“To chat somebody up” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • The waiter attempted to chat her up.

  • He spent all evening chatting Mary up and buying her drinks.

  • Chris started chatting Sue up at the party. She wasn’t so flattered and she didn’t like his behaviour.

“To sit on a fence” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • No one knows which of the candidates Joan will vote for. She is sitting on the fence.

  • I am sitting on a fence here, to go or not to go?

  • Many customers are still on the fence waiting to see if a better, less expensive computer will come along.

As you can see in the last example sentence, a variation of this idiom is “to be on a/the fence“, with the same meaning.

Examples from the news:

  • Bond Market Just Sitting On The Fence – (New York Times, August 19, 1995)

  • In fact, I would think that he would get even more votes – from people who were sitting on the fence before […] (Yushchenko sitting pretty, BBC News, December 4, 2004).

  • “It is not a question of sitting on the fence,” he said. “This is an important decision and it’s important we get it right.” (Simon Wright in a corner on tuition fees, BBC News , November 3, 2010).

 

 

“As far as it goes” – English idiom

AS FAR AS IT GOES

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Example sentences from the web:

  • The newspaper in our town is good as far as it goes
    This means that the newspaper has correct information, but there is usually information that has been left out.
  • The new business plan is good, as far as it goes.
    Meaning, the plan is not extensive enough to cover the subject thoroughly.
  • This map is good as far as it goes
    The map is correct, but it does not have very much detail.

“To be in good hands” – English idiom

To be in good hands

Example sentences from the web:

  • I know the children are in good hands when they visit my mother.
  • Your husband will soon be well again, he’s in good hands in this hospital.
  • I’ll look after Jamie while you go shopping. Don’t worry – he’ll be in good hands.

*A variation of this idiom is: TO BE IN SAFE HANDS.

To jump out of one’s skin – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • I was daydreaming so I nearly jumped out of my skin when he spoke to me.
  • Oh! You really scared me. I nearly jumped out of my skin!
  • I knock at the door. No answer. I knock again. Still no answer. In a split second, I hear a dog barking behind me, and I practically jump out of my skin.

This is a video on this topic by Niharika:

Talking about ‘fear’ in English

I hope you’ll like it!

“Stick to your guns” – English idiom

To stick to your guns

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Example sentences from the web:

  • You must admire the way she sticks to her guns. She is not easy to persuade.
  • I’ll stick to my guns on this matter. I’m sure I’m right.
  • The people of the community stuck to their guns and marched in protests.

ORIGIN OF THIS IDIOM …

This expression originated at a time when guns were becoming the weapon of choice in warfare.
Stick to your guns” was a command given to sailors manning the guns, on military boats. They were to stay at their posts even when the boat was being attacked by enemies.

Stick to your guns – Bon Jovi

So you want to be a cowboy
Well you know it’s more that just a ride
Guess you got to know the real thing
If you want to know the other side
Ain’t nobody riding shotgun
In this world tonight

And when you spit, you better mean it
You got to make ’em all believe it
If you’re gonna be the one

Stick to your guns
Ain’t nobody gonna hurt you, baby
You can go for the trigger
But only if you have to
Aim from the heart
Some will love and some will curse you, baby,
And you can go to war
But only if you have to
It’s only if you have to

So you want to be the big time
Some people have to drag you down
There’s no living in the backseat
If you’re gonna drive through town
And when you pray for independence
Boy, you better stand your ground

You got to give it all you got now
Or you might get shot down
Fight hard until the battle is won

Stick to your guns
Ain’t nobody gonna hurt you, baby, 
You can go for the trigger
But only if you have to
Aim from the heart
Some will love and some will curse you, baby,
And you can go to war
But only if you have to
But only if you have to

Solo

Well, you know that I been through it
I got the scars to prove it
Fight hard and the Battle is yours

Stick to your guns
Ain’t nobody gonna hurt you, baby
You can go for the trigger
But only if you have to
Aim from the heart
Some will love and some will curse you, baby,
And you can go to war
But only if you have to
It’s only if you have to

But stick to your guns

“My lips are sealed” – English idiom

My lips are sealed

Example sentences from the web:

  • I’m not allowed to tell you about the party as my lips are sealed.
  • Don’t worry, Hanna. I won’t tell anyone your secret. My lips are sealed.
  • I’ve been there myself, so no judgments, and my lips are sealed.

Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s (80’s song):

Can you hear them
They talk about us
Telling lies
Well, that’s no surprise

Can you see them
See right through them
They have no shield
No secrets to reveal

It doesn’t matter what they say
In the jealous games people play
Our lips are sealed

There’s a weapon
That we must use
In our defense
Silence reveals

When you look at them
Look right through them
That’s when they’ll disappear
That’s when we’ll be feared

It doesn’t matter what they say
In the jealous games people play
Our lips are sealed

Give no mind to what they say
It doesn’t matter anyway
Our lips are sealed

Hush, my darling
Don’t you cry
Quiet, angel
Forget their lies

Can you hear them
They talk about us
Telling lies
Well, that’s no surprise

Can you see them
See right through them
They have no shield
No secrets to reveal

It doesn’t matter what they say
In the jealous games people play
Our lips are sealed

Pay no mind to what they say
It doesn’t matter anyway
Our lips are sealed
Our lips are sealed
Our lips are sealed