Some American idioms 3

Here are some useful American Idioms ….

  • Smell a Rat

How come the front door is open? Didn’t  you close it before we went shopping?

I’m sure I did. I can’t understand it. Frankly, I smell a rat.

Me, too. I’m convinced that something is definitely wrong here. We’d better call the police.

  • Let the cat out of the Bag

Bob was going to retire from teaching in June, and the foreign language department was planning on presenting him with some luggage at his retirement dinner. He wasn’t supposed to know about it, but someone let the cat out of the bag. At the dinner Bob acted surprised, even though someone had told him what he was getting before the official presentation.

  • Horse Around

Did you hear about Dave’s back injury?

No. How did he get hurt?

Well, after the coach left the gym he decided to stay and horse around on the parallel bars. He somehow lost his grip and fell on his back.

That’s too bad, but he shouldn’t have been aimlessly playing around on the equipment without proper supervision.

  • Fishy

When the security guard saw a light in the store after closing hours, it seemed to him that there was something fishy going on. He called the central office and explained to his superior that he thought something strange and suspicious was occurring.

  • Go to the Dogs

Have you seen their house lately? It’s really gone to the dogs.

It’s true that it has become run-down and in serious need of repair, but I’m sure that it can be fixed up to look like new.

I guess with a little carpentry work and some paint it could look pretty decent.

  • Money talks

We’ve been waiting for three months to get delivery on our car, and people who put in their order after us have already gotten theirs.

Well, money talks. Why don’t you try giving the dealer a little something extra to move things along ?

I know full well that money has the power to influence people, but I refuse to pay extra for a service that is owed to me as a client.

If you want to have your car maybe you’d better reconsider.

  • Make Ends Meet

It’s almost impossible trying to keep up with the high cost of living.

It’s true. Things are so expensive nowadays that it’s very difficult to make ends meet.

You know, even with Lucie’s salary, our combined income is hardly enough to pay all the bills.

3 thoughts on “Some American idioms

  1. eli Dec 8,2010 9:30 pm

    سلام.خسته نباشید .من دانشجوی رشته مترجمی زبان هستم.دنبال یه سایت برای پیدا کردن اصطلاحات موضوعی برای پروزه هستم مثل idioms of anger or moneyکه اینجا بود.اگه همچین سایتی رو سراغ دارین یا تو همین سایت هست ممنون میشم اگه راهنماییم کنید.

  2. mohammad Jan 27,2011 12:27 pm

    thx about this website ,it has a good information , good luck friends

  3. Ali Jan 19,2014 11:58 am

    Hi Eli. i have some idiom books i think they can be useful because they are sent from U.S .
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