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IDIOMES, EXPRESSIONS et DICTONS

IDIOMS, PHRASES and SAYINGS

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CONTENTS :

Cartoons Interactive games
Cliparts Lesson plans
Exercises to print Listening
Idioms in songs Other resources
Illustrated idioms Videos / Animations
Interactive exercises  


Idioms and Phrases by topic :

And - Animals - Autumn -
Be quiet - Bees - Best - Body - Book - Brave new world - Break - Buildings - Business -
Clean - Colours - Clothes - Compare -
Death - Distance - Dog - Dozen -
Eggs - Emotions - Eggs - Emotions -
Family - First - Fish - Food - For political campaigns - Friends -
Give - Gold / Golden - Ground -
Halloween - Happiness - Heart - Hell - Home / House -
Idioms of the world - Insects -
Knowledge -
Let me know - Life and Relationships - Love -
Money - Music -
News - Numbers -
One -
Pie - Politics -

Reptiles - Road - Roll - Rooms -

School - Shapes - Shopping - Single, double and triple - Sleep - Snakes - Songs - Sports - Sun -
Talking - Theater, Dance, & Opera - Time - Tools - Travelling -
Water - Whistle - Winter - Worms -

(Updated on 16/08/2012)

 

 

RELATED PAGES :

Sayings and Proverbs - Cliches
+ The VOCABULARY pages

"To kick the bucket"

 

 

BY TOPIC :

And - Animals - Autumn / Fall -
Be quiet
-
Bees - Best - Body - Book - Brave new world - Break - Buildings - Business -
Clean - Colours - Clothes
- Compare -
Death
- Distance - Dog
- Dozen -
Eggs - Emotions -
Family - First - Fish - Food - For political campaigns - Friends -
Give - Gold / Golden - Ground
Happiness - Heart - Hell
- Home / House -
Insects
-
Knowledge
-
Let me know - Life and Relationships - Love -
Money
- Music -
News
- Numbers -
One
-
Pie - Politics -
Reptiles - Road - Roll - Rooms -
School - Shapes - Shopping - Single, double and triple - Sleep - Snakes - Songs - Sports - Sun
Talking - Theater, Dance, & Opera - Time - Tools - Travelling
Water
- Whistle - Winter - Worms -


see the pages of VOCABULARY with the IDIOM sections


  • AND

  • ANIMALS :

    • see Animal Idioms and Proverbs


    • see Dog

    • TALK2US: Animal Idioms - VIDEO
      "Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)



    • DOG :

      • Dog Idioms (MP4 - 42MB)
        1. To be in the dog house
        2. The hair of the dog
        3. To make a dogs dinner of something
        - with the script
        (BBC)

       

      • English in a Minute: Dog Eat Dog - VIDEO
        "Dogs are popular pets in many countries. But, this expression sounds terrible!
        Find out what a "dog eat dog" world is like in this week's English in a Minute."

        (learningenglish.voanews.com)



    • HORSE:

      • The Origins of 12 Neigh Sayings
        (neatorama.com)
      • Hold Your Horses! - Text + Audio
        "Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle!"

        (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      • English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouth - VIDEO
        "If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information?
        Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!"

        (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      • The Word of the Month : HORSE
        Definition / Horseplay with idioms / Horses in the news / Horses on the menu

        (thewordofthemonth.com)

      • Hold Your Horses! - Text + Audio
        "You'll hear about horse expressions straight from the horses mouth, so stop horsing around!"

        (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • Animal Idioms and Metaphors for IPAD with Animated explanations and application examples
      "The English language is full of idioms and metaphors relating to animals.
      For example, do you know what it means if someone calls you "a dark horse"?
      And do you know what "a wild goose chase" is? If not, then you should have a look at the Animal Idioms and Metaphors iPad app ($1.99)."
      + DESCRIPTION + VERDICT

      (ipadenglish.net)


     
    • English Idioms about big animals.
      "Watch the video, and learn a few idioms."
      - like a bull in a china shop
      - put the cart before the horse
      - the elephant in the room
      See a list of terms used in this activity.

      Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

  • Teach idioms with The Teacher
    "Downloadable 5-minute videos in which a quirky professor introduces over 36 idioms related to animals and food."
    + Worksheets

    (BBC)


  • Animal idioms - "Click on an idiom to study its meaning before taking the quiz." (a4esl)

  • More animal idioms (english-zone)

  • Animal idioms (illustrated) - gap fill typing game - (British Council)
    "Idioms are expressions whose meanings are different from the meanings of the words that they contain.
    The following idioms all use the names of different animals.
    Can you put the pictures in the right boxes?"


  • VIDEO ENGLISH
    "In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with cats :
    1. There isn't enough room to swing a cat
    2. To let the cat out of the bag
    3. To put the cat among the pigeons
    - with the script

    Other episodes : Fish idioms | Horse idioms | Bird idioms | Pig idioms
    (BBC)
  • Curiosity killed the cat. - with meaning and example (humanities.byu.edu)


    • Monkey idioms
      "In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with monkeys.
      1. To monkey around
      2. Monkey business
      3. To make a monkey out of someone"

      - with the script
      (BBC)


 

  • BEST :

    • The Many Uses of “Best”
      "Besides its use as a simple adjective meaning, “of the highest excellence, excelling all others in quality,”
      the word best serves as other parts of speech and occurs in many English idioms."

      (dailywritingtips.com)

 

 

 

 

    • Three idioms connected with legs. - with the script
      1. I'm pulling your leg
      2. It cost an arm and a leg
      3. You haven't got a leg to stand on
      - with the script
      (BBC)

    • Head Idioms
      1. It's like banging your head against a brick wall
      2. He's got his head in the clouds
      3. An old head on young shoulders

      + Script
      (BBC)

 

    • Words and Their Stories: All About Eyes
      "Expressions that may catch your eye."
      "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
    • Three idiomatic phrases connected with eyes
      1. To keep an eye on something
      2. To have eyes in the back of your head
      3. His eyes are bigger than his stomach

      (BBC)

 

 

  • CLEAN :

  • CLOTHES :

    • Hats Off to You! - Text + Audio
      "We all wear clothes. And in American English, we have a lot of expressions connected to clothing!
      Read on to learn several useful expressions that come from the world of clothes."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down - Text + Audio
      "Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants?
      Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others.
      You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient.
      All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • Belt Idioms
      "A belt is a strip of flexible material, such as leather, plastic, cloth, used with or without a buckle for wear (usually) around the waist.
      Some idioms are based on a belt’s narrow shape, like the following epithets for different sections of the United States."

      (dailywritingtips.com)
    • Clothes Idioms and Sayings (learnenglish.de)

    • Crazy English Clothes Idioms - with explanations and examples
      (jokes4teachers.com)

 

  • COLOURS :
    • Colour idioms: BLUE + SCRIPT (BBC)
      In this video the Teacher introduces three blue idioms:
      1. A bolt from the blue
      2. Once in a blue moon
      3. Until you are blue in the face
    • Three idiomatic phrases connected with the colour SILVER + VIDEO + SCRIPT
      (BBC)
      • To be born with a silver spoon in your mouth
      • To be silver-tongued
      • Every cloud has a silver lining


    • Green Means Spring and Other Things - Text + Audio
      "Spring in the U.S. means the landscape is turning green.
      So, it's only appropriate that we teach some green idioms and expressions! Some may surprise you.
      Have you ever met a "green-eyed monster?" Is having a "green thumb" a good thing or something that needs a doctor's care?
      Read on to find out."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 3 idioms using the colour GREEN - with a video
      (BBC)
      • To have green fingers
      • The grass is always greener on the other side
      • To be green with envy



  • COMPARE :

    • Idioms with Compare (dailywritingtips.com)

      "The verb compare comes from Latin comparare, “to pair together, couple, match, bring together.” It occurs in four common English idioms.
  • to compare someone or something to someone or something
    to compare someone or something with someone or something
    to compare notes on something or someone
    to compare apples and oranges"

 


  • DOZEN :

 

 



 

CARTOONS :


Cartoon: Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut?
"Bradley Manning, the US Army private
who leaked thousands of classified documents,
has been convicted of espionage but not of aiding the enemy..."
BACKGROUND + CARTOON + EXPLANATION
+ VOCABULARY + NOTE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Bucket Lists
"The joke is that the woman plans to buy Facebook stock,
which can also be seen as very risky, given its fall in value
since the company's IPO in May."
+ COMMENT + BACKGROUND + LINKS

(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: Paddling His Own Canoe
"This cartoon by Dave Brown from 
The Independent is based on the painting
 Canoe in the Rapids
  by 19th century American landscape painter Winslow Homer..."
+ EXPLANATION + IDIOM + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Dead birds - cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

Get off my back
(drawingsbydave.blogspot.com)

 

 

VIDEOS / ANIMATIONS :

  • English in a Minute: That Ship Has Sailed - VIDEO
    "If someone says to you, "that ship has sailed," it might mean you have missed out on an opportunity.
    Learn how to use this expression in this week's English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • English in a Minute: Bucket List - VIDEO
    "What is on your "bucket list?" Find out what this term means in this week's English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • English in a Minute: To Have Butterflies - VIDEO
    "Butterflies are beautiful creatures. But, is it a good thing or a bad thing to "have butterflies?"
    Find out how to use this expression in this episode of English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • English in a Minute: Pain in the Neck - VIDEO
    "A lot of idioms have to do with parts of the body. But is this expression have anything to do with your neck?
    Find out in this week's English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • English in a Minute: Jazz it Up - VIDEO
    "Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up?
    Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • English in a Minute: Out of the Woods - VIDEO
    "The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees.
    But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees.
    Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • English in a Minute: Fishing for Compliments - VIDEO
    "A compliment is a nice thing you say about a person or something that person has done.
    But what does it mean to "fish for compliments?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • English in a Minute: Ring a Bell - VIDEO - 13 June 2015
    "Does this expression "ring a bell" for you? Learn how to use this American English expression,
    and find out where it came from, in this episode of EIM."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • English in a Minute: Tip of the Iceberg - VIDEO - 30 May 2015
    "An iceberg is a large mass of ice floating in water. But what do you think this idiom means?
    Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock - VIDEO
    "How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Confessions of an Idiom
    "Everyone has Skeletons in their Closet but what happens if one day the Elephant in the Room decides to make the Skeleton in the Closet bring the truth to light? The Skeleton isn’t one to confess to his crimes so easily. Mayhem ensues in this power struggle with a world full of idioms."

    (vimeo.com)

 

  • TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms
    "Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)