English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - E
|eager beaver||The term eager
beaver refers to a person who is
hardworking and enthusiastic, sometimes
The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive and last to leave. He's a real eager beaver!
Someone who has eagle eyes see or
notices things more easily than others.
Tony will help us find it - he's got eagle eyes!
|in one ear and out the other||To say that information goes in one
ear and comes out the other means that
it is immediately forgotten or ignored.
I keep telling him about the risks but it goes in one ear and out the other. He never listens!
|keep your ear to the ground||If you keep your ear to the ground, you
make sure that you are aware of all that is
happening and being said.
I'll keep my ear to the ground and as soon as there are any developments I'll call you.
|lend an ear||If you lend an ear to someone,
you listen carefully and sympathetically.
I'll lend you an ear if you want to talk about it.
|make your ears burn||If something makes your ears burn,
you are embarrassed by what you hear,
especially if the conversation is about you.
The comments I overheard made my ears burn.
|music to your ears||To say that something is music to
your ears means that the information
you receive makes you feel very happy.
The compliments I received were music to my ears.
|play it by ear||This expression means to improvise or do
something without preparation, according to
the demands of the situation.
(music : to play by remembering the tune, without printed music.)
I'm not sure what attitude we should adopt so just let's play it by ear.
|turn a deaf ear||A person who turns a deaf ear
to something such as a request or a
complaint refuses to pay attention to it.
I tried to explain the situation to the manager but he turned a deaf ear.
|earmark something||If you earmark something, you
assign it to a particular person or reserve
it for a specific use.
A certain number of chairs were earmarked for the conference room.
|earn while you learn||This expression refers to the
possibility of earning a salary while in
Become an apprentice and get paid while in training. Earn while you learn!
|easier said than done||To say that something is easier said
than done means that what is suggested
sounds easy but it is more difficult to
actually do it.
Put the TV aerial on the roof? Easier said than done!
|easy does it!||You can 'easy does it!' when
you want something to be done slowly and
"Easy does it" said my husband as the sofa was carried through the hall door.
|easy as pie||Something that is (as) easy as pie
is very easy to do.
"How did the English test go?" "No problem, it was (as) easy as pie!"
|eat crow||If you eat crow, you admit that
you were wrong about something and
He had no option but to eat crow and admit that his analysis was wrong.
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