“To be/feel/look bushed” – English idiom

To be bushed

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Be/feel/look bushed

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Example sentences from the web:

  • After all that exercise, I’m bushed.
  • The poor kid is bushed, I’ll take her home. She’s not in any shape to take more right now.
  • “We’re off to bed now”, said Alfonso. “We are bushed!” Isabella laughed.
    “Well, we are”, said Ronnie, indignantly.
    “We’ve done a lot today, you know. And walked miles.”
    “I know that. I’m not laughing at you being tired, Ron. It’s just when we say in Australia that we’re bushed, it can also mean that we’re lost. Or confused. Like we don’t know what’s going on. Not just tired […].”
    Taken from Whitely, M, 2014, Bushed!, Elm House Publishing, p. 84.

Words and expressions from the example sentences that you may not know:

  • TO BE IN SHAPE => to be in good condition physically and functionally
  • TO BE OFF TO BED => .to go to bed; to go to sleep.

“The sky is the limit” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • I have an anniversary coming up, and my husband said the sky is the limit. So I was thinking why not make it jewelry?
  • With two important film roles andmajor award, it seems like the sky’s the limit for this talented young actress.
  • Order anything you like on the menu—the sky’s the limit tonight.

To play cat and mouse with (someone) – English idiom

To play cat and mouse withExample sentences from the web:

  • The man is playing cat and mouse with his company about his plans to quit or not.
  • She loved to play cat and mouse with an admirer, acting by turns friendly, indifferent, and jealous.
  • The actor spent all the week playing cat and mouse with the press.

“To have/get butterflies in (one’s) stomach”. – English idiom


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Example sentences from the web:

  • Her mouth was dry, there were butterflies in her stomach, and her knees were shaking so much it was hard to walk on stage.
  • The first day in front of a class, new teachers always have butterflies in their stomachs.
  • Before I went on stage, I had butterflies in my stomach.


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“Can’t carry a tune” – English idiom



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Variations of this idiom with the same meaning:

can’t carry a tune in a bucket;

can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket;

can’t carry a tune in a paper sack.

Examples from the web:

  • Mark: “Sing with us!”
    John: “Sorry. You wouldn’t want me to. I can’t carry a tune.”
  • I invited Sarah to join the choir but she refused, she told me she can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

A short article I found while surfing the web: “Can’t Carry a Tune? Work Out Your Vocal Muscles”. by Lena Groeger
This is the link (I opened it with Lingro, in this way if you click on a term that you don’t know, you can read the definition in English): http://lingro.com/translate/http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/physically-out-of-tune/
In short, the article is about physical reasons of bad singing.