodice-ripper set in the French revolution.
the mind boggles The expression 'the mind boggles' is used as a reaction to something you find amazing or difficult to understand.
She crossed the Atlantic alone - can you imagine? - the mind boggles!
boil the ocean To “boil the ocean” means to waste time on a task or project that is unnecessary, not worth doing or impossible to achieve.
“I expect you to do the job well but don’t try to boil the ocean!”
bold as brass Someone who is as bold as brass behaves without shame or embarrassment.
Bold as brass, he refused the gift and handed it back to his mother-in-law.
bolt from the blue To refer to something as a bolt from the blue means that it happened totally unexpectedly.
The chairman's resignation came as a bolt from the blue.
bone of contention A bone of contention is a matter or subject about which there is
a lot of disagreement.
The salaries have been agreed on, but opening on Sundays is still a bone of contention.
bone to pick with someone If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed with them and want to talk to them about it.
Mark wants to see the boss.  He says he's got a bone to pick with him.
make no bones about it If you make no bones about something, you don't hesitate to say something in a frank and open way.
I made no bones about it.   I told him his offer was unacceptable.
you can't judge a book by its cover This expression means that you should not form an opinion about something from its appearance only.
He leads a very simple life but in fact he's an extremely rich man.  - you can't judge a book by its cover.
in someone's good/bad books If you are in somebody's good or bad books, you have their approval or disapproval.
I'm in my wife's bad books at the moment because I forgot our wedding anniversary.
lick somebody's boots To say that one person licks another person's boots means that they are trying to please that person, often in order to obtain something.
There's no need to lick the manager's boots. Just do your job!
too big for one's boots A person who is getting too big for their boots is behaving as if they were more important than they really are.
Tom's really getting too big for his boots since he got a promotion - he hardly says hello any more!
bored to tears
(distraction/death/silly)
If you find something so dull and uninteresting that it makes you sad enough to cry, you are bored to tears.
I could see that my son was bored to tears by the historical documentary.
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