In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with leg.
1. I’m pulling your leg
2. It cost an arm and a leg
3. You haven’t got a leg to stand on
Hello, I’m a very interesting and intelligent man.
And today these legs and I will be coming together to teach you some English idioms.
I bet you’ve never been taught by some legs before!
Do you like my legs?
Do you know I’m the current “Lovely Legs of Britain” champion?
Not really. I’m only pulling your leg!
In English, if you try to make someone believe something that isn’t true, as a joke, we say I’m pulling your leg.
I’m pulling your leg.
What’s that you say? You’re going to give up learning English because this class is too silly?
Oh, ah no – you’re only pulling my leg.
Ah, my car.
I had to take it to the garage the other day and it was so expensive.
In fact, it cost an arm and a leg.
In English, if something is extremely expensive, we can say it cost an arm and a leg.
It cost an arm and a leg.
He’s threatening to fire me …again…because he says I stole one of his ties.
But he didn’t see me take it, so he hasn’t got a leg to stand on.
In English, if you’re in a situation where you can’t prove something, we say, “you haven’t got a leg to stand on”.
You haven’t got a leg to stand on.
Oh, it’s my boss…
More BBC Idioms
- BBC Animal idioms – Insect
- BBC Body Idioms – Head
- BBC Colour idioms – Green
- BBC Animal idioms – Pig
- BBC Food idioms – Egg
- BBC Transport idioms – Wagon
- BBC Body idioms – Arm
- BBC Idioms – New Year: idioms of deceit
- BBC Body idioms – Leg
- BBC Transport idioms – Miles
More from the BBC
- L1: BBC The English We Speak with transcript videos
- L1: BBC The Flatmates
- L2: BBC 6 minute English with transcript videos
- L1: BBC English Idioms
- L1: BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary with transcript videos
- L1: BBC Drama – The Race with transcript videos
- L3: BBC Better Speaking
- L1: BBC Short and Easy Dramas with transcript videos
- L3: BBC Words in the News with transcript videos
- L1: BBC Face Up to Phrasals with transcript videos
- L2: Study English – IELTS Preparation
- L1: The History of English
- L1: extr@ English with subtitles
- L2: VOA American Stories
- L2: My Australia
- L2: Daily Dose of English
- L2: The Secret Garden AudioBook
- L2: Idiom 100 – commonly used idioms
- L2: A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh AudioBook
- L1: TwoMinute English
Source: BBC Learning EnglishMore Series for You: