International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th, and though it is not celebrated in the US, we could still recognize women by learning expressions related to beauty and appearance!
as cute as a button: adorable
E.g. The Smiths new baby is cute as a button in their family photo. That outfit is just adorable.
Katie was as cute as a button and the boys were starting to notice her.
(all) decked out: to be dressed up or decorated in a special way/for a special occasion
E.g. The children were decked out for Halloween as a fire man and a lion.
Men like to deck their cars out before they go on a date so that they can impress the ladies.
to dress to kill/dress to impress: to wear very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
E.g. She arrived at the party dressed to kill. Everyone was looking at her.
We received an invitation saying “No jeans, no sandals. Dress to impress!”
face only a mother could love: humorous way of saying that someone is unattractive
E.g. I feel bad for him – the poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
She heard that her new colleague has a face only a mother could love. She did not care about his appearance as long as they could work well together.
to look/feel like a million dollars: to look great
E.g. With your new hairstyle and make up you look like a million dollars!
After a week vacation and relaxing spa visits, I feel like a million dollars.
(all) skin and bone: very/too thin
E.g. He was ill for a long time and now he is all skin and bone.
Grandmothers always say that their grandchildren are skin and bone and need to eat more.
(as) pretty as a picture: very attractive
E.g. The newlyweds looked pretty as a picture in their wedding photos.
Their new house in the country looked as pretty as a picture. There is a certain charm about these cottages.
The holidays are over, the weather is getting better, so no excuse for not starting our business-related idiom series. We will take a look at commonly used expression in the office world, though their use is not exclusive to business. It’s “time” to get started!
Let’s get down to business! – let’s get started and to the point
E.g. “All right, we need to get down to business so we can finish this today.”
The manager got down to business right away so they could discuss the issues that needed to be settled.
all in a day’s work – nothing unusual, just part of the job
E.g. He doesn't particularly like to make cold calls, but it's all in a day's work.
Mingling with celebrities is all in a day's work for this reporter.
around the clock – non-stop, 24 hours a day
E.g. When the internet went down, the IT staff worked around the clock to get the system back as quickly as possible.
We need to close this deal today, so we will be working around the clock until we come to an agreement.
at the eleventh hour – at the very last minute
E.g. They were able to negotiate an agreement at the eleventh hour, just in time to avoid a strike.
Jean always turned her reports in at the eleventh hour.
at the end of the day – to sum up, when we are all finished
E.g. Many people applied for the position, but at the end of the day, only a handful of them got an interview. .
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the manager’s decision.
crunch time – short, stressful period to get results
E.g. The end of the month is always crunch time for the team, they want to make sure that the numbers are up for the month.
The deadline is tomorrow to submit the proposal, so it is now crunch time.
on the dot – at the exact time
E.g. We have the conference call scheduled at 9.30 am, on the dot.
Make sure you arrive at the meeting on time. 2 pm, on the dot.
call it a day – to be finished/done
E.g. It is Friday, 5 pm, let’s call it a day. We can continue working on this project on Monday.
Jimmy reached a point in his professional athlete carrier, when he had to call it a day. He will dedicate his time now to his family and business.
In honor of Presidents' Day celebration and George Washington's birthday coming up in a few days, why don't we take a look at some idioms commonly used in politics?
to run for office - to try to be elected to a particular office (political position)
E.g. Will President Obama run for office again in 2016? No, he cannot, he would have served two terms already.
John has always been interested in politics and now he decided to run for mayor.
to throw in the towel - to give up, to admit defeat
E.g. He knew he was going to lose, so he threw in the towel.
Jimmy will never throw in the towel, he is a fighter.
common denominator - traits or characteristics certain people have in common
E.g. Lowering taxes seem to be the common denominator in today's politicians.
Mr. Brown likes political dinners. Food is often a common denominator among opponents, it has the ability to bring people together to have a balanced discussion about controversial topics.
to enter the home stretch - to get close to the end of the race
E.g. The political campaign is in the home stretch. The candidates are looking forward to getting the results next week.
"Let's give it everything we have got, we are in the home stretch now!"
mudslinging - destroy their opponent's good name by saying bad things or through misleading advertisements
E.g. I don't like the negative campaigning, this mudslinging is really annoying, it makes us dislike all the candidates.
The mudslinging did not help expand the media coverage of the issues, they have to find different tactics to succeed.
landslide victory/by a landslide - a victory when one candidate receives an overwhelming majority of the votes
E.g. In the 1997 General Election, Tony Blair and his Labor party had a landslide victory.
Their coalition was re-elected by a landslide.
neck and neck - very close in a race
E.g. The opponents were neck and neck in the race for office. Their votes were tied.
The opinion polls showed the two candidates are running neck to neck.
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