Learn Some American Idioms
More than meets the eye: there is a hidden meaning
e.g. What the Mayor mentioned in the speech implied more than meets the eye.
In fine feather: in good condition; in good health
e.g. With a good night sleep, I am in fine feather today.
After all: in spite of everything
e.g. She didn’t get a good score; after all, it was her first attempt
Name of the game: the main goal
e.g. The name of the game is winning; we must win this election no matter what.
Face the music: confront danger; accept a bad situation
e.g. There are many circumstances in life in which you have to face the music.
Late in life: in old age
e.g. It was only late in life that he became a famous writer.
Act one’s age: behave maturely
e.g. Stop behaving like a teenager! Act your age.
All of it: the best
e.g. From the way he presented him at the debate, he was all of it.
e.g. If you are always in the company of lawbreakers, you may be easily be led astray.
Abide by: accept and follow
e.g. If you wish to become a citizen of the
you must abide by
immigration laws. U.S.
Pass the hat: collect money for
e.g. He is always passing the hat for something.
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