In the last blog we learned about English idioms related to body parts. There are many such sayings in the English language so I thought I might follow up and teach you some further English phrases and idioms associated with our body parts.
More Idioms Associated with Our Body Parts
A HAND IN IT
To have a hand in something usually refers to you having a part to play in something.
Michael was praised for signing up a very large new client account but he told his manager that Mary had a hand in it too and was also responsible for landing this client.
LOSE YOUR HEAD
Usually used when someone gets very angry over some issue and becomes very annoyed. John was told that he was losing his job even though he had performed very well recently.
He confronted his manager and lost his head completely and called his manager some very bad names.
TO PUT YOUR TOE IN THE WATER
When you decide to attempt something perhaps for the first time and decide to do it gradually or slowly until you are more comfortable about it.
They asked him to invest some money in a new business. He thought it sounded a good idea but did not want to risk a lot so he decided to put his toe in the water and invest a small amount initially until he understood it better.
TO STICK YOUR NOSE IN
Where there is perhaps an argument or an incident that has nothing to do with you, you still decide to get involved and offer your opinion. In such a situation you are said to “be sticking your nose in “to someone else’s business.
TO POINT THE FINGER AT
If you know or believe you know who is responsible for or guilty of a crime you point the finger at that person.
He was the last one to see her alive. The finger of blame was pointed at him immediately.
Body Parts English Idioms - Infographic
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TURN A DEAF EAR
refuse to listen to someone
When I applied for this position, they turned a deaf ear on me. No updates, no phone calls, nothing for days.
EAT THE HEAD OFF SOMEONE
to speak angrily or rudely to someone or to be very abrupt with someone. You can also use TO BITE ONE’S HEAD OFF with the same meaning.
My boss nearly ate the head off me on Monday morning as I forgot to run an important report.
TO PUT ONE’S FOOT IN ONE’S MOUTH
to embarrass oneself by ssaying something foolish, inappropriate or even offensive
Paul often puts his foot in his mouth by speaking before thinking
FOOT THE BILL
having to pay the bill when somebody does something but doesn’t have the money to pay for it
Last year Sarah broke her arm and her insurance refused to cover the costs so had to foot the bill herself.
TO HAVE YOUR HEART IN YOUR MOUTH
to very nervous or frightened
Sarah’s husband drives like a maniac. I had my heart in my mouth all the way to Dublin.
TO GIVE SOMEONE A PIECE OF YOUR MIND
to scold someone severely; to tell someone angrily what you think of them
When she found out that he hadn’t done what he had promised to do, she really gave him a piece of her mind.
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN
to behave in much more freely way than usual, to enjoy oneself, to have a good time
It’s Friday! Let’s let our hair down and have some fun.
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