Welcome to our new series, Hansa One Idiom of the Week!
Idioms are an important part of any language, and the more you know how to use, the more native you will sound. But what exactly are they?
Idioms are commonly used expressions or combination of words that usually have a figurative (non-literal) meaning or an unusual grammatical sequence.
ring a bell: something is familiar to you but you can't remember where you heard it or where you know it from
E.g. A: Does the name “Tamura” ring a bell?
B: Yes, it does sound familiar but I am not sure where I heard it.
pull someone’s leg: joke with someone, tease somebody
E.g. A:Have you noticed that you are not wearing matching socks?
B: Don’t listen to him, he is just pulling your leg, your socks are fine.
make do: to survive/get by with what you have at that moment
E.g. I did not have time to buy groceries before the party so I have to make do with what is left in the fridge.
for the time being: just for the present moment
E.g. We have just moved to the area but won’t be able to move into our new house until the end of the month. For the time being, we are staying in a hotel.
We look forward to using this blog space to share useful idioms and samples! You might learn a thing or two!
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