English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - S
|like ships that pass in the night||This expression
refers to people who meet briefly and are
not likely to meet again.
The two men met one, like ships that pass in the night, and never met again.
|keep your shirt on!||If you tell
somebody to keep their shirt on,
you are asking them to calm down.
Keep your shirt on Bob. Just give your version of the story!
|shoe is on the other foot||When the
circumstances have reversed and one person
is now doing what the other did in the past,
you can say that the shoe is
on the other foot.
I used to advise my children to eat healthy food. Now my daughter is a nutritionist and the shoe in on the other foot - she advises me!
|in someone's shoes||To
talk about being in someone's shoes
means to imagine how you would react if you
were in a similar situation.
Tom's sales have dropped by 30% this month. I wouldn't like to be in his shoes!
|where the shoe pinches||When people talk
about 'where the shoe pinches',
they are referring to an area that is often
a source of problems or difficulties.
She's sure the public transport system works perfectly, but she'll find out where the shoe pinches when she starts using it!
|on a shoestring||If you do something
on a shoestring, you do it with very
When I was a student I lived on a shoestring.
|shoot yourself in the foot||If you shoot
yourself in the foot you do or say
something which is against your own
When Lea was asked at the interview if she had any weaknesses, she really shot herself in the foot the way she answered.
|shop around||If you shop
around, you visit a number of shops
selling similar articles in order to compare
You can usually save money by shopping around.
|shop till you drop||If you shop
till you drop, you go shopping for a
very long time, until you are exhausted.
If you go to London with Ashley, you'll shop till you drop, so take comfortable shoes!
|shopping spree||If you go on a
shopping spree, you enjoy a lively
outing, usually with much spending of money.
Liza is planning to go on a shopping spree as soon as she gets her bonus.
|shopping therapy||This term refers to
the idea that buying things can make you
A little shopping therapy can usually cheer up bored teenagers.
|window shopping||When people go
window shopping, they look at things in
shop windows, without actually purchasing
I haven't been paid yet, so I can only go window shopping.
|short and sweet||Something that is
short and sweet is brief but pleasant.
It didn't take us long to agree. Our conversation was short and sweet.
|short end of stick||If you get the
short end of the stick, you are treated
unfairly or receive less than what is due or
They reached an agreement but Sophie felt she got the short end of the stick.
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