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Collected from various sources by U Kyaw Tun (UKT), M.S. (I.P.S.T., U.S.A.), and staff of TIL (Tun Institute of Learning) for staff and students of TIL Computing and Language Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Not for sale http://www.tuninst.net  http://www.softguide.net.mm http://www.romabama.blogspot.com

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UKT: Remember some idioms can be quite vulgar in certain situations.
Also take care when you download some teaching websites which will send you cookies which would continue to pester you even when the original website is no longer on the Internet.

Introduction -- intro.htm
  Befogging Idioms , by Dimitrios Thanasoulas, B.A., English Club TEFL Articles,
  Dimitrios Thanasoulas 1999  http://www.englishclub.com/tefl-articles/idioms.htm 121127
Canadian Press Style (overview) -- cp.htm 
  To write simple and precise English -- and of course, using idioms,
   you can use the Canadian Press Style. You will need to go through
   the whole book, but at present, all I can give you is an overview.
   See online -- http://www.ualberta.ca/~gifford/handouts/cp.pdf 121128

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N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

References
UKT Notes
 

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Entries A -- idiomA.htm

above all above board above the law absence makes the heart grow fonder according to Hoyle ace ace in the hole Achilles heel acid test across the board act out all right (3) and then some antsy as a rule as easy as pie at the eleventh hour act up actions speak louder than words ad lib add fuel to the fire add insult to injury afraid so after all against all odds against the grain age before beauty age of majority ahead of the curve ahead of the game ain't ain't half-bad air rage air was blue airhead airy-fairy a.k.a. (aka) all around Robin Hood's barn all decked out all ears all eyes all fired up all get-out all goes well all hat and no cattle all hell broke loose all his marbles all in all in a day's work all in all all it's cracked up to be all joking aside all-out all over but the shouting all over hell's half acre all set all she wrote all shook up all show all spruced up all talk and no action all teed up all that jazz all the bells and whistles all the livelong day all the marbles all the tea in China all the way to Egery and back all the world's a stage all things being equal all things to all people all thumbs all walks of life all washed up all wet all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy all your eggs in one basket all's fair in love and war all's well that ends well along for the ride along those lines American as apple pie
   an ace up your sleeve an airhead an apple a day keeps the doctor away an attitude an axe to grind an earful an easy mark an even keel an eye for an eye (a tooth for a tooth) an offer I couldn't refuse an old hand at an old warhorse an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure anal retentive anchor you and how and stuff and that's that and then some angels fear to tread another nail in your coffin ante up any old thing any way you slice it any word anything goes apple a day apple of this eye apple-pie order armed to the teeth around Robin Hood's barn around the bend around the clock as a matter to fact as all get-out as American as apple pie as busy as a beaver as clean as a whistle as drunk as a skunk as dumb as a sack of hammers as far as I know as full as a tick as if as luck would have it as new as plain as day as plain as the nose on your face as poor as a church mouse as right as rain as scarce as hen's teeth as sick as a dog as sick as a parrot as slow as a dead snail as slow as molasses in January as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar as sure as shit as the crow flies as useless as a fifth wheel as useless as tits on a boar ask for it ask for the moon asking price asleep at the switch ass ass [B] ass into gear ass on the line ass over teakettle at a glance at a good clip at a loss for words at a moment's notice at all at bay at death's door at ease at face value at fault at first glance at first light at heart at it again at least at liberty at loggerheads at loose ends at my wit's end at odds at one fell swoop at once at one time at peace at rest at sixes and sevens at stake at the crack of dawn at the drop of a hat at the end of my rope/ at the end of my tether at the hands of at the ripe old age at the top of her game at the top of his voice at the wheel at this point in time at will at your beck and call at your fingertips attaboy attagirl away out away out of line away to the races awesome axe to grind

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Entries B -- idiomB.htm

babe babe in arms babe in the woods baby blues baby boomer back at it back at ya back down back off back on your feet back out back teeth are floating back to square one back to the drawing board back to the grind back up back you back yourself into a corner backpack (business) backroom boys backside back up bad apple bad blood bad breath bad date bad news bad taste in my mouth badmouth bafflegab bag and baggage bag lady bag of tricks bag some rays bagel bah bail me out bail out balance of power balderdash ball her [B] ball-park figure ball's in your court ballistic baloney bam bananas bandwidth bang [B] bang for your buck bang on bank on bankroll baptism by fire bar fly bar hop bar none bar star bare bones bare-faced lie bare your soul barf bark is worse than his bite bark up the wrong tree barnburner bash basket case basta la musica bat a thousand bat an eye bat five hundred bat her eyes bated breath battleaxe batty bawl me out be-all, end-all be my guest be my undoing be off be there be there for me be there or be square be yourself bean pole bear down bear the brunt beat a dead horse beat a hasty retreat beat around the bush beat it beat the pants off beat the rap beat up beat up on beat your head against a stone wall beat your time beater beauty is in the eye of the beholder beauty is only skin deep beck and call become of becomes you bed down beef it up beehive of activity beeline been around been had before you can say Jack Robinson beg off beg to differ beg your pardon beggars can't be choosers begs the question behind bars behind the curve behind the eight ball behind the scenes behind your back being there believe my ears believe my eyes bells and whistles belly up belly up to the bar bellyache below the poverty line belt you bend over backwards bend the rules bend your ear bend your elbow benefit of the doubt beside myself beside the point best interests at heart best laid plans best of both worlds bet on bet on a lame rooster bet you dollars to donuts better half better late than never better off better than a kick in the ass [B] better than sex better the devil you know better to have loved between a rock and a hard place between sixes and sevens between the devil and the deep blue sea betwixt and between bevy of beauties beyond help beyond me beyond repair beyond the call of duty beyond the pale biff/biffy Big Apple big boys big break big bucks big cheese big deal big hairy deal big picture big rig big shot big-sky thinking big time big wheel big wigs Bigfoot bigger fish to fry bigger than life bigger they are bigmouth bilk bimbo binner birdbrain birder birds of a feather flock together birthday suit bit by bit bit off bitch bitch [B] bite me bite off more than you can chew bite the bullet bite the dust bite the hand that feeds you bite your tongue biter (curling) bits and pieces bitten by the same bug bitter end bitter pill blab blabbermouth black eye Black Friday black-listed black mark black out black sheep blackout blank blast blast you blasted bleeding heart blessing in disguise blind date blind leading the blind blood from a stone blood is thicker than water blood is up blood money bloody well blotto blow a bundle blow a kiss blow chunks blow it blow it out of proportion blow it out your ear blow it up (photo) blow job [B] blow me [B] blow me down blow me over blow my cover blow sky high blow snakes (music) blow the lid off blow the whistle blow them away blow this joint blow this Popsicle stand blow to kingdom come blow up blow you away blow you out of the water blow your lid/stack/top blow your mind blow your stones [B] blow your wad blue blue-collar worker blue in the face blue moon blue sky blurt out boarding Bob's your uncle bodacious body language boggle your mind bogof boiling mad bolt from the blue bomb around bomb out bone dry bone of contention bone to pick bone up on bonkers bonzer booboo boobs [B] boogie book worm booked/booked up boom box boom or bust boot it boot up bootleg booze boozing buddies

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Entries C -- idiomC.htm

c'est la vie Cabbagetown cabin fever cackleberries call a spade a spade call attention to call for call his bluff call into account call it a day call it quits call it square call off call off the dogs call on call tabs call the shots call up calm before the storm calm down

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Entries D -- idiomD.htm

dad-blamed damaged goods damn it [B] damn the luck [B] damn you [B] damned if you do and damned if you don't dampen your spirits dance with the one who brought you dapper Dan daredevil dark horse dark side darken a church door dam dam it dam my luck dam right dam tooting dasein dash off a note/letter

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Entries E -- idiomE.htm

each to his own eager beaver eagle eyes ear candy ear to the ground earful early bird ears are burning ears lowered ears pinned back ease up easy as pie easy come, easy go easy pickings easy street easy time out eat crow eat high off the hog eat humble pie

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Entries F -- idiomF.htm

F-word face facts face the music face up fag/faggot faint of heart fair game fair-haired boy fair shake fair to middling fair-weather friend fake it folderol fall apart (at the seams) fall asleep fall behind fall between the cracks fall between two stools fall flat on my face fall for

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Entries G -- idiomG.htm

gab gadzooks game for anything game one game over Gang of Four gang up on garage kept gas gash gathering dust gear up gee gee willickers gee whiz geek geez geezer geezer gap Generation X

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Entries H -- idiomH.htm

hack/hacker had a bellyful had a couple had a few had better had enough had his bell rung had it had it up to here had the bird hail a cab hail-fellow-well-met hair off the dog that bit you hair stand on end hairbrain hairdo hale and hearty half-assed [B]

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Entries I -- idiomI.htm

I smell where you're stepping I'll be a monkey's uncle I'm afraid so icing on the cake idiot lights if a mussel doesn't open don't eat it if looks could kill if my memory serves me correctly if only if that doesn't beat all if the shoe fits, wear it  if you can't cut it, you can't stay if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen if you're born to hand, you won't drown if you're not with us you're against us ignorance is bliss in a bad way in a big way in a bit

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Entries J -- idiomJ.htm

jack me around jack of all trades jam jam session jam tart jam/jam out jazz up je ne sais quoi jeepers jerk jerk me around jerk off [B] jewels jig is up jim dandy jimminy crickets jive ass [B] jock joe-job Joe Who jog your memory john

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Entries K -- idiomK.htm

kaput keep a lid on it keep a low profile keep a promise keep a secret keep a stiff upper lip keep a straight face keep an even keel keep an eye on keep an eye open keep an eye out keep an open mind keep fit keep in good shape keep in line keep in the loop keep in touch keep it down keep it quiet keep it to yourself

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Entries L -- idiomL.htm

lady-killer laid back laid bare laid off laid up lame duck lamebrain land on your feet land up landlubber lap of luxury lap up lard butt/lard ass [B] larger than life lark last but not least last call last-ditch last hurrah last legs

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Entries M -- idiomM.htm

mad about mad about mad as a hatter mad hatter made for each other mainstream major (credit) make a beeline make a big deal of it make a big to-do make a booboo make a bundle make a clean breast of it make a clean sweep make a comeback make a difference make a face make a false move make a federal case of it

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Entries N -- idiomN.htm

nada nag nail-biter nail down nail him nail in your coffin nail it down naked as a jay bird naked eye name-dropper name is cleared name is mud nary a word natural high nature calls navel-gazing nay neat necessity is the mother of invention

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Entries O -- idiomO.htm

odd one odds and ends odds-on favorite of course you can of the lot of two minds off off-beat off color off key off kilter off my back off the bat off the beaten track off the cuff off the deep end off the hook off the kitchen etc. off the mark off the record

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Entries P -- idiomP.htm

P's and Q's pack a punch pack a rod pack it in pack uzis pad pad an expense account paddle your own canoe pain in the ass pain in the butt paint a picture paint the town red paint with the same brush pair off/pair up pale by comparison paltry sum pan out parachute pardon me part and parcel

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Entries Q -- idiomQ.htm

quake in his boots question of quick and dirty quick like a bunny quick on the draw quick study quicker than you can say Jack Robinson quickie quit this place quit while you're ahead

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Entries R -- idiomR.htm

rabbit rabbit died rabbit food rabble-rouser rack my brain rack up rad rags rags to riches ragtop railroad rain check rain on their parade raining cats and dogs raise a stink raise an eyebrow raise Cain raise hell [B] raise money raise the bar

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Entries S -- idiomS.htm

sabre rattling sack of hammers sack out sacred cow sacred moose sad sack saddle up saddled with salt away salt of the earth salty same here same to you Saskatchewan pheasant Sasquatch sassy save a bundle save face save for a rainy day save your bacon

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Entries T -- idiomT.htm

tail between his legs tail lights tail wagging the dog tailgate take a back seat take a boo take a bow take a break take a bullet take a chance take a dive take a drive/trip take a dump [B] take a flight take a gander take a guess take a hike take a joke take a leak [B]

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Entries U -- idiomU.htm

U-turn uh-huh uh-uh under a spell under arrest under control under fire under his own steam under my belt under my breath under my care under my nose under my skin under my wing under oath under pressure under the influence of alcohol under the table under the weather under the wire

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Entries V -- idiomV.htm

vale of tears (valley of tears) vamoose variety is the spice of life vegetate (veg out) VIP virgin territory virtual reality visit a spell vote of thanks

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Entries W -- idiomW.htm

wack wacko wacky wait a minute wait a sec wait around wait for the other shoe to drop wait on customers wait on tables wait on you hand and foot wait up wait up for wait with bated breath wake up wake up and smell the coffee wake-up call wake up on the wrong side of bed wake with a start walk

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Entries X -- idiomX.htm

X Generation x marks the spot x-rated XL

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Entries Y -- idiomY.htm

ya yada yak yawner yellow yellow belly yeow yep yeppers yikes yin yang yo yokel yonder over there you and the horse you rode in on you bet your boots you betcha you can bet your bottom dollar you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink you can run but you can't hide

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Entries Z -- idiomZ.htm

zap zig when you should zag zilch zinger zip zip/zippo zipperhead zit zonked zoo zoom zoom in

 

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References

Comenius. THE COMENIUS GROUP www.comenius.com

ESL Cafe. by Dennis Oliver in Dave Sperling's Dave's ESL Cafe, Copyright 1995-2002 Dave's ESL Cafewww.eslcafe.com

Magnuson. English Idioms, Sayings and Slangs by Wayne Magnuson   Copyright 1995-2002 Wayne Magnuson,
http://home.t-online.de/home/toni-goeller/idiom_wm/ (2002)
http://www.englishidioms.uni.cc/ (080727)

 

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UKT notes

 

 

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