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ENG101 : IDIOMS AND PROVERBS LIST
The following nature sayings contain references to land features and mostly describe negative situations. 1. to beat around the bush – to be indirect; to avoid coming to the point 2. between a rock and a hard place – a difficult situation 3. Can’t see the forest for the trees. – to look too closely at small details and not see the whole picture 4. clear as mud – unclear, confusing 5. down to earth – practical and realistic 6. to make a mountain out of a molehill – to over exaggerate the severity of a situation 7. slippery slope – a course leading to disaster or destruction
These English proverbs that include references to different forms of water describe both good and bad situations. 1. to break the ice – to make a beginning in some undertaking or enterprise; to break through cold reserve or stiffness; to begin an initial conversation with a new unknown person 2. in deep water – in big trouble 3. a drop in the ocean – a quantity bearing an infinitesimally small proportion to the whole 4. to go with the flow – to act as others are acting, conforming to common behavior patterns with an attitude of calm acceptance 5. to make waves – to cause trouble 6. on thin ice – in a dangerous, hazardous, or delicate situation; at risk; in an unsafe, difficult, or vulnerable situation 7. tip of the iceberg – when there are bigger problems that it seems 8. up the river without a paddle – in an unfortunate situation
The following English sayings contain references to the sky including light, air, the sun, the moon, the stars, wind, and the weather. 1. to beat the living daylights out of someone – to be someone severely 2. a bolt from the blue – something that happened unexpectedly 3. in broad daylight – during the day with…...