Episode 231

10 English idioms with the word END

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 231.

 

But Erika… What are idioms, again?

Idioms are a form os expression natural to a language, person or group of people. Those popular sayings like ‘it’s gonna rain cats and dogs” you know?

Let’s study some of them with the word end. Follow my lead!

 

  1. – A DEAD END

“We’ve come to a dead end. I’m gonna have to close the case”

This idiom is normally used to name a street that has no end, which means the only way out is the one you went in, but it is oftenly used in figurative situations like this of the sentence above, where you reach a point there’s nothing else to do about something

  1. – ODDS AND ENDS

“She put on some clothes, odds and ends, and make up”

For those who are not familiar with the word odd, it is the opposite of even (odd being numbers like 1, 3, 5, etc ande ver being 2, 4, 6, 8 all divisible by 2). But what does all of this have to do with the idiom? Nothing, it was just a curiosity kkk

You use this idiom when you want to group unimportant things to the subject all together, just like ‘etc’

  1. – AT THE END OF THE DAY

“I know he’s not the nicest guy in the office, but at the end of the day he is the only one who can finish this project”

This idiom is used when you want to express your lack of options, similar to ‘all things considered’, which is the moment when you considered all the options you had and came down to one possible solution.

  1. – TO MAKE ENDS MEET

“The expenses with the baby are very high, Jonah is having to work overtime to make ends meet”

When you try to make ends meet, it means you are trying to make a living/ managing to live with the salary you earn/the money you make

  1. – TO BE THE END OF THE WORLD

“Come on Sarah, Nicholas only went to a party. It’s not the end of the world!

The end of the world must be a very crazy place, hun? How do you Picture it? Honestly I can imagine buildings falling and people screaming. A total mess. And that’s what this idiom expresses.

It is normally used to express an exaggeration of the situation in question. Check the song It’s the end of the world as we know it by R.E.M. It is a very nice song kkk

  1. – TO END UP

“All of that choosing to end up alone”

This one is more of an expression rather than an idiom, but very used though. It means you have reached a place, condition or situation that was not planned, but is your reality at the moment.

  1. – THE END IS NEAR

Are you all aware of the apocalypse?

  1. – IT’S THE BEGINING OF THE END

“It was the beginning of the end for their marriage when she started drinking”

This indicates the exact point where it all starts to get gradually worse

 

  1. – UNTIL THE BITTER END

“They were prepared to fight to the bitter end for their rights”

This idiom is used to indicate that something will be done until the last minute, however unpleasant it may be

  1. – NO END IN SIGHT

“Prices continue to go up with no end in sight”

Like you could hear, this idiom is used to say that the point at which something will be finished is not known

 

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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