English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Enthusiasm - Eagerness - Motivation
|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.
|with bells on||If you go somewhere
with bells on, you are delighted and
eager to go there.
Of course I'll be there - with bells on!
|bounce off the walls||
Someone who is very excited about something,
or full of nervous energy, is said to be
bouncing off the walls.
Danny can't wait to start his new job. He's bouncing off the walls.
|bright-eyed and bushy-tailed||A person who is
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is
very enthusiastic and full of energy.
Gary was fantastic. He arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 7am
and worked with us all day.
|cause a stir||If something
causes a stir, it creates an atmosphere
of excitement or great interest.
The arrival of the actress caused quite a stir in the village.
|champ at the bit||Someone who is
champing at the bit is ready and eager
to start an activity, and is showing
impatience at being delayed.
The press conference was delayed for such a long time that the journalists were champing at the bit.
|dial it back||If you dial it back, you reduce
the intensity of something, or tone
When Lucas started getting all excited, his mother said :
Hey Lucas, dial it back a bit!
|do nothing by halves||When a person does everything they are
engaged in completely and thoroughly, they
are said to do nothing by halves.
When she cooks, it's a four-course meal - she does nothing by halves!
|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!
|eat, sleep and breathe something||If you eat, sleep and breathe
something, you are so enthusiastic and
passionate about it that you think about it
He's an enthusiastic golfer; he eats, sleeps and breathes it!
|edge of one's seat||Someone who is
on the edge of their seat is very
interested in something and finds it both
extremely exciting and nerve-wracking.
Look at Bob! He's on the edge of his seat watching that rugby match!
|fever pitch||If a situation or feeling reaches
fever pitch, it becomes very intense
Reaction to the affair has reached fever pitch all over the country.
|fling yourself into||If you fling yourself into an
activity, you do it with a lot of energy and
Ever since she flung herself in the anti-pollution campaign, she rarely has a free moment!
|go the extra mile||If you go the extra mile, you
do more than what is expected of you.
You can count on Tom; he's always willing to go the extra mile.
|hold your horses||If you tell someone to hold their
horses, you think they are doing
something too fast and should slow down and
not rush into further action.
Hold your horses! We need to get the customer's approval first!.
|lick/smack your lips||A
person who is licking (or
smacking) their lips is showing that
they are excited about something and are
eager for it to happen.
He was licking his lips at the idea of the money he was going to make.
|put your heart (and soul) into||If you put your heart (and soul)
into something, you are very
enthusiastic and invest a lot of energy and
hard work in it.
Paul was determined to make a success of the project. He put his heart and soul into it.
|raring to go||If someone is
raring to go, they are very eager and
enthusiastic about the idea of doing
The kids can't wait to go camping. They're raring to go!
|run out of steam||If you say that a
person, a process or an organised event is
running out of steam, you mean that
there is a loss of impetus, energy or
The anti-immigrant movement seems to be running out of steam.
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