It’s summer time! Most of us would love to have to opportunity to cool off in the water but instead of jumping in the pool, let’s learn some idioms with ‘jump”!
to jump the gun: to start doing something too soon, ahead of the others
E.g. The assistant jumped the gun by hiring the new employee, before the approval of the manager.
The athletes had to start the race again because one of them jumped the gun.
to jump to conclusion: to judge a situation without having enough information about it, to make assumptions
E.g. When people saw Brad and Jenny together, they immediately jumped to conclusions and thought they were dating.
We should not jump into conclusions. We will look like fools if we turn out to be wrong.
to jump through (the) hoops: to go through many (bureaucratic) obstacles, to do anything to get the desired results or to please someone
E.g. Jenny and Robert had to jump through the hoops to get their visas to China, but finally they are ready to travel.
The company is jumping through hoops these days to try to please their customers.
to jump ship: to quit a job unexpectedly
E.g. When the media found about the scandal, several executives jumped ship immediately.
Another marketing agency offered him double his salary to jump ship and start working for them.
to jump in: to become involved in something very quickly, Enter into something enthusiastically
E.g. The fans jumped in to break up the fight between the players.
I will be giving the presentation but since this is a team effort, please feel free to jump in anytime.
to jump down someone's throat: to react angrily to something that someone says or does, reprimand someone
E.g. She's been very irritable recently, jumping down the kids throat every time they open their mouth. Perhaps they should take a family vacation.
Just because I forgot to take out the garbage, you needn't jump down my throat.
Summer is just around the corner, and most of us looking forward to the warm weather so let’s learn some idiomatic expression with “warm”!
warm up to someone or something: to begin to like or enjoy something
E.g. He was shy at first but after we talked, he began to warm up to us a little.
The more I learnt about it, the more I warmed up to the idea of adopting a dog.
warm up: to become more friendly/open; to prepare for a performance or competition
E.g. The team had to warm up before the game so they can avoid injuries.
Rich knew how to warm up the audience of The Price is Right. His good looks and charming personality made even that special.
warm body: just anyone who can be counted on
E.g. Our boss asked us to get a couple of warm bodies to stand at the door and hand out fliers.
We cannot afford to have empty seats, so we need to get some warm bodies to fill up the stadium.
warm the bench: to be a secondary or substitute participant; wait one's turn to participate.
E.g. Richard can’t wait until the head of marketing retires; he’s been warming the bench for years .
Axel never has to warm the bench, he plays from the beginning to the end of the game.
like death warmed over: horrible; sick-looking
E.g. I feel like death warmed over. Maybe I should go see a doctor.
Poor thing, you look like death warmed over.
Cold hands, warm heart.: proverb meaning that people whose hands are cold usually have kind and loving personalities; figurative meaning: not showing one’s feeling does not mean not caring
E.g. He doesn't like holding hands with his girlfriend, her hands are so cold. Cold hands, warm heart, I suppose.
Jill’s husband rarely buys her gifts but he is a case of cold hands, warm heart. They are a very happy couple.
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