English idiomatic expressions, or simply idioms (idioms) is not only an integral part of the language, but also reflect the culture and everyday life of the people, who spoke on it. They decorate it and make it possible to save many words of the speaker and effort as very succinctly and accurately convey sometimes not only the meaning of a single utterance, but even entire speeches!
The article «Means of transport. Services in English, «I talked about how amazing fantasy of people when it comes to getting around on land, water and air. In this article I want to introduce you to the stable expression of the same subject. So, transport idioms and set expressions on the theme ‘Transport’.
We begin with a discussion of idioms that are associated with boats. One of the most popular and ancient ways of traveling provides fertile ground for the creation of colorful expressions. In addition, the sea itself never ceases to excite people and to this day, so there are new phrases associated with this element.
- To miss the boat — miss the opportunity / chance; to miss an opportunity.
I wanted to apply for a job in this company, but I missed the boat by waiting for too long. — I wanted to send a resume to get a job in this company, but missed the opportunity because it waited too long.
- To be in the same boat — to be / to be with someone in the same (often difficult) position.
Students often think that it is easy for teachers to deal with idioms, but we are in the same boat. — Students think that teachers easily learn idioms, but we are in the same position.
- To be plain sailing — «on wheels»; easily; without the complexities (literally — «smooth sailing»).
At the beginning the writing section of the IELTS test was not plain sailing — she could not understand the task and made a lot of grammar mistakes. — Initially, the written part of the IELTS exam was not easy. She did not understand the job and allows a lot of grammatical errors.
- To stick / stand out a mile — evident; It is obvious; It can be seen a mile away.
His lack of experience sticks out a mile. — His inexperience is evident.
- To run a mile — run aimlessly; struggle to avoid something.
He’d run a mile if I asked him to marry me. — Yes, he would run aimlessly, if I asked him to marry me.
- Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile — give them the finger — bite the hand.
Children should not get away with such things. Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. — Such actions should not go away with the children. Give them the finger — bite the hand.
- To hit the road — to embark on a journey; go on the road.
I’d love to stay longer but I must hit the road. — I would gladly stayed, but I needed to hit the road.
- Middle-of-the-road — moderate; «Easy» (in the case of music). This expression can be described as a person, organization, opinions or entertainment that is not extreme and people perceived as acceptable.
I used to like rock, but these days I prefer something middle-of-the-road. — I used to love rock, but now I prefer the lighter music.
- A long way down the road — in the long term; in future; further; in the distant future.
We have just started learning English, so any international exam is a long way down the road. — We have just started to learn English, so the delivery of any international exam can be expected only in the distant future.
How funny stories befall people traveling by car! One of the most convenient ways to travel long been a good source for all kinds of jokes. And most importantly, that all stable phrases that can be found on the subject, absolutely clear to everyone why such expressions are easy to remember.
- A backseat driver — unsolicited counselor. Annoying passenger who advises the driver like him to go.
I hate it, when you behave like a backseat driver. I know exactly what I need to do. — I hate it when you climb with his advice. I myself know what to do.
- Be in the driver’s seat — «be in charge»; to control something or control something.
We’ll follow your plan when you are in the driver’s seat. — We will follow your plan when you start to lead all.
- A Sunday driver — a driver who is in a hurry and therefore goes slowly than creating plug and annoying other drivers.
These Sunday drivers drive me crazy! Why can not they drive faster? — These turtles truck drivers just drive me crazy! Can not you go faster?
- To reinvent the wheel — reinventing the wheel; rediscover America.
There’s a simple solution to this problem. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. — This problem has a simple solution. No need to reinvent the wheel.
- To be asleep at the wheel — is bad to do the work; moonlight; bungle; to blunder.
Last week Coca-Cola fired a few employees who were asleep at the wheel. — Last week, Coca-Cola has dismissed several employees who are doing their job poorly.
- The wheels have come off — fail (literally — «the wheels have fallen off»).
Even though we were doing our best, the wheels came off. — Despite the fact that we are doing our best, we still failed.
- On the wagon — people stop drinking; «A complication».
Mike was on the wagon for five years, when he was living with his family. — Mike was a complication five years, when he lived with his family.
- To jump on the bandwagon — use the success of the enterprise; join the winners; join the majority; to do everything; follow the latest fashion.
The success of Japanese sushi made many restaurants jump on the wagon and add this dish to their menus. — The success of Japanese sushi has forced many restaurants to follow fashion and add this dish to your menu.
- To fall off the wagon — leave the booze; again to start drinking alcohol in large quantities.
After the accident her brother fell off the wagon. — After the accident, her brother went into the bout.
A fun way to remember the English idioms
One effective way to learn idioms, however, like any other words, it yourself trying to connect them in the mini-stories or stories. Here is an example.
Many people are just starting to learn English, it is believed that the teachers, due to the fact that they are learning the language is not the first year, a snap (plain sailing) remembering phrasal verbs, proverbs, sayings, and other stable combinations of words. Believe me, this is not so, and teachers are in the same position with the students (in the same boat), when it comes to idioms.
It is obvious (it sticks out a mile), it is impossible to remember all the idioms, but completely lose sight of them, too, can not. After all, you may miss the chance to (miss the boat) to make his speech richer and bring its content to the desired educated native speaker level (English language skills at the level of an educated native speaker). Of course, such a prospect awaits beginners still in the distant future (a long way down the road), but do not despair and go to extremes.
The zeal for knowledge is commendable, but some students pass all bounds. «Give them the finger — bite the hand» — often talk about these (give them an inch and they’ll take a mile). Ask to learn three idioms, and they teach ten. 🙂 Some, on the contrary, are trying to be avoided (run a mile from idioms) Expressions and teach them reluctantly … You can think of the continuation of this fascinating history of its own.
Also be sure to read the articles «Colored idioms of the English language: the history of origin and rules of use» and «9» animals «idioms in the English language: the history of the origin and use of the rules.» They told us some of the unusual history of the most popular English idioms.
And now I propose to pass the test and to remember that mean we studied idioms.