Posts Tagged ‘expression’
To 'win by a nose' means to win by a very small amount.
Example: I ran the fastest race I could, but I only won by a nose.
Sally won the race, but she only won by a nose
Did you know...? This idiom comes from horseracing, where from about 1900 on it referred to a finish so close that only the tip of the horse's nose reached the finish ahead of the second horse.
There is a similar idiom with the same meaning - to 'win by a whisker'.
It's 'raining cats and dogs' means it is raining very heavily.
Example: You should take an umbrella with you, it is raining cats and dogs out there!
The weather was horrible yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day.
Did you know...? This phrase originated in 17th century England. Very heavy rain would occasionally wash dead animals through the street. The animals didn't fall from the sky of course, but the sight of dead cats and dogs being washed down the street with the rain caused people to joke that it must have been raining cats and dogs.
This is an English conversation lesson about festivals, carnivals, weddings and other celebrations. You can learn vocabulary and expressions associated with festivals and other celebrations as well as discover the most common questions people may ask you about this subject.
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about the weather. There are so many terms in the English language to describe the weather, some with only very small differences in meaning. This lessons outlines some of those words, as well as some common idioms we use when talking about the weather. There are also some conversation questions about this subject. read more
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about 'The Arts'. It includes an explanation about when to use the definite article when talking about art forms, some art vocabulary, idioms we might use when discussing the arts and some conversation questions we might use when discussing this subject. read more
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about pets and animals. There are some idioms that we use when talking about animals, some common questions people ask eachother about this subject, as well as an audio discussion with questions. read more
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about sports. Learn common slang and idioms that we use when discussing sports, find out how to use verbs and collocations in the context of sports and learn how to answer conversation questions relating to this topic. read more