Sayings in English (TOEFL)


Ikke alle vet at jeg har en onkel Joel som migrerte til USA på 1800-tallet. I forbindelse med den siste vinterdagen, som feires kraftig blant troll, fikk jeg et brev fra onkelen min. I konvolutten var det en liste med ordtak på engelsk som en presang. Denne listen hjalp meg mye i løpet av forberedelsen min til den amerikanske testen (TOEFL). Hvem vet om jeg dukker opp i overskuelig framtid somewhere in NYC 🙂

Denne listen med ordtak skal klistres her. Enjoy!

Hilsen Brutus

  1. You can say that again
  2. Bring an a-game
  3. First things first
  4. Better safe than sorry
  5. Behind mountains, more mountains
  6. You can lead the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink
  7. Trying is being
  8. Different strokes for different folks
  9. Do not put all your eggs in one basket
  10. The old as the hills
  11. When you hear hoofbeats think of horses, not zebras
  12. The horse is out of the barn
  13. Let the genie out of the bottle
  14. Beat the dead horse, (flogging a dead horse)
  15. Be a fly on the wall
  16. Set a bar hight
  17. You can’t have your cake and eat it too
  18. Same sort of ball park
  19. Be in between a rock and a hard place
  20. A whole new ball game
  21. Where there is a wish, there is a way
  22. Put the cart before the horse
  23. Keep an eye on smth
  24. At the end of the day (what is really matter)
  25. Be a night owl
  26. Put smb into the pigeonhole
  27. Going Dutch
  28. Burry the hatchet
  29. Like a moth to the flame
  30. Cost an arm and a leg
  31. Have a lightning in the bottle
  32. A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes
  33. A two way street
  34. Regularity is a king
  35. Butterfingers
  36. Curiosity killed the cat
  37. Be Jack of all trades
  38. Keep smb in the loop
  39. Blow smth out proportion
  40. Close a stable door after the horse has bolted
  41. Drop the ball
  42. Set in stone
  43. Just to set the record straight
  44. Have a soft spot for smth
  45. Put on a brave face
  46. It is raining witches
  47. Like a duck takes to water
  48. Be on the same page
  49. Not my cup of tea
  50. The tip of an iceberg
  51. Like looking for a needle in a haystack
  52. With a naked eye
  53. Be the change that you want to see
  54. It is nothing to write home about
  55. Do not make a mountain out of a molehill
  56. I cannot make heads or tails of this
  57. Take a back seat
  58. Blue memories
  59. Elbow room
  60. Be a third wheel
  61. An elephant never forgets
  62. Put a kibosh on smth
  63. Be in someones chair
  64. If you mess something up, it makes you stronger
  65. Have hands-on approach
  66. It is not across the board
  67. It takes two to tango
  68. Give it the old college try
  69. Be down to Earth
  70. Open a big can of warms
  71. Living the life of Riley
  72. Move heaven and earth
  73. Time to hit the hay
  74. I am middle of the road
  75. Burying the head in the sand
  76. Turn a blind eye to smth
  77. Every cloud has a silver lining
  78. Stick in the mud
  79. Burn bridges
  80. Go back to the drawing board
  81. It might get really bad, before it gets better
  82. From the get-go
  83. An eye opener
  84. to keep on one’s toes
  85. You can’t learn to run before you learn to walk
  86. Straddle the fence
  87. to be a glass-half-full person
  88. to see the world from someones seat
  89. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled the most
  90. Life is a team work
  91. Have egg on your face
  92. Add fuel to the fire
  93. Barking up the wrong tree
  94. Give smb a cold shoulder
  95. Hit the books
  96. Let sleeping dogs lie
  97. Miss the boat
  98. Pigs might fly
  99. Like a fart in the wind
  100. Whatever floats your boat
  101. You cannot fight city hall
  102. Cute as a button
  103. On the same umbrella
  104. Apples and oranges
  105. A silver bullet
  106. Bite the bullet
  107. Pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps
  108. Comparing apples to apples
  109. In your backyard
  110. Being a wallflower
  111. Dog-eat-dog world
  112. Tongue in cheek
  113. Clear as mud
  114. It is just a bump in the road
  115. Build on the shifting stands
  116. A sob story
  117. A zero-sum game
  118. Play coy
  119. Break the glass ceiling
  120. Throw (someone) under the bus
  121. Let hair down
  122. A kitchen sink approach
  123. Go bananas
  124. Wheelhouse
  125. Stuck on the hamster wheel
  126. Have someone is in your corner
  127. Any port in a storm
  128. In the grand scheme of things
  129. For x, w, z reasons
  130. Coin a phrase
  131. Pick up the tab
  132. No rhyme or reason for smth
  133. A little goes a long way
  134. Get your feet under the table
  135. A blessing in disguise
  136. Be out of the woods
  137. Burn the midnight oil
  138. Know the drill
  139. A ballpark figure
  140. A chin music
  141. In a New-York minute
  142. To the best of my knowledge
  143. Go on your merry way
  144. It is not over till the fat lady sings
  145. It is all Greek to me
  146. It won’t fly
  147. Around the clock
  148. Day in, day out
  149. That ship has sailed
  150. It will be a cold day in July
  151. Rings a bell
  152. What goes around, comes around
  153. There is no such things as a free lunch
  154. Screaming into void
  155. Light at the end of the tunnel
  156. Shoot the breeze
  157. As American, as apple pie
  158. Behind the times
  159. Be all and End all
  160. Catch 22
  161. Spike the football
  162. Beyond a shadow of doubt
  163. That is all well and good
  164. A world of difference (between)
  165. Yawning gap/gulf/chasm (between something)
  166. Sugar-coat
  167. Eat nails for breakfast
  168. A stepping stone
  169. A wiggle room
  170. Be off the wall
  171. Get down off the high horse
  172. Hobby horse
  173. be off around the edges
  174. Necessity is the mother of all invention
  175. Meet each other half way
  176. Upset the applecart
  177. Golden opportunity
  178. Duck and cover
  179. Buck stops here
  180. Passing the buck
  181. In the heat of the moment
  182. Challenging the status quo
  183. You catch more flies with honey
  184. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), Chapter 23.

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