Commonly Used Idioms: Body Parts!? 2

11.04.2016 |

Just like we have two eyes, two hands, two feet, and two lungs, we also have two parts to the Body Parts idioms. Here’s part two:

A sweet tooth: a love of sugar or sweets. If you enjoy eating sweet things, you have a sweet tooth.

Example: I see Lucy eating chocolate every day. She must have a sweet tooth.

To cost an arm and a leg: to be very expensive. You can think of it this way: the loss of any body part would be a high price to pay for something, therefore you use it to mean a lot of money.

Example: Max bought a bike, but it cost him an arm and a leg.

Elbow grease: hard scrubbing; working hard at manual labour. It humorously suggests that sometimes one can achieve a better result through human energy and hard work, rather than by using special products.

Example: Our grandmother never used chemical cleaning products, only elbow grease.

Itchy feet: a strong desire to travel

Example: I have lived in Lisbon for 20 years but I’m getting itchy feet; there are so many countries I want to visit!

Behind someone’s back: to do something without them knowing. This is done secretly and in a way which can be unfair.

Example: My daughter is very sad because she discovered that her best friend had spoken behind her back.


Recommended book

“NTC’s Dictionary of Everyday American English Expressions” by Richard Spears, Betty Birner, Steven Kleinedler


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