Idiomatic expressions are sentences or phrases whose meanings cannot be easily worked out from the words they contain. As an ESL learner, avail yourself the opportunity to learn some idiomatic expressions ivery day. Here are some common ones:
In the clear: safe, secure; out of debt.
e.g. He was suspected of driving under the influence, but now he is in the clear.
e.g. After paying back his gambling debts, he is now in the clear.
Get cracking (informal): start doing something; it is similar to get going.
e.g. Let's get cracking, we still have much to finish before the day is over.
e.g. We'd better get going if we don't want to miss the flight.
For good: for ever.
e.g. After their quarrel, she left him for good.
e.g. In the accident, our new car was totaled (destroyed) for good.
In the raw: without material comforts; very poor.
e.g. If you had been a refugee, you would know what it would be like living in the raw.
In the same boat: in the same bad situation.
e.g. We are in the same boat now that I, too, have lost my job.
Gt something into one's head: get an idea stuck into one's head; become obsessed or stubborn with an idea.
e.g. Don't get it into your head that she will never help you financially; after all, she is your mother.
Strange to say: surprisingly.
e.g. The car plunged into the waterfall; strange to say, the drive survived without any injury.
e.g. Do you want my car? I'l sell it to you for a song.
Red-letter day: a very important day.
e.g. Tomorrow is a red-letter day: my son is getting married.
Also, learn some American idioms: Everyday American Idioms for ESL Learners.
Look here: emphasizing a point.
e.g. "Look here, I can't help you right now; I'm cooking our dinner."
e.g. "Look here, it was impolite to talk to your parents like that."
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