Common idiomatic expressions 

Today we continue learning  with some idiomatic expressions that can be very useful when used correctly.

These expressions are used by native English speakers to convey a lot of information and can be used in a variety of situations  .

Have you heard any ot them before ?

Match the expressions in box A with the definitions in box B.

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Against all odds          Be in two minds            The ins and outs

Whet somebody’s appetite          Slip one’s mind         Put one’s foot down

B

Forget                   Make somebody very motivated to have an experience     

Insist on something                       The details of a situation       

Despite all difficulties                    Be undecided and not sure

 

Now match one of the above expressions to each of the pictures below

 

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Complete the sentences below with the correct idiom from above

  1. I won’t feel settled in the job until I know __________________________
  2. That weekend holiday on the coast has really ________________________ for our summer holiday in Greece.
  3. There is too much indiscipline here. You are going to have to______________________.
  4. She was supposed to do the shopping but it ___________________ because she had had such a busy day.
  5. The deadline was really tight, but _______________________, expressions they managed to meet it by working overtime.
  6. She’s ________________ about whether to have an early night or go to a nightclub.

Result down below

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Answer key

Expressions and Definitions

Against all odds                      – despite all difficulties  

Be in two minds                     – be undecided and not sure

The ins and outs                    – The details of a situation              

Whet somebody’s appetite – make somebody very motivated to have an experience       

Slip one’s mind                      – forget

Put one’s foot down             – insist on something 

Matching to pictures

1 Slip one’s mind                       2 The ins and outs                          3 Against all odds                            4 Whet somebody’s appetite      5 Put one’s foot down                   6 Be in two minds                     

 

Complete the sentences

1 I won’t feel settled in the job until I know the ins and outs.

2 That weekend holiday on the coast has really whet my appetite for our summer holiday in Greece.

3 There is too much indiscipline here. You are going to have to put your foot down.

4 She was supposed to do the shopping, but it slipped her mind because she had had such a busy day.

5 The deadline was really tight, but against all odds ,they managed to meet it by working overtime.

6 She’s in two minds about whether to have an early night or go to a nightclub.

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