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"English Idioms Challenge" by Tears De Lys
Categories: Inu Yasha, Yu-Gi-Oh, Naruto, Fruits Basket, Bleach, Devil May Cry, Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Kuroshitsuji , Axis Powers Hetalia
Characters: Reader, Various
Description: Idioms are silly. They can be easily misunderstood by people of different cultured and it's fun to think about the reaction when the phrase was first used. Write a situation based around one of the following idioms. I don't care if it's silly crack, romantic fluff, sad angst or whatever. This is my first challenge ever, so enjoy~♥
An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words' denotations would suggest. For example, an American-English speaker would understand the phrase "kick the bucket" to mean "to die," as well as to actually kick a bucket. Furthermore, they would understand when each meaning is being used in context. An idiom is not to be confused with other figures of speech such as a metaphor, which invokes an image by use of implicit comparisons (e.g., "the man of steel" ); a simile, which invokes an image by use of explicit comparisons (e.g., "faster than a speeding bullet"); and hyperbole, which exaggerates an image beyond truthfulness (e.g., like "missed by a mile" ). Idioms are also not to be confused with proverbs, which are simple sayings that express a truth based on common sense or practical experience.
Here's a list of Idioms... If you can come up with more, feel free to add them!
Notable Idioms In English
"A bitter pill"-A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
"Ace in the hole"-A hidden or secret strength, or unrevealed advantage.
"Add insult to injury"-To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation .
"All ears"-Listening intently; fully focused or Awaiting an explanation.
"All thumbs"-Clumsy, awkward.
"Barking up the wrong tree"-Looking in the wrong place.
"Basket case"-One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress.
"Bent out of shape"-Getting worked up, aggravated, or overly annoyed at something that usually cannot be helped.
"Beat around the bush"-To treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally or To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
"Bite off more than you can chew"-To take on more responsibility than you can manage.
"Bite the bullet"-To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
"Bite the dust"-Euphemism for dying or death.
"Break a leg"-A saying from the theatre which means "good luck."
"Burning the midnight oil"-To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
"Bust your chops"-To say things intended to harass.
"By the seat of your pants"-To achieve through instinct or do something without advance preparation.
"By the skin of your teeth"-Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
"Call it a day"-To declare the end of a task.
"Chew the fat"-To chat idly or generally waste time talking.
"Clam up"-To become silent; to stop talking, to shut up.
"Cold shoulder"-To display aloofness and
"Don't have a cow "-Don't overreact.
"Drop a dime "-Make a telephone call.
"Fit as a fiddle"-In good physical health.
"For a song"-Almost free. Very cheap.
"From A to Z"-Covering a complete range; comprehensively.
"Hit the road "-To leave.
"Hit the sack "/sheets/hay-To go to bed.
"(Take a) Kick at the can"-Make an attempt, or produce an initial document/design/idea/etc.
"Kick the bucket"-Euphemism for dying or death.
"Off your trolley" or "Off your rocker"-Crazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
"Pop one's clogs(UK)"-Euphemism for dying or death.
"Piece of cake"-A job, task or other activity that is pleasant – or, by extension, easy or simple.
"Pushing up daisies"-Euphemism for dying or death.
"Right as rain"-Needed, appropriate, essential, or hoped-for and has come to mean perfect, well, absolutely right.
"Screw the pooch"-To screw up; to fail in dramatic and ignominious fashion.
"Shoot the breeze"-To chat idly or generally waste time talking.
"Sleep with the fishes"-Euphemism for dying or death.
"Take the biscuit (UK)"-To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious.
"Take the cake (US)"-To be especially good or outstanding.
"Through thick and thin"-Both good and bad times.
"Trip the light fantastic"-Euphemism for dancing.
"Under the weather"-Feel sick or poorly.
Posted: 05/26/12 | Deadline: None
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