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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'couldn't give a hoot'   to:  'nose out of joint'

  • couldn't give a hoot
    • To say that you don't or couldn't give a hoot means that you don't care at all about something.
      "She wears eccentric clothes but she couldn't give a hoot about what others think."

  • hot under the collar
    • If you get hot under the collar, you feel annoyed, indignant or embarrassed.
      "If anyone criticises his proposals, Joe immediately gets hot under the collar."

  • keep a stiff upper lip
    • If a person keeps a stiff upper lip, they contain their emotion and do not let other people see their feelings.
      "When the bad news was announced, she kept a stiff upper lip."

  • lick one's wounds
    • When a person licks their wonds, they try to recover their confidence or spirits after a defeat, failure or disappointment.
      "Poor Hugo is licking his wounds after being dropped from the team."

  • look on the bright side
    • If you look on the bright side, you view a mostly unpleasant situation in a positive and optimistic way and the see the favourable aspects.
      "OK. You know nobody. But look on the bright side - you'll make lots of new friends!"

  • love me, love my dog
    • This expression means that if someone loves you, they must love everything about you, including everyone and everything you love.
      "Harry didn't like Sally's best friend, but Sally said : 'love me, love my dog!'"

  • (have a) lump in your throat
    • If you have a lump in your throat, you have a tight feeling in your throat because of a strong emotion such as sadness or gratitude.
      "The speech was so touching that I had a lump in my throat."

  • makes your ears burn
    • If something makes your ears burn, you are embarrassed by what you hear, especially if the conversation is about you.
      "The comments I overheard made my ears burn."

  • makes your flesh crawl
    • Something that makes your flesh crawl fills you with disgust or makes you feel very nervous.
      "Just talking about snakes makes my flesh crawl!"

  • (have) mixed feelings
    • When you have mixed feelings about something, you react to it with conflicting emotions; you are happy and unhappy at the same time.
      "I had mixed feelings about leaving the company. I was excited about my new job but sad to be leaving my colleagues."

  • no hard feelings
    • If you have no hard feelings, you feel no resentment or bitterness about something.
      "When Alan was promoted instead of Steve, he said to Steve : 'No hard feelings I hope."

  • not give a hang
    • If you do not give a hang about something, you are totally indifferent to it and do not care at all about it.
      "I'm not interested in football so I don't give a hang about which team wins."

  • not turn a hair
    • If someone does not turn a hair, they show no emotion in circumstances where a reaction is expected.
      "When the police came to arrest him, he didn't turn a hair."

  • nose out of joint
    • If something puts your nose out of joint, it offends or annoys you.
      "When he discovered he wasn't on the invitation list, that really put his nose out of joint!"

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