wtorek, 29 października 2013

Halloween - part 3 - idioms

Dziś garść idiomów związanych z Halloween oraz linki, gdzie znajdziecie jeszcze więcej idiomów!

* witch-hunt - to go on a witch-hunt is to try and find and punish or harrass people with unpopular opinions, usually because they are said to be dangerous to others.

This expression has its origins in the witch-hunts of the Middle Ages when thousands of young women in Europe were killed because they were thought to be witches.
He was the victim of a witch-hunt at work, and was fired because of his new and innovative ideas.

* skeleton in the cupboard – a skeleton in the cupboard is something that might bring shame or embarrassment to a family or person if other people know about it.
Mrs Mills has a skeleton in the cupboard: she was caught stealing money from her employer in 2002.

smell a rat – to smell a rat is to be suspicious about something, to suspect that it is not as it appears.
Her new boyfriend said he is a doctor, but I smell a rat: I think he's lying
smell a rat

* mad as a hatter – if someone is as mad as a hatter, they are completely insane.

It is thought this expression might have its origins in the fact that mercury was used in hat making: this caused nerve damage in the hat makers, making them appear insane.

Be careful when you talk to him, he's as mad as a hatter.
mad as a hatter
* keep body and soul together - to be able to pay for your food, clothing, and somewhere to live
His wages are barely enough to keep body and soul together.

* be the life and soul of the party  (British, American & Australian) also be the life of the party (American & Australian)
to be the type of person who enjoys social occasions and makes them more enjoyable for other people
He's a very sweet man but he's not exactly the life and soul of the party. Give him a few drinks and he's the life of the party!

* pain in the neck -  someone or something that is very annoying.
That child is a real pain in the neck.
pain in the neck
More links:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Idioms-368088 (można się darmowo zalogować i ściągnąć ten plik)

Quiz z wyrażaniami o truposzach itd.: http://a4esl.org/q/j/dt/mc-halloween2.html

1 komentarz:

  1. Super! Może coś pożyczę na swojego bloga, gdy będę robić wpis o Halloween :)