Episode 167

14 American idioms you should know



Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and in case you need the transcription of this English Bite, go to www.englishbites.com.br and look for the episode number 167.


This is not our first list of American Idioms and won’t be last LOL.

Last weekend I bought a dictionary of American Idioms… with simply 8,000 idiomatic words, phrases and informal English expressions. I love going to the library and browse for different books where I can improve my English and this one is amazing but don’t sweat it, I’ll still bring one episode with my favorite books and also the latest ones I’ve bought so you can take a look as well and see if you also want to invest and buy them.


Today’s idioms I got from some episodes while I was watching Suits in the last days. Even when I’m resting or having fun, I try to figure out a way to generate content especially to my English Bites. I just can’t disconnect completely LOL. So, let’s get our list started:


To puke:

To vomit. To throw up. 

It’s more like a slang actually. “They got drunk and puked out the window”


Hands down:

Easily; by far. ex. “She is hands down the most beautiful girl in the room.” 


What makes someone tick:

What motivates someone. ex. “He’s such a mysterious guy. I don’t quite know what makes him tick.” 


Not likely:

This one is super common in English. It means that something might not happen. ex. “- You think your dad will go to the gym today? -Hum, not likely”


To know something inside-out:

To know something completely and thoroughly. ex. “Let me show you around. I know this place inside-out.” 


Quite a few:

Many. Yeah many. Simple like that. ex. “There were quite a few people at the dance class yesterday.” 


To burst into tears:

It means to start crying suddenly. ex. “She burst into tears when they told her about her mother.” 


To be up to no good:

To be planning something bad, mischievous, etc. ex. “I could tell from the look in his eyes that he was up to no good.”


On the go:

Busy. Moving around busily. ex. “My brother is always on the go. He can never find time to talk to me.” 


To put up a good fight:

To try very hard. ex. “Well, although my team lost, they put up a good fight, so I’m not upset.” 


How on earth…? How in the world…?

When asking a question, “How on earth…” and “How in the world…” emphasize the fact that something incredible or very hard to believe happened. ex. “How on earth did you get that job? (it was very hard to get)”; “How on earth did you fix that car!? (it was impossible to fix)”. 


To sit tight:

To wait patiently. ex. “Sit tight, my girlfriend will be here soon.” 


Neither here nor there:

Not relevant. ex. “All of a sudden he started talking about his car, a topic which was neither here nor there.” 


Vicious circle:

Sequence of cause and effect with bad results. ex. “He had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.” 


So, that’s it for today guys. I really hope you have enjoyed today’s episode. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and for listening to this English bite. Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you on the next one. Bye


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