This colorful expression just means that people with similar characteristics tend to spend more time together. Football lovers like spending time with other football lovers, artists with artists, dog or cat lovers with other dog or cat lovers–people with shared interests or tastes tend to congregate. Dios los cría y el viento les amontona.
This grammatically odd expression is more of a fossilized phrase, but it is still frequently used. It’s used when you want to make sure your listener learns a fact. I’ll have you know, I graduated from college a year early! I’ll have you know that it was Sally who broke up with Jeff, not the […]
We use the expressions, either in negative or positive, to discuss good or bad luck caused by being somewhere at the precise moment something happens. It can be bad: She just happened to be standing right under the window when the glass broke. A meter away, or five minutes earlier, and no problem. But […]
I can’t tell you where this expression comes from, but it refers to someone being happy, refreshed, and ready to take on the world after a good night’s sleep. e.g. The baby finally slept through the night, and I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This expression, however, is often used ironically, particularly to refer to […]
Much like the idiom “get to the point”, this expression uses “point” to mean “the basic idea of a conversation, what you’re trying to show or persuade”. So, when our listener doesn’t understand, or instead focuses on something the speaker considers less important, we say that the listener missed the point, and then we try […]
So, I imagine this expression sounds a little weird; after all, how much skin do you have on your teeth? Well, English speakers do—that’s how we pronounce that “R”. Just kidding! So, what does this expression mean? Actually, this expression refers to the fact that there is no skin on the teeth, so if you […]
Both of these expressions are used when someone has done far, far more than was required of them. Have a look at the following examples: – Sergeant McCrosky received a medal for Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty for saving that drowning girl last week. – Melanie in customer service really […]
– Imagine you have to give a presentation on a topic you’re fairly familiar with, but still haven’t prepared for. If you have to go in right now, without your notes or PowerPoint slides, and give it, we would say that you have to wing it. This means to just jump in and do what needs to be done even if you haven’t prepared for it.