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.

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Talking about ‘fear’ in English

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“A penny for your thoughts” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • A: What do you think of global warming?
    B: I don’t know.
    A: Penny for your thoughts?
    B: Well, if you want to know, I feel like people aren’t doing enough to stop it!
  • Noticing his friend was sad, Joe asked, “A penny for your thoughts?”
  • A: What do you think about Lisa? Penny for your thoughts?
    B: People don’t like Lisa very much because she is always giving her opinion, even if people aren’t asking for it.

A video on this idiom by Englishcafe:

“Social butterfly” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • Because he was not a social butterfly, he rarely went out in Washington.
  • Jessica is constantly out and about; she’s a real social butterfly.
  • Lulu is a social butterfly. She is always surrounded by people.

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

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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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