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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'fish out of water'   to:  'change of heart'

  • (like a) fish out of water
    • If you feel like a fish out of water, you feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
      "As a non-golfer, I felt like a fish out of water at the clubhouse."

  • fit of pique
    • Someone who reacts by showing their resentment or annoyance when their pride has been wounded, or they feel insulted, is said
      to have a fit of pique.
      "His partner left the table in a fit of pique."

  • Freudian slip
    • A Freudian slip is a mistake made by a speaker which is considered to reveal their true thoughts or feelings.
      "So you got the job - I'm so sad ...  Sorry, I mean 'glad'!"

  • have your heart in the right place
    • A person who has their heart in the right place has kind feelings and good intentions, even if the results are not too good.
      "The old lady's cake wasn't wonderful but she's got her heart in the right place!"

  • get a grip on yourself
    • If you get a grip on yourself, you try to control your feelings so as to be able to deal with a situation.
      "After the initial shock, Lisa got a grip on herself and called an ambulance."

  • get something out of your system
    • This expression means that you get rid of a strong emotion or desire by expressing it openly or trying to fulfill it.
      "Tell you parents how you feel - it's better to get it out of your system."

  • get worked up
    • If you get worked up about something, you become upset, annoyed or excited, often unnecessarily.
      "It's his first day at school tomorrow and he's all worked up about it."

  • go bananas
    • If someone becomes very emotional and starts behaving in a crazy way, they go bananas.
      "If you announce that you are going to drop out of school, your parents will go bananas!"

  • go off the deep end
    • If a person goes off the deep end, they become so angry or upset that they cannot control their emotions.
      "Eva will go off the deep end if her kids leave the kitchen in a mess again."

  • go to pieces
    • If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.
      "Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash."

  • groan inwardly
    • If you groan inwardly, you feel like expressing despair, disapproval or distress, but you remain silent.
      "On his return, when Pete saw the pile of files on his desk, he groaned inwardly."

  • guilty pleasure
    • Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.
      "Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!"

  • (as) hard as nails
    • A person who is (as) hard as nails is unsentimental and shows no sympathy.
      "Don't expect any sympathy from him.  He's as hard as nails."

  • head over heels in love (with someone)
    • When a person falls passionately in love with another, they are said to be head over heels in love.
      "Tony's only interest at the moment is Maria. He's head over heels in love with her!"

  • change of heart
    • If someone has a change of heart, they change their attitude or feelings, especially towards greater friendliness or cooperation.
      "He was against charity, but he had a change of heart when he saw the plight of the homeless."

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