Oct 192012


Operation game: idioms about the human body


1. Idiom: Hands are tied


You say that your hands are tied if you are prevented from doing something because you don’t have the power or authority to do it:


I would like to help you to get planning permission to build a windmill, but my hands are tied.



2. Idiom: Gut feeling.


Your gut feeling concerns the impression that your subconscious has about a person or situation. You don’t know why you feel the way you do, but you feel confident that your opinion is correct.


I have a terrible gut feeling about that Goblin. He just doesn’t seem like boyfriend material.


3. Idiom: Head start


You have a head start if you start a task or event ahead of all others. If you have a head start, you are considered to have an advantage.


I have already prepared my pastry, so I will have a head start in tomorrow’s cookery class.


4. Idiom: Pain in the neck


You say someone is a pain in the neck if they irritate you or make life difficult for you. A situation can also be a pain in the neck if it makes your life difficult.


The fact I have to pick John up from the airport this evening is a real pain in the neck.


5. Idiom: A sight for sore eyes


Something or someone is a sight for sore eyes if it makes you happy to see them.


I have missed you so much; you really are a sight for sore eyes.


6. Idiom: A weight off your shoulders


You can say a weight is off your shoulders if you no longer have to worry about something or deal with something difficult.


Thank goodness that exam is over; it really is a weight off my shoulders


7. Idiom: Achilles’ heel


An Achilles’ heel is a weakness or flaw that could result in failure.


The Snafflepus’ love of chocolate was his Achilles’ heel; he had no real chance of ever winning the world diet championships.


8. Idiom: Find your feet


To find your feet means to adjust to a new place or situation.


I really like my new job but it is going to take me a while to find my feet.


9. Idiom: Weak at the knees


If you go weak at the knees, you feel an emotion so strongly that it makes you feel unstable on your feet.


I went weak at the knees when Steven walked into the room.


10: Idiom: joined at the hip.


Two people are joined at the hip if they are almost inseparable. The phrase is usually used to describe courting couples or close friends.


Suzie and James are joined at hip. I don’t know what they will do when he has to go away to university.


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