English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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|ants in one's pants||People who have
ants in their pants are very restless
or excited about something.
I wish he'd relax. He's got ants in his pants about something today.
|make an ass of yourself||
If you behave so stupidly that you appear
ridiculous, you make an ass of yourself.
Tom made an ass of himself by singing a love song outside Laura's door!
|bat out of hell||If something moves like a bat out of
hell, it moves very quickly.
He grabbed the envelope and ran like a bat out of hell.
|bats in the belfry||If you say that somebody has bats in
the belfry, you mean that
they are eccentric or crazy.
He comes up with the craziest ideas - he's got bats in the belfry!
|bear with a sore head||If someone is behaving like a
bear with a sore head, they are
very irritable and bad-tempered.
When his team lost the match, Brad was like a bear with a sore head.
|break the back of the beast||If someone breaks the back of the
beast, they succeed in overcoming a
After hours of effort, the technicians finally broke the back of the beast and turned the electricity back on again.
|eager beaver||The term eager beaver refers to
a person who is hardworking and
enthusiastic, sometimes considered
The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive and last to leave. He's a real eager beaver!
|bee in one's bonnet||Someone who has a
bee in their bonnet has an idea
which constantly occupies their thoughts.
She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York.
|bee's knees||To say that someone/something is the
means that you think they are exceptionally
If you say "Chloe thinks she's the bee's knees" you mean that
Chloe has a high opinion of herself.
|birds of a feather flock together||If two people are birds of a
feather, they are very similar in many
ways, so they naturally spend time together.
No wonder they get on well. They're birds of a feather!
|for the birds||If you think something is for the
birds, you consider it to be
uninteresting, useless or not to be taken
As far as I'm concerned, his theory is for the birds.
|kill two birds with one stone||If you kill two birds with one
stone, you succeed in doing two things
at the same time.
By studying on the train on the way home, Claire kills two birds with one stone.
|bitten by the bug||If you develop a sudden interest or
enthusiasm for something, you are bitten
by the bug.
My dad decided to take up golf and was immediately bitten by the bug.
|snug as a bug in a rug||This is a humorous way of saying that
you are warm and comfortable.
Wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa, Sophie looked as snug as a bug in a rug.
|red flag to a bull||To say that a statement or action is
like a red flag to a bull means
that it is sure to make someone very angry
Don't mention Tom's promotion to Mike. It would be like a red flag to a bull!
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