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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:  'bare your heart'   to:  'do a world of good'

  • bare your heart (or soul) to someone
    • If you bare you heart (or soul) to someone, you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings to them.
      "Mike couldn't keep things to himself any longer. He decided to bare his soul to his best friend."

  • bear the brunt
    • A person who bears the brunt of something is the one who suffers the most when something bad or unpleasant happens.
      "When things go wrong, his assistant always has to bear the brunt of his anger. "

  • bent out of shape
    • If you get bent out of shape, you become annoyed or upset about something that is usually not that important or cannot be avoided.
      "Don't get bent out of shape if you're delayed. We'll wait for you."

  • beside yourself (with emotion)
    • If you are beside yourself (with an emotion), you lose your self-control because of the intensity of the emotion you are feeling.
      "He was beside himself with grief when he lost his son."

  • an open book
    • If you describe someone as an open book, you find it easy to know what they are thinking and feeling. Nothing is hidden.
      "We could see immediately that she was delighted with the proposal. Her face was an open book."

  • read someone like a book
    • If you can read someone like a book, you are able to understand easily what they are thinking or feeling.
      "Eva has been my best friend since we were children. I can read her like a book!"

  • bored to tears (also: bored to distraction/bored to death/bored 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."

  • carry the torch for someone
    • If you carry the torch, you have strong feelings for someone with whom you do not or cannot have a relationship.
      "He's been carrying the torch for Julie since their college days, before she married Ted."

  • wouldn't be caught/seen dead
    • If someone says that they wouldn't be caught or seen dead in a particular place or doing something, they mean that they would be too ashamed or embarrassed.
      "My seven-year-old son thinks he's a big boy; he wouldn't be caught dead holding my hand in front of his friends!"

  • cheesed off
    • If someone is cheesed off with something, they are annoyed, bored or frustrated.
      "Jenny is absolutely cheesed off with her job."

  • (have a) chip on your shoulder
    • If someone has a chip on their shoulder, they feel resentful because they feel they are being treated unfairly, especially because of their background, their sex or their colour.
      "He's got a chip on his shoulder because he's from a working-class family."

  • close to home
    • If a remark or comment is close to home, it is so true, or it affects you so directly, that you feel uncomfortable.
      "Alan looks embarrassed. Bob's comment must have been close to home."

  • come apart at the seams
    • To say that someone is coming apart at the seams means that they are extremely upset or under severe mental stress.
      "Bob has had so many problems lately, he's coming apart at the seams."

  • cork up something
    • If you cork up your feelings or emotions, you fail to show or express them.
      "It would be better if she showed her grief and didn't cork up her feelings."

  • cut to the quick
    • If you cut someone to the quick, you hurt their feelings or offend them deeply.
      "Alan was cut to the quick when Joe expressed doubt about his sincerity."

  • deep down
    • If you talk about how someone is, or feels, deep down, you are describing what they are like or what they really feel deep inside, behind the outward appearance.
      "He appears to be indifferent to his success, but deep down he's very happy"

  • do a world of good
    • If something does you a world of good, it makes you feel much better, more relaxed or happier.
      "A few days away would do you a world of good."

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