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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'open old wounds'   to:  'a stitherum'

  • open (or reopen) old wounds
    • If you open or reopen old wounds you revive memories of an unpleasant event, situation or dispute that took place in the past.
      "He carefully avoided the subject so as not to open old wounds."

  • pour your heart out
    • If you pour your heart out to someone, you express your feelings freely.
      "When she needs to pour her heart out to someone, Elsa goes to visit her grandmother."

  • (as) proud as a peacock
    • A person who is as proud as a peacock is extremely proud.
      "When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock."

  • proud/pleased as punch
    • Someone who is as proud or pleased as punch is delighted or feels very satisfied about something.
      "Dad was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match."

  • put your foot in your mouth
    • If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone.
      "Jenny really put her foot in her mouth when she mentioned the housewarming party - Andy hadn't been invited."

  • reduce someone to tears
    • If your behaviour or attitude makes someone cry, you reduce them to tears.
      "The teacher criticised her presentation so harshly that she was reduced to tears."

  • regain your composure
    • If you regain your composure, you calm down and control your emotions again after a stressful or upsetting event.
      "It took her a while to regain her composure after hearing the insulting remarks."

  • save face
    • When someone saves face, they manage to avoid humiliation or embarrassment and preserve their dignity and the respect of others.
      "They allowed him to save face by accepting his resignation."

  • (have a) soft spot
    • If you have a soft spot for someone or something, you particularly like them.
      "My grandfather has always had a soft spot for his first grandchild."

  • speak volumes
    • If something speaks volumes, it expresses a reaction or opinion very clearly, with no need for words.
      "The happy smile on the child's face when he opened the box spoke volumes about my choice of gift."

  • let off steam
    • A person who lets off steam releases surplus energy or strong feelings either through intense physical activity or by talking in an unrestrained manner.
      "Let's bring the kids to the playground so they can let off steam."

  • steamed up
    • If someone gets steamed up about something, they become very angry, excited or enthusiastic about it.
      "Calm down - there's no need to get all steamed up about it!"

  • in a stew
    • When someone is in a stew about something, they are worried and agitated.
      "When she was organizing the wedding reception, Laura got into a stew over the seating arrangements."

  • in a stitherum
    • Someone who is (all) in a stitherum is excited, agitated or confused about something.
      "The mayor's resignation created quite a stitherum in the town."

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