LEARN SOME COLLOQUIAL EXPRESSIONS
What gives?: what's wrong? what's the problem?
e.g. "You were screaming at each other. What gives?"
Not for love nor money: absolutely not; no way.
e.g. "Can you tell her the bad news?" "Not for love nor money."
In a nutshell: in summary
e.g. "We're having serious financial and relationship problems." "In a nutshell, you want to divorce your wife?"
What's your point?: be brief.
e.g. "I don't know what you're rambling about (talking without a definite purpose). What's your point?"
What would you say if: asking for an opinion; what about?
e.g. "I heard you were recently offered a job." "What would you say if I decline the offer?"
It could have been worse: accept an apology.
e.g. "I'm sorry I broke your glass." "It could have been worse."
Keep one's shirt on: calm down; don't get too excited.
e.g. "Cool off! Keep your shirt on. This is not the end of the world."
Worst-case scenario: worst consequence
e.g. A blizzard is coming. The worst-case scenario is that all public transport will be suspended.
Yesterday wouldn't be too soon: as soon as possible.
e.g. "When do you want me to give this to you?" "Yesterday wouldn't be too soon!"
You ain't seen nothing yet: the best is yet to come.
e.g. "The soup was excellent." "You ain't seen nothing yet!"
You could have fooled me: I would have thought otherwise.
e.g. "We're not getting along well; we've too many differences." "You could have fooled me! I thought the two of you are cut out for each other."
As I see it: I think.
e.g. As I see it, the cold weather is going to stay for some time.
I am like you: we share the same opinion.
e.g. "I don't like cheese in my food." "I am like you: cheese makes me feel sick."
I spoke too soon: spoke without getting all the facts.
e.g. "You were wrong about that." "I'm sorry. Maybe I spoke too soon."
You don't know the half of it: it is worse than what you think.
e.g. "The company is having some financial problems." "You don't know the half of it. I tell you what; it might even go bankrupt."
Get right on it: do it immediately.
e.g. "Can you help me with this software?" "I'll get right on it."
You said a mouthful: you said what needs to be said.
e.g. "The movie was disappointing: the story was uninteresting; the acting was bad; and it was too long." "Yes, you said a mouthful!"
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