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Inphografics and idioms

In Mc Millan Dictionary you will find monthly series of infographics to consolidate vocabulary in a more visual way.

Each infographic is based on a theme – from the universal theme of love and relationships through hairstyles to special events such as World Book Day, Easter and Earth Day. Keep an eye on that page for more infographics that are coming soon.

Here I leave some examples that you can download in .jpg from the original site

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IDIOMS: TIME

How to use these time idioms:

Beat the clock: “Burcu beat the clock and booked a Kaplan English course before prices increased!”
Turn back the hands of time: “Phil had to turn back the hands of time and wear his tracksuit from the 1990s for a fancy dress party.”
Kill time: “Mike arrived to the party early so he had to kill time waiting outside the venue.”
Once in a blue moon: “Rob buys a round at the bar once in a blue moon.”
Behind the times: “Chase is behind the times because he just listens to Simon & Garfunkel all day.
Time flies: “Time flies at a party because you’re having so much fun!”
Wasting time: “Hazel was just wasting time at the bus stop playing on her phone.”
The big time: “Leo made the big time when he was promoted the boss of the company.”

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IDIOMS: MUSIC

How to use these animal idioms:

Elevator music: “Kevin hated going shopping in the mall. He was tired of all the elevator music!”
Ring a bell: “Tina was sure that she had heard that music idiom before. It certainly did ring a bell!”
For a song: “Roy was selling his collection of toys very cheaply. They were going for a song!”
Like a broken record: “Hazel was tired of listening to Rob talk about Manchester United all the time. He sounded just like a broken record!”
Blow your own trumpet: “Chase’s boss told him to ‘Blow your own trumpet‘ after he succeeded at work.”
Jam session: “Daryl and John got together in the studio for a jam session. They were thinking up ideas for their new album.”
Call the tune: “Juan was keen to call the tune in the meeting. He wanted to take control of the team.”
Blow the whistle: “Martin had to blow the whistle at work when he saw Hazel stealing from the stationary cupboard.”

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IDIOMS THROUGH PICTURES

This is a very good blog where you can find  different resources.

Among them don’t forget to have  a look at all these fun and common idioms, beautifully illustrated.

 Improve the way you speak English by idioms. If you’re studying English, speaking more like a native will be music to your teacher’s ears.

Learn how to use all these  idioms in everyday conversation by checking out the example sentences below the graphics.

Click on the images below and you will go directly to the collection.

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ANIMAL IDIOMS

FOOD IDIOMS

LOVE IDIOMS

LOVE IDIOMS

WEATHER IDIOMS

BODY IDIOMS

HAPPYNESS IDIOMS

MONEY IDIOMS

SHHH IDIOMS

COLOUR IDIOMS

JUMP IDIOMS

MUSIC IDIOMS

TIME IDIOMS

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IDIOMS: TIME

How to use these time idioms:

Beat the clock: “Burcu beat the clock and booked a Kaplan English course before prices increased!”
Turn back the hands of time: “Phil had to turn back the hands of time and wear his tracksuit from the 1990s for a fancy dress party.”
Kill time: “Mike arrived to the party early so he had to kill time waiting outside the venue.”
Once in a blue moon: “Rob buys a round at the bar once in a blue moon.”
Behind the times: “Chase is behind the times because he just listens to Simon & Garfunkel all day.
Time flies: “Time flies at a party because you’re having so much fun!”
Wasting time: “Hazel was just wasting time at the bus stop playing on her phone.”
The big time: “Leo made the big time when he was promoted the boss of the company.”

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IDIOMS: SHHHH

How to use these shhh idioms:

Put a sock in it: “Hey, you’re being way too loud. Put a sock in it!”
Cork it: “Excuse me. What you’ve just said is very rude. Cork it!”
Button it: “Your argument is way out of line. Button it!”
Shut your pie hole: “You are being very loud and disruptive. Shut your pie hole!”
Zip your lips: “What you just said to me was offensive. Zip your lips!”
Wind your neck in: “Stop being so loud and obnoxious! Wind your neck in!”
Simmer down: “You are getting too loud and aggressive! Simmer down!”
Pipe down: “Why are you being so noisy when people are trying to concentrate? Pipe down!”

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IDIOMS: SCHOOL

How to use these school idioms:

Bookworm: “Chase spent all day in the library revising for the big exam. He’s turned into such a bookworm!”
Brainstorm: “The marketing team sat down for a brainstorm as they need some new ideas for their next campaign.”
Copycat: “Hazel was accused of being a copycat when the teacher saw her looking at Rob’s exam answers.”
Hit the books: “Jonas hit the books when he realized that he had a very important exam the next day.”
Pass with flying colors: “Julian was uncertain about the important exam even though his teacher told him that he would pass with flying colors!”
Skip class: “Martin was tempted to skip class because his next lesson involved a difficult maths test.”
Dropout: “Mike studied extra hard for his exams because he did not want to be a high school dropout.”
Teacher’s pet: “Candida didn’t mind being the teacher’s pet because she always got good grades.””

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IDIOMS: LOVE

How to use these love idioms:

Double date: “Hazel and Matthew went on a double date with John and Mary to their local Italian restaurant.”
Match made in heaven: “Balint and Nora are really well suited. They are a match made in heaven.”
On the rocks: “Philippa and David are not talking to each other. I think their relationship ison the rocks.”
Puppy love “I had my first girlfriend when I was 12. It was just puppy love.”
Head over heels: “I have never seen Andre so happy. He is head over heels in love with his new girlfriend.”
Lovey-dovey: “Mary and Tony are always holding hands and kissing in public. They are solovey-dovey.”
Love rat: “Mik had an affair with his wife’s best friend. He is such a love rat.”
Have the hots: “I have the hots for my neighbor. I am going to ask them out on a date”

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IDIOMS:HAPPINESS

How to use these happiness idioms:

Having a whale of a time: “Tatiana was having a whale of a time when celebrating her birthday at work!”
On cloud nine: “Tony was on cloud nine when he managed to get tickets to see his favorite band.”
Tickled pink: “Candida was tickled pink when she won tickets to her see her favorite hockey team!”
On top of the world: “Hazel was on top of the world after learning of her promotion!”
Happy as a clam: “Iona was as happy as a clam when her boyfriend proposed to her!”
Buzzing: “Ben was buzzing when his favorite basketball team won the league!”
Over the moon: “Helena was over the moon when she discovered that she passed all of her exams!”
In seventh heaven: “Rachel was in seventh heaven when she got a new job, which paid a much larger salary!”

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IDIOMS: FOOD

How to use these food idioms:

Egg head: “Julian passed all of this exams. He is such an egg head!”
Big cheese: “Tony is the boss of the whole sales and marketing department. He is a big cheese.”
Couch potato: “Hazel is such a couch potato. She just sits around all day watching television!”
Tough cookie: “Robert ran the race even though he was injured. He is a real tough cookie!”
Top banana: “Morag is the captain of the netball team. She is the top banana!”
Bad apple: “Mik is a real bad apple. He always causes trouble at work.”
Sour grapes: “Barry said that Mike’s hat was silly. It’s just sour grapes!”
Lemon law: “Rachel bought a car that broke down straight away! Luckily she was protected by lemon law.”

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